Ever since last week's presidential debates, Mitt Romney's comments about cutting back funding to PBS, even though he loves Big Bird and Sesame Street, have sparked a lot controversy and talk on the street. Many anti-Republicans immediately started attacking back, using images of Sesame Street characters on social media, as well as on promotional products. Everywhere you turn, you can see promotional t-shirts referencing Romney's comments about Sesame Street and mocking his remarks from the debate.
Of course, even though this may seem like a direct attack on some of our favorite childhood characters, I believe it was intended as an example of cutbacks (to government subsidies for public broadcasting) that would take place if Romney were elected. I am not sure if this was such a good direction for him to take though, taking into consideration how much he emphasizes the importance of education. Considering the value of educational programming PBS offers, you would think that Romney would want to keep Big Bird on the air. However, as of last week, it has come down to a matter of "choose Romney, lose Big Bird".
Finally, I would like to add, I am still undecided who to vote for in the 2012 elections. Though I am sure Romney's comments have made MANY people think - do we want to say farewell to some of our favorite childhood characters? I don't think so - though is this what we should base our election decision on - I hope NOT.