Big Bird Gets the Axe

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Big Bird Gets the Axe

“Sesame Street’s themes of tolerance and acceptance are outdated and Fox News has approached us with an affiliate agreement that would increase market shares for both organizations. If we start teaching hate in pre-school, we are certain to recruit future Fox viewers. Cruella, please show us your design for Big Bird’s replacement.”

“Behold The Trumpet Bird with his contorted red face and hilarious topknot. He will screech intolerance. In his first episode, The Trumpet will close the borders of Sesame Street and all residents will be appropriately labeled.”

“Brilliant! Kids don’t know who to hate until we show them and we at Fox believe that labels can not go too far.”

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I make no apologies for my word count or for showing my Liberal Female Republican Catholic roots. What’s your label going to say? The true danger in this country lies within our own borders. Fear, ignorance, intolerance, and hate threaten to undermine the very ideals of these United States.

42 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! You hit it the nail on the Trumpet’s head. This is delightful.

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    1. I usually steer clear of politics but these are dangerous times to bury your head in the sand and to stay neutral. Thanks Alicia.

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      1. Sometimes sitting on the fence is more dangerous than speaking your mind. Powerful story with an effective message.

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      2. I agree. Thank you for saying so.

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  2. Dale says:

    Eesh… scary thought!

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    1. Truth is more scary than fiction.

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  3. Nice satirical comment on current affairs (and one dangerous idiot).

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    1. Thanks Patrick. I think we have more than one idiot in this race. I don’t have a candidate in either party.

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  4. plaridel says:

    is that what’s left of big bird in the picture? at least, it should be given a decent burial. 😦

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    1. Nope, he’s just another victim of the political machine. Thrown under the bus as it were. ha ha

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  5. Sandra says:

    Your Fox News must be our Daily Mail, Tracey. A realistic comment on our times. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. The hate-mongering knows no borders I guess.

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  6. Dear Tracey,

    I’d like to take my ax to the Trumpet. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or scream over your story. Too true for comfort. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I keep shaking my head over the absurd crap that comes out of his mouth and people are still listening, which boggles the mind.

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  7. rgayer55 says:

    Loved it. I usually refer to that group as the party of Fear & Hate as they rarely bring anything positive to the table.

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    1. I like to call them “the party that I used to support”.

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  8. ansumani says:

    Is the genre of your story: realistic news? Scary to think that a Trumpet has gotten so far in the political stage and even scarier to think there is a majority who support him.
    Well written parody.

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    1. Nothing surprises me in this Non-Presidental campaign. Before this year, I could not have imagined a presidential hopeful suggesting limiting religious freedom in the U.S.

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  9. empeck says:

    Well done! It certainly catches what seems to be the message those groups are handing out.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Very scary times indeed.

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  10. draliman says:

    Very topical. I’ve heard bits and bobs about this candidate thing in America and Trump sounds like he has some pretty scary ideas. Nicely written!

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    1. He is unbelievable. I wish it was all a joke.

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  11. This sounds too close to the truth… Fox and RT is about the same thing isn’t it?

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    1. If RT thrives on xenophobia and fear based politics then probably so.

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  12. Joy Pixley says:

    The contorted red face and ridiculous topknot is *perfect* — although this would be a lot funnier if it weren’t so terrifyingly close to the truth!

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  13. Amy Reese says:

    Fiction has never more scary, Tracey. Truly. You nailed it! I’m glad to see someone from the right being sensible. Thank you.

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    1. Amy I’m far left of the right and I think of Catholisism as my heritage not my religion. What’s in a label anyway, “California Girl”? Are you a skier? The Sierras are waiting

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      1. Amy Reese says:

        Oh, I misunderstood! Got it! I, too, grew up Catholic. 🙂 Not a skier! I wish I knew how. Are you? How’s the snow, Nevada Girl?!

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      2. I deliberately mislead my readers because labels are meaningless. I love the snow in the mountains but not so much on the ground in Reno. Happy Holidays Amy.

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  14. Very funny and clever metaphor. You speak the truth,doctor!

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    1. Thanks Perry. That’s high praise from a great comedic writer.

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  15. haha! brilliant! Hopefully the Trumpet Bird will be extinct before long, anything else is too terrifying to consider…

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    1. Right? Thanks for stopping by to say Hi.

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  16. OMG..I love this!
    Preach it sister.

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    1. I’m pretty sure women are under attack in this country too! We need to stand up for ourselves, sista. Thanks Dawn.

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  17. Margaret says:

    Wonderfully pointed. Your allusion may be to your local issues, but the sentiments apply worldwide. Fantastic satire.

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  18. You really spoke your mind with that one, Tracey. How refreshing. I never see Fox News here, but I heard that some think they’re playing into ISIS hands when they advocate boots on the ground. At least, that’s what I heard. Here we get CNN, BBC, and the Indian news stations. Sometimes I wonder if the terrorists are taking notes from the news given out about where you can find out information, etc. They probably know where to find everything, though. Well done. — Suzanne

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    1. I think you may be right Patricia. Hate begets hate. It’s a very scary cycle.

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  19. I’m a new follower, and loved this post! I have some of the same roots, and your post made me smile and smirk and nod my head! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for following. I mostly blog fiction now and an occasional health tip. You’re welcome to play along. Tracey

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