The Obama campaign has released this video. Is it Fair Use or the injection of copyrighted material into a political debate?
Like so many musical performers whose works were appropriated by politicians, The Children’s Television Workshop wants the ad taken down.
Sesame Workshop 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.
Of course, there’s also the reality that if a presidential campaign has to roll out Big Bird, it’s got big, big problems.
By the way, we’ll be happy to crowdsource the question: When’s the last time a presidential campaign used a fictional TV character in a campaign commercial? Don’t let us down here, Internet.
Meanwhile, Public Policy Polling has included Big Bird in its poll released a few minutes ago.
Thirty-two percent of Minnesotans surveyed aren’t sure of their opinion of Big Bird. People, Sesame Street went on the air 43 years ago. Do you need more time?