Regardless of your political leanings, you've got to smile at this one. Hell, I'm Canadian--I don't have a dog in this fight--and I was eager to report on this. As a response to Mitt Romney's now infamous pledge to cut the federal funding to public broadcasting, a Los Angeles animation executive and an Idaho student have called for a "Million Muppet March" in Washington DC in support of PBS.
November 3rd, a mere three days before the election, the National Mall in DC will welcome as many muppets as Animax’s Michael Bellavia and student Chris Mecham can mustre. Bellavia purchased the website domain for the idea and Mecham had created a Facebook page for the event entirely independently; once one planner learned of the other, they decided to join forces for a common cause.
PBS, the home of 'Sesame Street,' received $445 Million in budget outlays in 2012. Mecham, from Idaho, has stressed the importance of public broadcasting in rural areas of America where few other media outlets are available. This is of course but one of many reasons that public broadcasting has proven essential and invaluable to the USA throughout the past century.
This is an hilarious turn of events in an election that has already featured Big Bird in a controversial pro-Obama political advertisement which was asked to be revoked.
Bellavia and Mecham both admit that they may fall short of the goal of 1,000,000 muppets, however the assemblage of puppets will certainly be impressive/intimidating.
I, for one, cannot wait to see this.