Sunday, October 7, 2012

Puppet follow up

Best picture of a congressional committee ever.

How many puppets have testified before congress?

From Elmo's Wikipedia entry: Elmo is the only non-human or puppet ever to testify before the U.S. Congress. Elmo testified before the Education Appropriations subcommittee in 2002 in support of funding for music education programs. But Elmo was far from the first or only.

According to the Muppet Wiki's page on Kermit's political affiliation Kermit has testified before Congress several times coming out in support of the environment, protecting wetlands, and other "green" initiatives. Kermit appeared on Capitol Hill in March 2000 to support an animal welfare act and again in March 2008, where he spoke alongside conservationists to help promote awareness of endangered amphibians across the globe.

And the aforementioned Lamb Chop testified before Congress back in 1993 calling for better educational programming for children as actually required  by the 1990 Children's Television Act.

What do we conclude from this small sample? Well puppets seem to be a bunch of  bleeding heart environmentalists in favor of big government and more regulations.

If you were promoting a conservation measure or bill would you seek puppet endorsement? It certainly gets you publicity but it can make people take you less seriously.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Elmo just looks so pleased with himself!