Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz seems to think Big Bird is a government enterprise.
Sesame Street staple announced Saturday that it had received the COVID-19 vaccine, just days after the FDA approved Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5-11.
“My wing hurts a little, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that will keep me and others healthy,” the giant bird tweeted.
It would seem that it was a rather joyful holiday for the icon of childhood, which is always 6 years old. But conservative politicians and experts did not like it.
“Government propaganda … for your five year old child!” Cruz tweeted, seemingly unaware that Big Bird is not actually on the White House payroll.
Fox News employee Lisa Booth falsely claimed that children were not at risk of contracting COVID-19, while Newsmax host Steve Cortez similarly accused the children’s program of “propaganda.”
Sesame Street is certainly not government propaganda, but rather the product of the non-profit Sesame Workshop, which is described on its website as “a community built on diversity, equality and inclusiveness where creators, educators, partners and memorable characters come together to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. “
Big Bird has specifically promoted vaccination since at least the 1970s and even pointed out on Saturday that he “has been receiving vaccines since I was a little bird.”
Elmo also announced Saturday that he plans to be vaccinated “soon.”