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Jon Stewart on The Big Bird Wars

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens October 9, 2012 at 10:53AM

Who would have thought that the possible firing of Big Bird would become a topic of national debate? (Yes, it sometimes takes threatening a puppet to create a political uproar.) After Mitt Romney’s threat to cut funding for PBS, Jon Stewart took a closer look at how Sesame Street is “indoctrinating our children,” as some right-wing-nuts have claimed. Teaching kids to share? That’s just a recipe for social dependency.
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Who would have thought that the possible firing of Big Bird would become a topic of national debate? (Yes, it sometimes takes threatening a puppet to create a political uproar.) After Mitt Romney’s threat to cut funding for PBS,  Jon Stewart took a closer look at how Sesame Street is “indoctrinating our children,” as some right-wing-nuts have claimed. Teaching kids to share? That’s just a recipe for social dependency.

Here’s how Wyatt Cenac and John Oliver’s Muppet selves addressed the issue on that unmissable show, This Week With George Snuffleupagus.

This article is related to: Big Bird, Television, Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Wyatt Cenac, Sesame Street, Mitt Romney

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