‘Reading Rainbow’ host LeVar Burton calls Big Bird-gate ‘attack on children’
Burton, much-beloved “Reading Rainbow” host and visor-wearing Enterprise lieutenant commander, is taking a page from Obama’s Truth Team and other whiny celebs and going after Mitt Romney for pledging to end federal funding of PBS if elected. Since the debate, he’s been on the warpath. Last night, he penned a “special message” about Meanypants Mitt’s crusade against Big Bird:
— Reading Rainbow (@readingrainbow) October 4, 2012
On behalf of America’s children, I can’t stay silent. I encourage you to join me in fighting this short sighted and frankly mean spirited attack on our children. Let your voices be heard through Facebook, Twitter, in emails and calls to the Romney campaign and in your votes. Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, The Magic School Bus, Arthur, Bill Nye and dozens more current and past beloved programs cannot be sacrificed.
Burton appeared this morning on CNN, where he discussed his “outrage” with Soledad O’Brien:
I couldn’t believe the man actually fixed his mouth to say that. I took it as an attack on children, Soledad. It is an attack on children who come from disenfranchised, you know, background.
PBS is the nation’s largest classroom. It guarantees equal access to the wonderfulness that PBS has provided for almost 50 years in this country. And to callously, blatantly, say that it’s on the agenda to cut, is just — it is not okay. Because look, clearly this candidate — and I don’t believe that Mitt Romney is a bad guy — but I do believe that he believes what he said the other night. And I believe that his comment about the 47% is actually what he believes.
He also tweeted out this image of him “schooling” Romney. Because clearly, Mitt just doesn’t care about The Children and could do with a little re-education:
Most of Burton’s fans were thrilled that he’s taken such a vocal stand against Romney and Big-Bird-o-phobes:
@levarburton Good morning, LeVar. I couldn't agree more with this article. It's awful that he would even mention pulling funding on PBS.
— Ashley (@DahliaNight) October 5, 2012
@levarburton I will always vote for PBS, NPR, and rights for women. Which means Democrat.
— DustinRx (@DustinRx) October 5, 2012
@levarburton I really don't think Mitt watched PBS as a kid. If he did, he'd be able to tell the truth and do basic math
— LadyofStyx (@LadyofStyx) October 5, 2012
What kind of monster pisses off Levar Burton?
— maggie serota (@maggieserota) October 5, 2012
Hell yeah, LeVar! http://t.co/4JGVa5Me
— Danielle Corsetto (@dcorsetto) October 5, 2012
— Sarah (@softer_softest) October 5, 2012
@levarburton love it!! You rock!!
— anneseeley (@anneseeley) October 5, 2012
@levarburton MUCH APPLAUSE!!!!! I hope your outrage of Romney's PBS defunding plan goes viral.
— Chassan Katherine (@ChasKats) October 5, 2012
— Antwain Booth (@abooth03) October 5, 2012
Not everyone saw a pot of gold at the end of Burton’s rainbow, however:
@levarburton hey levar, giv it a rest. we make cuts or we wont survive. we dont all hav YOUR kind of $. i hav kids, theyll survive w/o pbs
— MANGL3333 (@RICKMANGLER) October 5, 2012
Kids won’t have to worry about living without PBS. As CEO Paula Kerger herself said, federal funding or not, PBS and Big Bird will be just fine.
@levarburton You're an alarmist and you should be ashamed. We both know PBS gets a small fraction of its $ from gvt.
— Sean Culley (@SMCulley) October 5, 2012
@levarburton I lost respect for you due to your cnn interview. Romney did not say he get rid of PBS, just the 12% of fed funding among other
— RogueCmdr (@roguecmdr) October 5, 2012
— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) October 5, 2012
— Silence Do-good (@ksmith474) October 5, 2012
Some thought Burton could use a bit of help with his priorities:
@levarburton How is not Giving Tax Welfare to a MULTIBILLION Dollar Corp, an Attack on Kids.. Owing $53K when born is an Attack on Kids!
— F-ing Conservative (@FngConservative) October 5, 2012
— Ted in Texas (@STM8TR) October 5, 2012
This clever Twitterer pointed out that Burton has options if he truly wants to walk the pro-PBS walk:
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) October 5, 2012
Bingo. If Burton values PBS as much as he professes, he is free to put his money where his mouth is:
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It’s time for Geordi LaForge to take off his visor and take a good look at his wallet — and reality.