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Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:24 PM

Million Muppet March Planned to Defend 'Sesame Street' and PBS

Source: NBC News

Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public television's "Sesame Street," from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the "Million Muppet March."

The demonstration is planned for Nov. 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election.

Before the presidential debate between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had concluded on Oct. 3, two men who had never met each floated the Million Muppet March idea on social media. They immediately united to defend public broadcasting.

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Michael Bellavia, 43, an animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho, separately came up with the Million Muppet March idea in response.

Read more: http://theclicker.today.com/_news/2012/10/13/14419973-million-muppet-march-planned-to-defend-sesame-street-and-pbs?lite#__utma=14933801.685097151.1350169081.1350175868.1350180782.3&__utmb=14933801.1.10.1350180782&__utmc=14933801&__utmx=-&



Saw this at NBCnews.com and had to share.

Hope this isn't a duplicate or old news.

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Reply Million Muppet March Planned to Defend 'Sesame Street' and PBS (Original post)
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 OP
flamingdem Oct 2012 #1
wordpix Oct 2012 #2
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #3
wordpix Oct 2012 #5
flamingdem Oct 2012 #4
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #7
Betsy Ross Oct 2012 #8
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #11
Indpndnt Oct 2012 #16
xmas74 Oct 2012 #40
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #6
JackRiddler Oct 2012 #10
nolabear Oct 2012 #14
JackRiddler Oct 2012 #22
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #29
JimboBillyBubbaBob Oct 2012 #30
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #31
Betsy Ross Oct 2012 #9
WorseBeforeBetter Oct 2012 #12
unc70 Oct 2012 #21
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #25
nolabear Oct 2012 #13
flamingdem Oct 2012 #18
nolabear Oct 2012 #15
tavalon Oct 2012 #17
wordpix Oct 2012 #28
TomCADem Oct 2012 #19
dougolat Oct 2012 #45
left-of-center2012 Oct 2012 #20
obxhead Oct 2012 #23
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #26
obxhead Oct 2012 #27
SouthLouisianaWoman Oct 2012 #33
obxhead Oct 2012 #24
Phentex Oct 2012 #32
wordpix Oct 2012 #34
Phentex Oct 2012 #35
nolabear Oct 2012 #36
DirkGently Oct 2012 #37
zonkers Oct 2012 #38
rug Oct 2012 #39
SoapBox Oct 2012 #41
yellerpup Oct 2012 #42
goclark Oct 2012 #43
AnnieBW Oct 2012 #44
athenasatanjesus Oct 2012 #46
Great Caesars Ghost Oct 2012 #47
Uncle Joe Oct 2012 #48
Great Caesars Ghost Oct 2012 #49
Uncle Joe Oct 2012 #50
Great Caesars Ghost Oct 2012 #53
LanternWaste Oct 2012 #51
Great Caesars Ghost Oct 2012 #52

Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:27 PM

1. They will be a run on Big Bird costumes! Bet on yellow feathers! nt

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:32 PM

2. any ideas for a homemade muppet costume? I'd like to go but Big Bird is too ambitious for my sewing

ability

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Response to wordpix (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:36 PM

3. The Count?

Muppify a Dracula costume?

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:46 PM

5. sounds good, I could manage that

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Response to wordpix (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:41 PM

4. You could do a sleeping bag with two styrofoam balls with pupils?

I'm talking basic here!

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:12 PM

7. You'd be warm...

...which would be a good thing in November in DC!

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Response to wordpix (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:13 PM

8. Make it simple

Bright color fake fur,
Any amount,
Anywhere on your body.
That should do it!
No, really. Anyone who thinks they couldn't make a costume, do it!

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Response to Betsy Ross (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:33 PM

11. Any QAF fans?

Your post made me think of Emmett in his blue fake fur hooker coat.

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Response to Betsy Ross (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:39 AM

16. When Betsy Ross tells us how to make/sew anything, people should listen! Be patriots!

And, yes, that costume idea sounds very doable.

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Response to wordpix (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:57 PM

40. Why sew?

Buy a yellow sweatsuit and attach a few feathers here and there with a bit of tape or sticky fabric glue. Get a yellow stocking cap and attach a few more feathers to it in the same manner, maybe a bit of yellow face paint. Carry a teddy bear or even make a sign about Big Bird or PBS-everyone will get the gist.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 10:50 PM

6. If one's not a purist...

...one could go with characters from "The Muppet Show" like the 2 curmudgeonly old guys or the Swedish chef.

It is a muppet march, so I imagine there will be Muppet Show characters too. And I doubt there will be anyone there policing costumes.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:25 PM

10. Solidarity of all muppets in the public and private sectors!

Who's the reddest muppet, damn it?

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:32 AM

14. Elmo, silly.

But I want to see Guy Smiley. He's a dead ringer for Mitt.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #14)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:19 AM

22. Elmo? After my time. But Oscar...

I hope he's no longer so lumpen!

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:34 AM

29. I'd love to see

2 older white gentlemen there dressed as The Muppet Show's curmudgeonly old gents with a sign that reads "Two Angry White Men for Obama."

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Reply #29)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:09 AM

30. Two Angry Old Men

I'll be there with my older brother. He's 60 and I'm close to 59. We will have a huge sign!

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Response to JimboBillyBubbaBob (Reply #30)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:13 AM

31. Wonderful! :)

Be sure to take pictures!

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 11:19 PM

9. Just sent the link to my brother in NY

Whose most recent fb picture is a photo of him with Jim Henson, back in the early 70's. I hope he can make the march.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:12 AM

12. I hope Paperhand Puppet Intervention out of NC participates.



You know, puppet solidarity!

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Response to WorseBeforeBetter (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:35 AM

21. Paperhand is awesome!

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Response to WorseBeforeBetter (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:33 AM

25. Wow!

Definitely awesome!

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:31 AM

13. The Muppets Take DC. (How can they march without feet?)

I'm getting loopy.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:43 AM

18. They'll roll!

Now that will be a good media spectacle ..

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:33 AM

15. It's not easy being blue.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:40 AM

17. Many of us are doing it for Halloween, so our costumes will be all ready

I'm going to carry a sign that says, this bird brought to you be the numbers 4 and 7 and %. On the back, I'm going to have an Obama sticker and "Don't Forget to Vote!"

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Response to tavalon (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:14 AM

28. for The Count, a sign that reads: Countdown to Obama's 2nd term

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:43 AM

19. The Right Wing Has Been Trying To Kill PBS As A Favor For Corporate Media

Look at Sheldon Adelson giving his Israeli newspaper away for free to drive his more liberal competitors out of business.

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Response to TomCADem (Reply #19)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 03:57 AM

45. Public airwaves used for the public? Heresy!...nt

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:11 AM

20. Save Big Bird

Vote for Obama/Biden

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 08:43 AM

23. I've got to go see this and document it.

I know the media will ignore it.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #23)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:35 AM

26. I'm usually cynical about the mainstream media too

but I don't think even they will be able to ignore large numbers of muppets--and people --on the National Mall.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Reply #26)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:45 AM

27. They've done it countless times.

Huge marches with a total media blackout, even in DC.

I live close though, so I'll be there anyway.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #27)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:24 AM

33. I hope you're wrong,

but if not, it looks like we'll have a lot of documentation from DUers. Can't wait to see the pics!

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:22 AM

32. I checked into this...

as I would love it!

But it's only 3 hours long. I can't justify traveling that far for three hours.


Too bad they can't combine it with Muppet Fest!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #32)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:24 AM

34. It's on the Mall, there's lots to do before and after, go to the Museums and take a walk around the

memorials. There are days of worthwhile things to do in the immediate area.

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Response to wordpix (Reply #34)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:38 AM

35. I've done all that and I'm sure I could again but I am a Muppet fan...

I want to be Muppety!

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:33 PM

36. I hope puppeteers all over the country get together for this. It could be a thing to see!

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:50 PM

37. Hell. Yes. A man never stoops so low as when he punches an 8-foot puppet.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:53 PM

38. Word has it, Oscar is way beyond grouchy right now.

And we all know Bert is not afraid to get into the fray.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:00 PM

39. It should be called the Two Million Hand March.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:15 PM

41. Uh oh...maybe not so many of these costumes?

Maybe not what I would think of for the march but hey, guess there will be a Muppet for everyone!

"Sexy Sesame Street Halloween Costumes"

http://boingboing.net/2012/10/10/sexy-sesame-street-halloween-c.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 08:21 PM

42. I don't like the idea at all.

It sets up an opportunity for Mitt to see the light and embrace Big Bird before the election. Oh, and because everyone is representing Muppets, they are obliged to forgive as only a chld can forgive.

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:32 PM

43. Get ready

Halloween is on the way!

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:50 PM

44. I'll have to bring Dominar Rygel XVI

He's a Muppet, kind of. Well, he was made by the Henson Creature Shop for "Farscape".

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 06:55 PM

46. Will citizens of Fraggle Rock be allowed? nt

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Response to SouthLouisianaWoman (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 09:58 PM

47. A well intentioned goofball mistake

 

Although the cause is just, there is, without question, no way in hell anyone will take this seriously. It'll just be "the lighter side of the news" look from the nation.

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Response to Great Caesars Ghost (Reply #47)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:25 AM

48. For whatever it's worth having a Stewie avatar and preaching about seriousness seems kind of ironic.

Aside from that I believe this kind of protest will have emotional, intrinsic value further highlighting Romney's disconnect from the masses.



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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #48)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:41 AM

49. What does my avatar have anything to do with this?

 

All I said was having muppets/puppets/whathaveya as a major part of the protest (which I agree that cutting public TV/radio funding is evil) diminishes credibility and the seriousness of the matter. Why? The puppets in particular will just steal the show and the message will big utterly ignored. Tourists who travel to DC will stumble on to them, look at the puppets and say "how cute!". The Puppeteer/protestor will be overcome with pride in his/her craftsmanship will have the real message, the reason he/she is there in the first place, will go out the other ear.

Lamens (sp) terms, PUPPETS/MUPPETS = DISTRACTION!

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Response to Great Caesars Ghost (Reply #49)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 03:00 PM

50. The muppets/puppets have emotional power at least one generation if not two have grown up

watching Sesame Street from a very early age, this was pre-education for tens of millions of Americans many at a disadvantaged income level.

The muppets' image hold an emotional, intrinsic value tied to those days and Romney for all practical purposes is against governmental support of this public treasure.

Either Romney doesn't see the value or he doesn't care, in either case he's disconnected and a muppet/puppet protest would highlight this realism gulf between him and the masses.

I was only teasing about your avatar, peace to you.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #50)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 05:03 PM

53. no prob

 

was dumbfounded over the avatar remark.

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Response to Great Caesars Ghost (Reply #49)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 04:36 PM

51. Not a distraction-- an issue taken on by the issue itself.

Not a distraction-- an issue taken on by the image of the issue itself-- American style branding at its best. Certainly doesn't minimize or diminish credibility-- by the very act itself, it add credibility via brilliant marketing.

Although I realize you've already convinced yourself no one will take its seriously, and although you've already convinced yourself that people will do A and B at the expense of C (with zero supporting evidence) I imagine there will be a rather large contingent of people who do.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #51)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 05:02 PM

52. I guess we'll take it as a wait and see moment then.

 

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