The Big Bird Debates: Our 8 Favorite Examples Of Last Night’s Meme

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Big Bird Memes

Unless you are a major policy wonk, or were too busy doing other things, at some point during last night’s presidential debate you stopped trying to parse out Mitt Romney’s and President Obama’s opinions on Dodd-Frank and instead entertained yourself with everyone’s smartass commentary on Twitter. And given that at the time, there were 17,000 tweets a minute sent relating to Big Bird, chances are you and your friends were laughing about Romney’s comments that though he likes the giant yellow Muppet, he doesn’t think the federal government should borrow money from China to support PBS. For its part, PBS told Radar that as a 6-year-old, Big Bird doesn’t really care about politics. Before this amazing meme goes the way of Clint Eastwood’s chair, we gathered our five favorite examples of the Internet capitalizing on Mitt’s totally left-field reference.

1. The @BigBirdRomney Twitter account, which made astute observations about the avian economy, and helped make the above Shepard Fairey-inspired “Hope” image ubiquitous for the evening.
Big Bird Romney

2. @FiredBigBird also went viral with his “Will work for food” sign.
Fired Big Bird

3. The slightly more caustic @BigBird, which existed before the debates but was totally down to join this trend.
Big Bird Twitter

4. Angry Birds
Angry Birds

5. Sad Birds (via Jest and Twitter)

6. Down and out birds

7. Big Bird for President.

8. This quote from VH1 Blog’s Liz Black: “To be clear, Big Bird did go to China.”

[Photos: Twitter, Tumblr]

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