The million puppet march – fighting for public broadcasting

It might have been the friendliest rally to ever come to the Mall — especially three days before the election. Puppets and toddlers danced. Grown-ups in furry costumes sang. A girl dressed as Cookie Monster handed out Chips Ahoys to passersby. There was even a puppet-themed wedding.

The Million Puppet March — a political rally against Mitt Romney’s debate remarks about Big Bird and cutting funding to public television — may not have actually been a million puppets strong, but furry monsters came from far and near in a post-Halloween parade of support for PBS on Saturday…

“I am the way I am — I’m an artist — because of ‘Sesame Street’ and PBS,” said Michael Montgomery, who came up from Orlando, Fla., with puppet Eddie. “To even think that that could go away is sad, and I want to raise my support for it in any way that I can.”

“I used to work for Sesame Street, and not only did it change my life as a kid, it changed my life as an adult,” said Michael Schupbach, who came in from New York City with his puppet Malcolm. “I can speak for the people who work there, everyone there knows how important their job is, they know they’re reaching 17 million kids every day.”

Malcolm described himself as a distant cousin of Oscar the Grouch. “We’re friends on Facebook,” the furry green puppet said. “I believe we’ve endorsed each other on LinkedIn.”

Schupbach also brought an “Oven Mitt Romney” puppet — a green oven mitt with stern-looking eyes…

…Charlie Anderson and Lisa, who declined to give her last name, met on five years ago and came from North Kingstown, R.I., to get married in Lincoln Park before the rally. The groom dressed as Big Bird in a yellow tuxedo. The bride, in a green gown, dressed as Kermit…

Other fans and puppeteers, from Vermont’s professional Bread and Puppet Theater to amateur PBS enthusiasts with sock puppets, came from afar — even braving transportation obstacles caused by the hurricane…

Dana Cook brought her daughter, Emma, from Wilmington, N.C., for the rally, along with their puppets: Frederick, a sheepdog, and a penguin named Lucy. “I just made that up,” said Emma, who agreed that her mom was probably the coolest ever for letting her miss school Friday to travel to Washington to play with puppets.

It’s the perfect protest to teach my daughter about protests,” said Dana, who is a fan of NPR. “There wouldn’t be angry people — there would be puppets.”

If I had been there – it would have been out of anger. How dare these papier mache conservatives try to shut down nationwide educational TV? I’m too old to have ever watched the kiddies’ shows; but, the myriad of documentaries, Masterpiece theatre variants, history delivered to a public that hardly knows the realities of our Civil War – all have served to educate folks like me who don’t intend to stop learning. Especially since the worst political hacks in this land are the ones telling me to shut up and stop watching PBS.

Scumbags of the worst kind. Their hatred of education and the educated is characteristic of their breed throughout history.

One thought on “The million puppet march – fighting for public broadcasting

  1. Candy says:

    Inside the Venture-Capital Arm of “Sesame Street” “…According to a 2015 study, published in the journal Pediatrics, ninety-seven per cent of children have used a mobile device by the time they turn one. About two-thirds of kids discover “Sesame Street” through on-demand services. Matthew Wong, a research analyst at CB Insights, told me that investors have responded to these trends, and began putting in serious money “five, six, seven years ago.” A report by CB Insights showed that, in 2015, annual funds poured into education technology from venture-capital firms increased sixty-four per cent over the year before, and the number of deals being made rose ten per cent.”

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