If you haven't already heard, the breakout star from the first presidential debate was Big Bird.
(Sorry, Jim Lehrer.)
And now, it looks like the giant bird from Sesame Street will be getting some massive puppet support just before the election with the Million Muppet March.
That's right, in the tradition of the Million Man March and the Million Mom March, Washington, D.C., will host a rally of puppets on Nov. 3, just three days before the election, to decry Mitt Romney's proposed cuts to PBS.
The idea is the brainchild of Michael Bellavia, a 43-year-old animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, 46-year-old writer studying political science at Boise State University in Idaho. Neither man knew each other before they were inspired to create a protest in show of solidarity with Sesame Street and public broadcasting, but both came up with the idea and name independently before the debate ended. Michael had bought and registered the domain name www.millionmuppetmarch.com, while Chris had created a Facebook page. Within a half-hour of the debate finishing up, both had joined forces were planning the "march."
Chris and Michael admit that there won't really be a million muppets (we're also obligated to point out that Big Bird isn't technically a muppet). But, they describe the event as a "lovefest" starring the anthropomorphic pieces of felt with skits and musical performances on the National Mall. It even runs the possibility of being the largest gathering of puppets ever in Washington ... not counting Congress, of course.
So, prepare yourselves! It's time to meet the muppets.
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