Sesame Workshop Asks Obama Campaign To Take Down Anti-Romney Big Bird Ad

By Megan O'Neill 

This morning a new anti-Romney ad featuring Big Bird hit the Barack Obama YouTube channel.  Currently stuck at 315 views, the video has gone viral immediately, but it looks like it’s not going to last as Sesame Street has requested that the ad be taken down.

In a post on the Sesame Workshop blog, the children’s television workshop writes, “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns.  We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

Thanks to Romney’s comments on PBS and Big Bird in last week’s Presidential debate, the big yellow bird has become something of an icon for the anti-Romney camp and the Obama campaign has jumped on the bandwagon in this latest campaign ad.  The ad, which stresses the point that, “According to Mitt Romney, it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street,” jokingly reveals Big Bird as the evil genius behind Bernie Madoff, Dennis Kozlowski, and Ken Lay.

For the time being, it’s still up so until it’s taken down (if it’s taken down) you can check it out below).

As far as I can tell, the Obama campaign’s use of Big Bird and the Sesame Street material falls under fair use, but it would also be wise for the President to stay on Big Bird’s good side, so it will be interesting to see how they proceed.

What do you think of the campaign?  Do you think that it should be taken down as per Sesame Workshop’s request?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.