Hey You! Mr. Wannabe President, do us all a favor
and keep your clammy, filthy, brown-facing, commercial airliner window-button-installing,
Mitts off Big Bird.
Far be it from me to question the conservative deep thinkers.
I could easily say that the GOP is simply using
that famous kid’s educational show, Sesame
Street, as a metaphor for their across-the-board
angst toward public television, except for one thing. When it comes to the
right, lunacy isn’t out of bounds. So when I listened to Mitt Romney tee-off on
PBS and Big Bird during Debate-1 against the President, I was reminded of years
ago when a Christian right figure took a look at a show called Teletubbies and
somehow managed to cook up a theory that singled out the purple Muppet to be
Gay. Back in 1999 wacko-cleric and conservative pundit Reverend Jerry Falwell
astutely and figuratively fingered one of their characters, Tinky Winky, as
being a homosexual because (drum roll please) his color being purple and his
(or her’s, don’t ask me, I don’t watch those shows) triangular antenna are seen
by some as symbols of Gay pride.
Teletubbies was an award-winning British TV series
aired by the BBC. To this day, I still wonder how the good Reverend could pull
this off while ignoring Bugs Bunny (an infamous cross-dresser who once wore
pink boxing shorts while fighting The
Crusher “Just stopping by to say hello”), Daffy Duck (a chronic lisper),
and the Solenoid Robots (one of them donned a wig and ran for Miss America on an
episode of Roger Ramjet). How he missed these startling clues that would
have made him a national hero is beyond me. Don’t forget the right’s targeting
of SpongeBob; far be it from me to question the conservative deep thinkers.
Romney’s beef with the bird probably has no more
suggestive undercurrents than that his infantile mind really thinks it’s a big
yellow bird, and this is consistent with his desire for commercial jet-liners
to be loaded with automatic windows. This is based on the incident involving
his wife, Ann. Most of you know by now she was recently on a plane that was
forced to make an emergency landing in Colorado
due to smoke from an electrical fire filling the cabin. The Mittster chose the auto-windows (possibly over ABS and donut tires) as a
simple solution to a complicated problem, just as conservatives habitually do.
And he was Serious! There was a time when I would have understood him. When I
was a kid (I had yet to fly then) my solution to plane crashes was to just wait
until the plane almost hit the ground... and jump. That way I’d avoid the
impact. I had the system beat, LOL!
Of course most 7-11 year-olds back then were
handicapped by lack of knowledge of physics, and the big explosion that would
get me even if given that I was blessed enough to still be alive. What’s Mitt’s
When it comes to the right, lunacy isn’t out of bounds
The conservatives on the other hand have long hated
PBS; it’s not really Sesame Street
or Teletubbies that bother them. It’s what the right sees as PBS’ shameless
line of shows and documentaries that focus on and humanize social and economic
justice and peace, such as Democracy Now, Frontline and even worse, Civil
Rights era figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and the Black
Panthers. To them, airing shows on these icons is like finger nail sounds
running across a blackboard. I have watched many a Malcolm X documentary on PBS
on a Sunday while football was on. To them, it’s like giving aid and comfort to
the other side. No other network would have done that, especially among the Big
Three. Free speech is only for the 53%. PBS is “Fair” to Fox’s imbalance.
The same holds true for NPR and some local black talk radio stations vs. the
majority dominant ClearChannel and the big-name shows aired on their powerful
frequencies: Rush, Hannity, Savage, etc.
Don’t believe Romney or any of the others who try
to use money and affordability as a smokescreen to hide their bias. The $445
million funded to PBS equates to .0001 of the federal budget. Big Mitt says we’re
borrowing money from the Chinese to keep Big Bird on the air. Does Big Bird
even go to a Chinese restaurant, or does that money just leave the Chinese
community permanently? According to a national survey commissioned by PBS “69% of voters oppose
elimination of government funding for public broadcasting (27% are for it).”
This wouldn’t be of any consequence were a white President in office with the
exact same accomplishments, but we are still witnessing the MAO Syndrome (mad
at Obama) and expect to see much more of it during the next four years.
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