Texas Senator Ted Cruz led Tories in convicting a highly regarded public figure for advocating for Covid-19 vaccination for children. Big bird.
This week saw the final US approval for children aged five to 11 to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine. Sesame Street, which has previously offered advice to Covid, has duly deployed its popular characters to encourage parents to protect their children.
Big Bird, who despite his towering size and somewhat bossy demeanor, is, according to the beloved show, perpetually six and a half years old, announced on Saturday that he had been vaccinated.
“I received the Covid-19 vaccine today!” the imposing and benevolent yellow avian announced, using an appropriate communication platform, Twitter.
“My wing hurts a bit, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that will keep me and the others healthy. [CNN reporter] Erica Hill even said I’ve been getting vaccinated since I was a little bird. I had no idea!”
Cruz replied, “Government propaganda… for your 5 year old!
Other right-wingers piled up. Lisa Boothe, a Fox News contributor, noted “Brainwashing children who are not at risk of Covid” has been “twisted”.
Children are at risk of Covid, if less than adults. In October, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 66 children between the ages of five and 11 had died from Covid-19 in the United States. Children can infect others, and infections in the five to 11-year-old age group are on the rise, the CDC said, accounting for 10.6% of new Covid cases.
Undeterred, Steve Cortes, host of the conservative Newsmax network, noted from Big Bird’s tweet: “This kind of propaganda is actually evil. Your children are not statistically at risk and should not be forced into a whole new treatment. Don’t comply! “
Resistance to vaccine warrants and other Covid public health measures persists in Republican states, despite a U.S. death toll of more than 753,000 on a workload of nearly 46.5 million.
On Saturday, a Conservative New Orleans judge temporarily suspended a federal rule that businesses with more than 100 employees must require weekly vaccinations or tests. The Biden administration said it was confident she would win.
Cruz, who recently made headlines defending the First Amendment right to give the Nazi salute at school board meetings, seemed to enjoy his work on the active front of the day in the ongoing culture war.
He too tweeted: “Liberals are weird. They don’t care about open borders. Or rising inflation. Or schools covering sexual assault. Or the disaster in Afghanistan. Or tyrannical Dem[ocrat]s violation of privacy and medical freedom.
“But criticize Big Bird? And they lose their sh[it]. “
Like the Muppet Wiki Twitter account – “fans and professionals working together to create the best resource on The Muppets, Sesame Street and Jim Henson” – Put the: “Big Bird is so polite. Be like Big Bird.