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This PopWatch post is brought to you by the letter s. As in, SACRILEGE! As if it wasn’t enough that Bella married Edward this 2011 — forcing Team the Count to sadly disband — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has plans to alter our beloved Sesame Street. While campaigning in Iowa Wednesday, Romney floated the possibility that the series, which airs on government-subsidized PBS, would no longer receive funding from the government should he be elected. Instead, Sesame Street would have to collect support from advertising. “We’re not going to kill Big Bird,” Romney said. “Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right?”

It would be a shame — part of the appeal of Sesame Street is that it seems lost in time. Sure, we might see contemporary celebrities making guest appearances on the series, but we’ve never been forced to watch Mr. Snuffleupagus drink from Coke glasses or Bert gift Ernie a Nissan Rogue. For over 40 years, Sesame Street has simply remained one of the best learning tools for children in any medium. Maybe I just hate change, but it would be nice to be able to keep one of America’s most beloved institutions beloved, without any advertising intrusions.

Plus, the NASCAR look doesn’t really suit Big Bird. Video of Romney after the jump. Elmo is definitely not tickled, folks.

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