NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — United States Senator Ted Cruz-R, TX called a Tweet — sent out by Big Bird from Sesame Street’s this past weekend — “Government propaganda for your 5-year-old.”
On November 6, the @BigBird Twitter account sent out the messages advocating for COVID-19 vaccine’s for children. “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy,” read the tweet.
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I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it'll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.
Ms. @EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!
— Big Bird (@BigBird) November 6, 2021
Later that same evening, Cruz posted the following tweet.
Government propaganda…for your 5 year old! https://t.co/lKUlomnpq1
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2021
The exchange came less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine for children ages 5-11 on November 2.
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Big Bird has encouraged people to get important vaccines before as well. In 1972, the character took part in a “Don’t wait, vaccinate” segment, encouraging people to get the measles vaccine.
President Biden also reacted to the @BigBird tweet on Twitter as well. “Good on ya, @BigBird. 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
On Sunday, Cruz tweeted an animated image of a Big Bird look-alike kicking down a door along with the comment, “Big Bird coming to vaccinate your kids.”
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Big Bird coming over to vaccinate your kids. pic.twitter.com/LQODCO3GKg
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2021
Big Bird nor Sesame Street have responded to Cruz’s tweets.