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Occupy Wall Street? What about Occupy Sesame Street?

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You’ve heard of Occupy Wall Street, but how about Occupy Sesame Street?

That’s a newish hash tag -- #occupysesamestreet -- that has emerged on Twitter over the last two weeks, with tweets that are less strident and more absurd than those associated with #occupywallstreet.

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For example, Michael Busch tweeted: ‘Truly outrageous that 99% of the cookies are consumed by 1% of the monsters on PBS.’

Or Patton Oswalt’s: ‘The counting vampires are destroying America!’

Or this one from @h0mfr0g: ‘In a democracy, it’s your vote that counts. On Sesame Street, it’s your count that votes. Ah-ah-ah.’

James McKay came up with: ‘Why do they need a Big Bird?! It’s a recession, what about a medium sized bird?’

And Jon Lustig writes: ‘Wages at Mr. Hooper’s store have frozen since 1982.’

As all fans of comedy know, the Twittersphere may be useful for political organizing, but it has become totally essential as a comedic device.

And in fact, comedy has even leaked into the much more serious #occupywallstreet.

Just today Mike Houghton tweeted: ‘do you think those who #occupywallstreet have occupied a shower?’
Long live the one-liner!

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--Deborah Netburn

Image: Pictured above is a temporary sign that renamed the corner of 31st Street and Eighth Avenue in New York to ‘Sesame Street’ last February. Credit: Stan Honda / AFP/Getty Images.


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