'Sesame Street' urges Obama team to pull back 'Big Bird' Romney ad

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 06:54 hrs

Washington: The owners of children's show 'Sesame Street' have called on President Barack Obama's campaign to pull down a new advertisement that shows an image of Big Bird and mocks Republican nominee Mitt Romney for holding up the popular children's character as a symbol of unnecessary government spending.

During the presidential debate in Denver last week, Romney had said that he would slash funding to PBS, despite liking Big Bird.

"We do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind the long-running children's show, said.

"We have approved no campaign ads and, as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down," the BBC quoted Sesame Workshop, as saying.

According to the report, Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said the campaign was considering the request to remove the advertisement, which pokes fun at Romney's comments with clips of him mentioning Big Bird and PBS throughout the campaign.

"One man has the guts to say his name," the ad said, flashing to Romney and then the feathered character.

"Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy. Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about. It's Sesame Street," the ad shows.

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