Sesame Workshop asks Obama campaign to drop Big Bird ad

By Dru Sefton

Sesame Workshop has asked the Obama for America campaign to remove an online ad that contains a cameo appearance from its Big Bird character.

The 31-second video plays off GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s statement during the recent debates that he would end funding to PBS. The spot says Romney implies that “it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about, it’s Sesame Street,” comparing Big Bird to disgraced financiers including Bernie Madoff.

In response, Sesame Workshop, nonprofit home to Sesame Street, posted that it is a “nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

The Obama campaign told CBS News that the ad also will run on national cable.

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