Who would've thought that Big Bird would be such a headline generator? Especially since the friendly, feathery character is still making headlines nearly a week after the well-being of his show "Sesame Street" was called into question by Mitt Romney during the presidential debate.
The latest news surrounding Big Bird and Sesame Street comes out of President Obama's campaign stop at Ohio State University on Tuesday (October 9), where Grammy winner will.i.am made light of Romney's Big Bird comments by putting his own spin on the "Sesame Street" theme song, "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street."
The rapper, who served as DJ for the event, introduced our Commander in Chief with a remix of the happy and familiar tune.
"I'm a huge 'Sesame Street' fan," will told MTV News via email following Tuesday's event. "I personally selected this music because it means a lot to me and it is one of the first songs I ever remember hearing as a child. It was an honor to join President Obama at today's rally at Ohio State University to talk about the importance of voting and the urgent need to unify our country. We've made good progress, but we need to finish what we started nearly four years ago."
The remix was met with mixed reactions, judging from what attendees posted on Twitter (and the poster's political leanings).
"Now @iamwill is playing the Sesame Street theme song for the Obama crowd," wrote casual observer Reid Epstein. "Much, much more enthusiasm when @iamwill plays Journey than for the Sesame Street theme song," he later added.
New York Times political correspondent Jeff Zeleny also tweeted about the audience's surprise at will's creative interlude. "At Ohio State, will.i.am picks up Big Bird theme, playing Sesame Street song as a warm up act for Obama. Crowd looks confused."
will.i.am.'s lighthearted throwback to Romney's earlier remarks weren't the only time Big Bird and "Sesame Street" made news Tuesday, as the production team behind the show, the Sesame Workshop, issued an official statement written to both political campaigns — though directed at the Obama campaign regarding their new attack ad that features Big Bird — requesting that any mention of Big Bird in their respective advertising be immediately removed.
"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," Sesame Workshop said in a statement posted on their website. "We have approved no campaign ads, and, as is our general practice, have requested that both campaigns remove Sesame Street characters and trademarks from their campaign materials."
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