One of the most enduring symbols of childhood for me is a large yellow bird. This bird goes by the name of Big. During the presidential debate last night, Republican candidate Mitt Romney stated that he would cut funding to PBS, and Mr. Bird’s residence of Sesame Street seemed like it could be on shaky ground.
“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” Romney said. “I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird…But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for. That’s number one.”
Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves Big Bird, because after Romney said the above, the Internet blew up. Literally. My computer started smoking and popping.
Seriously, though. NPR reported that Twitter “references to Big Bird were flying at 17,000 tweets per minute.” A lot of folks got their feathers ruffled (Overt bird reference. You’re welcome.)
I can’t help but think Sesame Street could survive if such funding was cut; I know my son has enough merch alone for a new paving job. But, I’m sure such a move would have a big impact on the show. For that reason and many others, a general outpouring of support burbled up and out of the Internet. It came in many forms: tweets, posts, blogs, and other things.
My favorite, though? Memes!
Here are some of my favorites:
I hope it goes without saying, that I certainly support Sesame Street. I’m pretty sure that show is the reason my son already knows his alphabet and a substantial amount of numbers. But, let it also be said that I’m not coming out for either candidate by showing my support for Big Bird and his compatriots. (Just wanted to throw that against the wall and make sure it sticks.)
Have you seen any Big Bird memes that made you chuckle? Share them!