Senator Ted Cruz met with Family Guy producer Seth McFarlane on Sunday, faced with Big Bird’s announcement over the weekend that the big yellow puppet had been vaccinated.
Yes, the announcement was made by Sesame Street character Big Bird, who is 6 years old, and therefore became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination last week.
The Texas Republican had criticized the tweet on Saturday morning from Big Bird as “Government propaganda … for your 5 year old!”
“Today I was given a vaccine against COVID-19! My wing hurts a little, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that will keep me and others healthy, ”said the 8’2” bird on Twitter.
Big Bird also mentioned that CNN host Erica Hill told him that he had been receiving vaccines since childhood and said he had no idea.
The Big Yellow Bird has appeared on Sesame Street since 1969. Cruz has supported childhood vaccines (such as measles) in the past, but said he believed powers should be decided at the state level. On Thursday, the senator introduced legislation that would prohibit the introduction of childhood vaccines (but not vaccines) by the federal government and any organization receiving federal funds, leaving the decision to the discretion of parents.
On Sunday morning, McFarlane reacted to the dust explosion story with a tweet that named many of the Sesame Street and The Muppets characters.
“No wonder Big Bird is smarter than Ted Cruise,” Creator of the films Ted and Ted 2. tweeted Sunday morning. “Like Kermit, Ernie, Bert, Grover, Oscar, Cookie Monster, Earl, Mr. Snufflupagus, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Rawlfe, Dr. Tooth, Swedish Chef, Scooter, Janice, Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Glass. , and an animal. “
Actor George Takei jumped into the mess a few hours later, tweeting: “Fun Facts Distinguishing Big Bird from Ted Cruise: Big Bird will help kids get vaccinated safely. Ted Cruz, no. … Big Bird can’t fly. Even Cancun is in the midst of a crisis. Ted Cruz? Of course. … Nobody hates Big Bird. Except for Ted Cruise. ”
Cruise, who has two teenage girls, lashed out at McFarlane on Sunday night, retweeting McFarlane’s comment and writing, “Well, every one of them is a puppet, most of them have their hands in their butts.
“@SethMacFarlane is one of the funniest souls on the planet. I am sorry to see that he is a shilling for petty authoritarian figures who deny you the right to make your own medical choices. #YourBodyYourChoice “. Cruz did not answer and did not mention Takei.
MacFarlane, who has no children, did not tweet following a comment criticizing the politician’s intelligence.
Cruz summarized his thoughts on the fight with Big Bird. tweet Saturday night.
“Liberals are strange,” wrote the senator. “They don’t care about open borders. … Or rising inflation. … Or schools that hide sexual assault. … Or the disaster of Afghanistan. … Or tyrannical Demos violating the privacy and freedom of medicine. … But criticize Big Bird? And they are losing their shit. “
Children’s doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were authorized for emergency use in children aged 5 years and older on October 29, and the CDC recommended injections last week.
“Children can catch the virus that causes COVID-19 and can get COVID-19,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website said. “Most children with COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms at all (‘asymptomatic’). COVID-19 affects fewer children than adults. “
The Times reported last week that more than 8,300 children aged 5 to 11 have been hospitalized nationwide due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including nearly 400 children in Los Angeles County. About 100 children in this age group have died from COVID-19 across the country, including one in Los Angeles County.