The internet has been abuzz since the first presidential debate when Mitt Romney vowed to cut government funding to PBS, despite his love for Big Bird.
“I’m sorry, Jim. I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you too. 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 it” Romney told presidential debate moderator, Jim Leher.
Big Bird then appeared on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” on Oct. 6, seven hours past his bed time, so all of the night owls who watched the debate may know the distress he faces after Romney’s comment.
“No, I’m a bird, tweeting is how we talk,” he told Weekend Update host, Seth Meyers.The “Sesame Street” character learned of his significance in the presidential debate when he received one million tweets afterwards, and not the Twitter kind either.
However, since the debate, Twitter has exploded with sympathy and concern for the bird. Countless memes have also fluttered through the internet, making Big Bird an instant celebrity.
Big Bird stressed that he can no longer “blend into the crowd like any other perfectly normal 8-foot-tall talking bird.” The bird must now cope with the hardships of fame. He has been asked to appear on Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show, far away from his nest along Sesame Street.
When asked about what he thought about Romney’s comment, Big Bird remained tight-beaked, saying that he wished not to “ruffle any feathers.”