But that leaves open the issue of the 8-foot-2 icon vanishing from outlets that many poor children watch.
“In 2015, Sesame Street’s parent nonprofit, Sesame Workshop, signed a five-year funding agreement with the cable entertainment giant that gives HBO exclusive rights to new episodes. PBS gets the episodes nine months later, for free,” USA Today noted.
“But if individual PBS stations can’t afford to keep the lights on, the cuts could keep Big Bird & Friends from populating your children’s daytime TV schedules, advocates say.”
PBS President Paula Kerger told The Washington Post: “A number of those stations would go off the air. It’s an existential question for many of them.”
Fans and foes of Big Bird — whose birthday was Monday — debated the existential question as well.
After axing Big Bird and Meals on Wheels, Trump will nix Santa Claus and rainbows, neither of which has seen a strong return on investment.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 17, 2017
Trump Budget recap. Big bird bad. War good. Art, science, music. Fake. Breathing clean air? Overrated. Tax cuts for my friends. Tremendous.
— Sheila Hamilton (@SheilaHamilton) March 16, 2017
If Big Bird is so popular, he can exist in the private sector.
Big Bird doesn't need taxpayer money. pic.twitter.com/IE4T4xqC4o
— Mark Romano (@TheMarkRomano) March 17, 2017
What did Big Bird ever do to Trump? Maybe Trump doesn't want 3 year olds reading better then he does. pic.twitter.com/tnrizJT3GA
— Stop Trump 🍷 (@StopTrump2020) March 17, 2017
Yes, every morning, single mothers will wake up and thank god that their 50 cents a year for Big Bird can now go to an F-35. https://t.co/hPN12pBoWv
— David Simon (@AoDespair) March 16, 2017
Poor Big Bird – going to be drafted 😠 pic.twitter.com/NuSzEeZgbo
— Stop Trump 🍷 (@StopTrump2020) March 20, 2017
— James F. Haning II (@jameshaning) March 19, 2017
If liberals are so upset abt losing Big Bird & Ernie, get George Soros to divert some of his @MoveOn $$ to Sesame Street.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 18, 2017
The Republicans genius solution to balancing the budget. Consists of starving grandma's and going after Big Bird ! That'll do it !
— Adelino Camara (@ADIC33) March 17, 2017
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