How Did SNL ‘Big Bird’ React to Romney’s Vow to Cut PBS Funding? (Hint: It’s Not What You Might Expect)

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The same night that Saturday Night Live ridiculed MSNBC for its dramatic reaction to President Obama’s debate performance, the comedy show interviewed “Big Bird” over Mitt Romney’s assertion that he would cut funding to PBS if elected president.

“I like PBS, I love Big Bird…But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for,” Romney explained Wednesday night.

But surprisingly, Big Bird’s SNL interview was largely devoid of pot shots at the Republican nominee.  There were none of the “I’ll be gone forever,” or “the Republican will barbeque me” antics some have come to expect from the organization that caricatured Sarah Palin so effectively.  More than anything, the “Big Bird” interview was merely a collection of mildly clever bird jokes that somehow tie into popular culture.

For instance, after Big Bird said he found out he was mentioned in the debate because he got “a million tweets,” Seth Meyers seemed surprised that the Sesame Street character is now on Twitter.

Gesturing with his left hand, Big Bird replied: “No, I’m a bird!  Tweeting is how we talk!”

When asked if he wanted to make a political statement, Big Bird even responded that he didn’t want to “ruffle any feathers.”

The New York Daily News summarized: “Big Bird is remaining perched above the political fray.”

Watch the entire interview, via NBC, below: