‘Million Muppet March’ Planned In DC To Protect Federal Funding For PBS

Mitt Romney’s now infamous pledge to eliminate federal funding for PBS despite his affection for Big Bird and Jim Lehrer is getting still more pushback. Today a Los Angeles animation exec and an Idaho student are planning a ‘Million Muppet March’ for November 3rd at the National Mall in Washington DC three days before the election. Reuters reports Animax’s Michael Bellavia and student Chris Mecham came up with the idea separately during the October 3rd debate. Bellavia bought the Internet address www.millionmuppetmarch.com and discovered Mecham already had the Facebook page. The two fans of Sesame Street connected before the debate was over and started planning. PBS received $445 million in federal budget outlays in 2012. Mecham comes from rural Idaho and says public broadcasting is important in sparsely populated areas that receive no other signals over the air. The men concede they may fall short of a million people but “it does seem like we might get close to the biggest ever assemblage of puppets in one place and probably the most ever puppets marching on Washington,” says Bellavia.

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