Several Twitter users uttered some unfamiliar words after Sesame Street characters began promoting coronavirus vaccines on social media and CNN.
On Saturday, CNN’s Erika Hill and Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted a virtual town hall featuring various characters from the long-running PBS children’s series “Sesame Street.”
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This came on the heels of a recent announcement from the US Food and Drug Administration last month that approved children aged 5-11 to receive a child-sized version of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
CNN Town Hall was promoted not only by the network and its journalists, but the personalities as well. Big Bird’s Twitter account read, “I got a COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is a little sore, but it will give my body an extra protective boost that keeps you and others healthy. Ms EricaRHill even said I’ve been getting vaccinated since I was a little bird.” . I had no idea! “
Elmo’s account also wrote, “Elmo was so happy to talk to DrSanjayGupta at Town Hall today! Elmo knew Elmo’s friends can get their COVID-19 vaccine now, and soon Elmo can too!”
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Several conservative Twitter users have accused CNN of using Sesame Street characters as a form of propaganda to push COVID-19 vaccinations for children.
Fox News columnist Carol Markovic tweeted, “Called him yesterday on Tucker Carlson Tonight with @Wilkin that Big Bird will be canceled very quickly unless it gets sabotaged. Elmo, you’re next.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted, “Government propaganda… for your 5-year-old!”
Political commentator Stephen L. Miller wrote, “You’re not real and you can’t catch Covid.”
CNN previously featured Sesame Street characters at a town hall called “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism” in June 2020. This virtual town hall has also hosted Erica Hill, along with CNN journalist Van Jones.
Several users referred to the incident in October when podcast host Joe Rogan called Gupta to frame his network with taking ivermectin for his COVID-19 treatment as eating “horseworm.”
“Does it bother you that the network you are working for lied, lied outright about my sympathy for the horseworm?” Rogan grilled gupta.
“They shouldn’t have said that,” Gupta admitted.
Gupta later also admitted that Rogan did not take deworming medication.
Fox News’ Joseph Wolfson contributed to this report.
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