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Fired Big Bird meme continues with new DNC video

Big Bird is the new Invisible Obama is the new “long-form birth certificate” is the new “I can see Russia from my house!” (Plus dozens of other memes, huge and tiny, that have faded into the ether between 2008 and now.) Since Mitt Romney’s quip about liking Big Bird despite wanting to cut PBS’s funding was one of the few memorable moments in Wednesday’s presidential debate, we can expect to see this thing really get beaten into the ground over the next week or so — or longer, depending on whether next Thursday’s Paul Ryan/Joe Biden debate yields pay dirt.

In the meantime, the Democratic National Committee is capitalizing on our collective love for Sesame Street with this new video, which cuts together various news reports mentioning Romney’s “Big Bird” remark.  It’s worth watching, if only for Al Sharpton’s concluding dig at the former governor of Massachusetts: “The math doesn’t add up! Hmm… maybe Mr. Romney needs a little Sesame Street.READ FULL STORY

Big Bird winner of the debate -- on social media, anyway

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared early on in the first presidential debate Wednesday night “I love Big Bird,” but said he would still vote to cut funding for public broadcasting, everyone’s favorite oversized, yellow-feathered friend got a whole new level of fame: Internet fame.

During the debate, several twitter feeds popped up, including @BigBirdRomney, @BigBird, @FiredBigBird, and more, each gaining from hundreds to thousands of followers within minutes. There’s even a Big Bird for President Facebook page. #BigBird and his friend #OscartheGrouch both became Twitter trending topics during the course of the debate. Romney’s quip also spawned several memes and .gifs.

Twitter’s official politics feed, @gov, posted that there were “17,000 Tweets per minute for ‘Big Bird’ and 10,000 Tweets per minute for ‘PBS'” after that moment during the debate.

Some tweets from the newest birds on the Twitter block:


'Birdwalk Empire': It's ducks vs. clucks in 'Sesame Street' parody

To say that HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is a dark show is a bit of an understatement, but leave it to the geniuses at Sesame Street to find a way to lighten the mood. In a new four-minute video, ducks and chickens faceoff on the legendary “birdwalk.” But this time it’s Nucky Ducky Thompson who’s staking claim to the Birdwalk and Agent van Cuckoo who’s trying to keep the peace.

Check out the inspired parody below. You’ll be singing “Waddle, waddle, waddle, quack, quack, quack” for the rest of the day.

Cookie Monster and Grover take on 'The Avengers,' 'The Hunger Games,' and more...in song!


We still may not be able to tell you exactly how to get to Sesame Street, but the neighborhood’s beloved denizens know their way to the EW offices. Last year, Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped in to give us their versions of some popular TV shows, but this time around Elmo was too busy working on Elmo: The Musical—the show’s new singing-and-dancing segment that will replace the popular Elmo’s World—to make another visit. Luckily for us, Grover and Cookie Monster (a.k.a. the Blue Brothers) had enough wiggle room in their schedules to stop by to sing a few musical numbers of their own, parodying the likes of The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, and even The Newsroom. So if you were one of the many viewers who thought Aaron Sorkin’s biggest mistake was not saddling his newsman protagonist with a crippling cookie addiction, then this video is for you!


Cookie Monster's 'Call Me Maybe' spoof -- VIDEO

C is for cookie “Call Me Maybe”?

This post really only needs one sentence: Cookie Monster sings a brand-new song “Share It Maybe” to the tune of (as if I had to explain!) “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. The chorus? Lyrics such as “Me just met you, and this is crazy/ But you got cookie, so share it maybe?”

Watch the video below:


A new 'Sesame Street' movie: Whom do you want to see?

We may not be able to tell you how to get to Sesame Street, but we can tell you that the iconic children’s show will be making its way to the big screen again. Sources close to the project confirm that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and 20th Century Fox are taking on the third feature film outing for Children’s Television Workshop’s landmark program — as The Hollywood Reporter first reported. But it is still very early in the process — too early to say exactly what direction it’s going in or who should be the focus. But we’ve got some ideas for that.

The first movie, Follow that Bird (1985), shined the spotlight on the big yellow bird who’s a friend to everyone. And by the time Elmo in Grouchland (1999) came along, the little red puppet with that earworm of a laugh was the hottest thing going. (The countless hours my young son spent watching that movie was only made tolerable by my enjoyment of Mandy Patinkin’s broad performance as the bad guy who learns a lesson.)

So whose turn do you think it is to take the lead? My vote goes to Bert and Ernie . You want to talk about pop-culture staying power? Just last year, Sesame Street had to issue a release saying that contrary to popular opinion the two roommates were not gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Vote in our poll below!


Mockingjays: Coming soon to a laboratory near you!


Hunger Games fans, are you unsatisfied with this ho-hum world full of naturally occurring animals? Well, never fear! According to a New York Times article, the books’ symbolic mockingjay — the Capitol-flouting hybrid of a mockingbird and the fictional jabberjay spy bird — isn’t inconceivable. “The tools needed to modify organisms are already widely dispersed in industry and beyond. Do-it-yourself biology is growing,” writes James Gorman. He cited Freeman Dyson of the Princeton-based Institute for Advanced Study (former home to Albert Einstein), who “envisioned the tools of biotechnology spreading to everyone, including pet breeders and children, and leading to ‘an explosion of diversity of new living creatures.'”

The chance to hear the mockingjay’s rebel song got us thinking: What other fictional animals would we like to see made real? Read on for a few of our ideas, then share your own. READ FULL STORY

As the Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years, we celebrate our favorite pop culture cookie moments

I remember it like it was yesterday: I’d put on my brown skort, a white long-sleeved t-shirt, my freshly ironed Girl Scout vest, replete with newly-earned community service patches, and step outside my front door with a clipboard in hand, ready to take on even the most crotchety of homeowners. It was Girl Scout cookie time and neighbors, I was coming for you.

That said, when #GirlScouts began trending on Twitter today, I couldn’t help but think about all the ways pop culture has ingrained the beloved cookie into our minds and stomachs: READ FULL STORY

OK Go 'Sesame Street' video will edu-tain you about primary colors

The guys who previously taught us how to properly use a treadmill and master the art of canine-based dance are now tackling another subject: color theory.

Rock band OK Go, known for their offbeat viral videos, created an educational music video called “3 Primary Colors” for the folks down on Sesame Street. If we know anything, it’s that Sesame-related music videos are a special breed of wonderful.

The video features the same creative stop-motion style that the band commonly employs, with kid-friendly lyrics that explain the basics of primary colors: red and blue make purple, yellow and blue make green, red and yellow make orange, and so on and so forth. (If any of those statements came as a shock to you, then you might want to tune in when the clip airs on February 2nd.)

Check out the song after the jump, and let an educational palette of primary hues wash over you:

Gets Better Every Time: He's Elmo and he knows it!

I’ll be the first to admit, I have spent way too many Friday nights revisiting old viral videos on YouTube. There’s something entrancing, hypnotic even, about re-watching favorite clips that have somehow managed to permeate everyday conversation and are entertaining enough to view 5, 10, or 50 times. (I wish that was hyperbole, but I digress.)

That’s why I’m happy to introduce Gets Better Every Time, where we’ll share the funny (Charlie bit that finger!), sad (Army veteran reunites with dog!), and disturbing (orange, anyone?) videos that, even months later, we just can’t seem to get out of our heads.

One such culprit is “I’m Elmo and I Know It,” a kid-friendly parody of LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” featuring the eternally cheerful Elmo and a crew of supporting puppets who bop along as Elmo dances atop globes and serenades Whoopi Goldberg’s upper thigh. READ FULL STORY

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