Oct 17, 2012
By Scott Walker
More than 1,000 puppeteers and public broadcasting supporters are planning a march in Washington three days before the Presidential Election.
The so-called Million Puppet March follows Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks during the first presidential debate calling for the elimination of funding for PBS, which airs the popular children’s show Sesame Street.
Organizers originally called the event a Million Muppet March. But they note that they’ve changed the name to include sock puppets, hand puppets, marionettes, shadow puppets and mascots.
The producers of Sesame Street had told the Democrats to withdraw a campaign ad featuring Big Bird to capitalize on Romney’s remarks after the first debate. The Children’s Television Workshop says it wishes to remain neutral.