‘SNL’ mocks Ted Cruz for Big Bird “propaganda” comment

"I am a human senator and he is an eight-foot-tall fictional bird"

SNL has taken a swipe at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for his comments about Big Bird and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Cruz had reacted to a tweet from the Sesame Street character’s account on November 6, in which Big Bird had received his COVID-19 vaccine when it had newly become available for children aged 5 to 11 in the US.

“Government propaganda…for your five-year-old!” the senator had tweeted at the time, referring to the fact that Big Bird is six years old in the Muppets universe.

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In last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant returned to play the senator in a new sketch poking fun at Cruz’s comments.

“I’m Texas Senator and last-one-invited-to-Thanksgiving Ted Cruz,” Bryant said, introducing the character in a skit about fictional children’s TV show Ted Cruz Street.

Take a look at the clip here:

Later in the sketch, Bryant’s Cruz announces an idea for “a gated community where kids are safe from the woke government”.

She went on: “I was mocked for attacking Big Bird on Twitter, simply because I am a human senator and he is an eight-foot-tall fictional bird.”

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Elsewhere on SNL, last week’s musical guest Taylor Swift joined Pete Davidson in a sketch about “three sad virgins”, singing a parody song about a “sad Ron Weasley” who looks like a “Big Bird who lost all his feathers.”

Swift sang: “Because they’re three sad virgins, what/ Three sad virgins, woah. And they’re going to die alone.”

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