President Joe Biden praised the fictional character Big Bird on Sunday for getting the coronavirus vaccine, as the administration begins a new push to get all children ages 5-11 vaccinated.
The president’s Twitter account replied to a message from Big Bird’s social media account informing everyone that it was vaccinated.
“I got the COVID-19 vaccine today!” Big Bird’s account read. “My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.”
“Good on ya, Big Bird,” Biden’s account replied. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe.”
Good on ya, @BigBird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 8, 2021
Sesame Street characters participated in a CNN town hall meeting about the vaccines, informing children that the vaccines were good and important.
During the town hall, Big Bird expressed his fears about the vaccine, prompting Dr. Sanjay Gupta to suggest bringing a stuffed animal to the vaccine appointment.
“You know what I like to do? I like to bring something from home that might make me feel safe like a favorite toy maybe,” he said, showing Big Bird a stuffed pony doll.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) described Big Bird’s messaging as government propaganda.
“Government propaganda…for your 5 year old!” he wrote, prompting enormous backlash online from the left.
Cruz further reacted to the controversy, noting that when people criticized Big Bird, liberals “lose their sh**.”
Liberals are weird.
They don’t care about open borders.
Or rising inflation.
Or schools covering up sexual assaults.
Or the disaster of Afghanistan.
Or tyrannical Dems violating medical privacy & freedom.
But criticize Big Bird? And they lose their sh**. 🏻♂️ https://t.co/KdiRfQW4Du
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2021
Other fictional Sesame Street characters promoted the vaccines on Twitter.
Well this stinks. Apparently, the COVID-19 vaccines won’t make you feel grouchy at all! That's what @KizzyPhD said at today's town hall, anyway. You might get a sore arm and feel tired, so at least there’s that.
— Oscar the Grouch (@OscarTheGrouch) November 6, 2021
Elmo was so happy to talk to @DrSanjayGupta at the town hall today! Elmo learned that Elmo's friends can get the COVID-19 vaccine now, and soon Elmo can too!
— Elmo (@elmo) November 6, 2021
Super Grover may have many special superpowers, but he also knows when to ask a friend for help! Thank you @KizzyPhD for teaching us aaaaall about COVID-19 vaccines at the town hall today!
— Grover (@Grover) November 6, 2021