Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz thinks Big Bird is a government plant.
The “Sesame Street” staple announced Saturday that it had received its COVID-19 vaccine, just days after the FDA approved the Pfizer shot for children ages 5-11.
“My plumage is a bit sore, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy,” tweeted the supersized bird.
It was quite a joyous celebration for the childhood icon, who always turns 6 years old. But conservative politicians and pundits were not so happy.
“Government propaganda… for your 5-year-old!” Cruz tweeted, apparently unaware that Big Bird is actually not on the White House payroll.
Fox News contributor Lisa Booth falsely claimed that children are not at risk from COVID-19, while Newsmax host Steve Cortes similarly accused the children’s program of “hype”.
“Sesame Street” is, of course, not government propaganda, but a product of the non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, which is described on its website as “a community built on diversity, equality and inclusion, where creators, teachers, partners and the unforgettable” as has been explained. The characters come together on a mission to help kids be smarter, stronger, and kinder. “
Big Bird in particular has been advocating for vaccinations since at least the 1970s and even told Saturday that they “have had vaccines since I was a little bird.”
Elmo also announced on Saturday that he plans to get his shot “soon.”