“My wing hurts a little, but this gives my body extra protection that keeps myself and others healthy,” tweeted Big Bird, Beno’s American counterpart on Dutch Sesame Street. The bird is 6 years old and has recently become eligible for vaccination in the United States, starting a vaccination campaign for children aged 5-11 years there.
Conservative politicians and commentators couldn’t help but laugh at the tweet. “Government propaganda…for your five-year-old,” Republican Senator Ted Cruz wrote on Twitter. Fox News commentator Lisa Booth erroneously stated in response to a tweet that children are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus. Newsmax host Steve Curtis has also accused Sesame Street of dangerous publicity.
However, this is not the first time that the Big Bird has urged children to be vaccinated. As a result of the turmoil, pictures appeared on the Internet in 1972, when the bird also called on children not to wait any longer and get vaccinated (“Don’t wait, get vaccinated”). And in his tweet from Saturday, Big Bird also wrote that he “has been getting vaccinated since he was a little bird.”
Big Bird’s tweet came after a media session from Sesame Street and CNN for families with questions about childhood vaccination. Elmo also announced that he would be vaccinated quickly.
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