October 12, 2012

THE MILLION METAPHOR MARCH: “Million Muppet March” planned to defend U.S. backing for PBS on the Saturday before the election, according to Reuters:

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 November 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 October 3, two men who had never met each floated the Million Muppet March idea on social media. They immediately united to defend public broadcasting.

The stories write themselves, don’t they? To build on something I mentioned earlier today, no wonder Jon Stewart is nervous about Obama desperately clutching to a security blanket Muppet at a time of crisis, and how deeply unserious it makes him look. This march, built around a surreal television character on the weekend before the election, sounds very much like Stewart and Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” — the weekend before Congress changed parties.

But it gets better: Obama himself was at Louis Farrakhan’s original Million Man March in 1995. Whatever happens the following Tuesday, if the “Million Muppet March” actually does take place, it will be quite a bookend to the activist career of the World’s Biggest Media Myth.

UPDATE: Heh, indeed:™



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