Republicans have always had beef with public broadcasting and Sesame Street in particular. The GOP has cried salty tears about Sesame Street trying to educate kids about race and racism, gay rights, AIDS and tons of other issues. But this month, there’s ire towards one Sesame Street character in particular: Big Bird. It all started when Big Bird’s official Twitter account announced, in Big Bird’s voice, that he had gotten the Covid vaccine. It makes sense that Sesame Street is doing this right now, because the Covid vaccines were only recently approved for little kids, and there have been so many amazing stories for a week now about little 5-year-olds being super-brave while they’re getting their vaccines. So Big Bird wanted to let those kids know that he also got his vaccine, and he didn’t even remember that he’d been getting vaccines since he was a little bird:
I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it'll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.
Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!
— Big Bird (@BigBird) November 6, 2021
President Biden praised Big Bird:
Good on ya, @BigBird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 8, 2021
Others noted that since the early days of Sesame Street, Big Bird and others have been pro-vaccine and pro-immunization programs. Big Bird especially has been involved with childhood vaccine programs since the 1970s. But apparently this was all breaking news to the chuckleheads of the modern GOP, especially Ted Cruz. Imagine being this upset that a fictional character in a beloved children’s show is trying to help kids stay safe with vaccines. Someone called Big Bird a communist!!! LMAO. All birds are communists.
Government propaganda…for your 5 year old! https://t.co/lKUlomnpq1
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2021
Big Bird coming over to vaccinate your kids. pic.twitter.com/LQODCO3GKg
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2021
They’re mad at big bird lol pic.twitter.com/S1ToEN5oEc
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) November 6, 2021
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