Controversial Republican politician Ted Cruz has been slammed after claiming a children’s TV show is contributing to “government propaganda”.
An American politician has been trashed after claiming that big bird getting vaccinated is “government propaganda”.
Big Bird, the iconic character from Sesame Street, has infuriated US politician Ted Cruz by tweeting a message about getting the jab.
“I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it‘ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy,” a tweet from the fictional bird said.
Mr Cruz, who has campaigned against mandatory vaccinations but is vaccinated, retweeted the message and added: “Government propaganda … for your five-year-old.”
Sesame Street was originally government funded until 1981, and since then it has been an independent company.
The show has focused on educating children around the world and the benefits of vaccinations have been broadcast on the program for almost 50 years.
In response to Mr Cruz’s tweet users of the social media platform referenced an image of Big Bird holding a card advertising the “Sesame Street child immunisation program”.
Last month, Mr Cruz, criticised the Australian government’s handling of the pandemic, labelling it “disgraceful and sad” in a scathing post.
He shared a video of a press conference from NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner where he announced fines for people who didn’t comply with tough vaccine rules.
“I love the Aussies. Their history of rugged independence is legendary; I’ve always said Australia is the Texas of the Pacific,” Mr Cruz said.
“The Covid tyranny of their current government is disgraceful and sad. Individual liberty matters. I stand with the people of Australia.”
His post attracted a massive response online, and on Monday Mr Gunner joined in, defending his approach to Covid.
“Hey Ted Cruz, g’day from the Northern Territory in Australia. Here are some facts. Nearly 70,000 Texans have tragically died from Covid. There have been zero deaths in the Territory. Did you know that?” he wrote.
He went on to spell out that vaccination was key to the protection of vulnerable Aboriginal people who belonged to “the oldest continuous living culture on the planet”.
“We’ve done whatever it takes to protect the Territory. That’s kept us safe AND free. We have been in lockdown for just eight days in 18 months. Our businesses and schools are all open. Did you know that?” he said.