Big Bird and his friends are reportedly banned from the Republican Party’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference next year.
The CPAC committee tweeted on Thursday that Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie, are reportedly banned from attending their conference in 2022. One tweet reads, “Big Bird & Big Gov. Mandates? NO .THANK .YOU.” with a series of clapping emojis. Their decision was made after an episode of Sesame Street showed Big Bird receiving the COVID-19 vaccine which angered Sen. Ted Cruz as reported by the Huffington Post.
— CPAC 2022 (@CPAC) November 17, 2021
Big Bird & Big Gov. Mandates?
NO 👏🏼 THANK 👏🏼 YOU 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/JK3efVPQnK
— CPAC 2022 (@CPAC) November 18, 2021
Cruz said in a tweet calling the episode, “government propaganda…for your 5-year-old!” However, this is not the first time the fictional character received a vaccine. An episode that aired in 1972 showed Big Bird getting a vaccine for measles and being rewarded with a balloon shortly after for his bravery.
Big Bird gets vaccinated, 1972 pic.twitter.com/M2mdmmjZ0N
— Muppet Wiki (@MuppetWiki) November 6, 2021
Additionally, CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp was reportedly displeased with the children’s educational program adding an Asian-American muppet to the case and claimed it was becoming too political.
“When you have hundreds of channels to choose from, why do we have to have a special station that doesn’t have to, you know, operate in the same way all the others do? It’s time to go.”