Posts tagged with "Senator Ted Cruz"

Elmo gets his first COVID vaccination shot

June 30, 2022 

Elmo just got a COVID-19 vaccine shot—in a public service announcement from Sesame Workshop aimed at persuading human parents to get their young kids COVID shots, too, reports Variety.

 The beloved red Muppet is three-and-a-half-years-old, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. That means he recently became eligible for a COVID shot—now that the vaccines have been federally approved for children five and under.

 “Yeah, there was a little pinch. But it was OK!” Elmo says in the spot, which also features his dad, Louie.)

 “Was it safe? Was it the right decision?” Louie says in the PSA. “I talked to our pediatrician so I could make the right choice. I learned that Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep himself, our friends, neighbors, and everyone else healthy and enjoying the things they love.”

Elmo’s shot comes after other Sesame Street characters have also gotten COVID vaccines. In November, Big Bird—who is six years old — got a vaccination and was featured in a PSA. At the time, anti-vax conservatives accused Sesame Workshop of trying to “brainwash children” with the campaign.

In a tweet  sent on Tuesday, June 28, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lashed out at Sesame Workshop—complaining that the latest PSA shows “@elmo aggressively advocat[ing] for vaccinating children UNDER 5. But you cite ZERO scientific evidence for this.” Cruz had previously called the Big Bird PSA “government propaganda.”

 Sesame Workshop collaborated on the Elmo PSA with the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative.

 The spot encourages parents and caregivers to get informed about the COVID-19 vaccines following the announcement earlier in June of the FDA’s emergency use authorization and CDC recommendation of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for children ages 6 months and older. The PSA also was produced in partnership with the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 “Many parents understandably have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines for young children, and we want to encourage them to ask questions and seek out information,” Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, SVP of U.S. social impact at Sesame Workshop, said in a statement. “With help from Elmo and his dad Louie, we want to model real conversations, encourage parents’ questions, and help children know what to expect.”

 Kids under five will be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with two doses of the Moderna vaccine (a quarter of the dose for adults) four weeks apart; or three doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine (a tenth of the dose for adults), with the first two doses given three weeks apart and a third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose.

 Sesame Workshop is directing viewers who want more information about COVID-19 vaccines to GetVaccineAnswers.orgDeTiDepende.org, and vaccines.gov.

 Research contact: @Variety

Ted Cruz piñata brings smiles—and sales—to a Texas party store owner

March 3, 2021

In mid-February—while most of his friends and neighbors were struggling with shortages of food and water, historically cold weather, and flooding in their homes—one Texas retailer decided to take a controversial news story and turn it into a commercial “smash hit.”

Carlos De La Fuente, the owner of ABC Party HQ in Dallas, created a piñata inspired by the viral photos of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) walking through the Cancún International Airport after he and his family left their dog, their home—and his constituents statewide— to vacation in a warmer clime

According to a report by NBC News, the image circulated widely following the backlash over the senator’s trip to Mexico amid the state’s 100-year winter storm.

In the photo, Cruz sported a mask with the Texas flag as he rolled his suitcase. The store created the unique design as the storm forced it to close for six days starting on February 13.

“That’s the reason that I’ve gotten creative and made some piñatas, so that people can come and support,” De La Fuente told NBC News. “I’m always looking for something positive out of negative things so that we can all get a laugh out of it.”

Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 3 1/2 foot piñata sells for $100 and—although they are only sold at the one store—they had already resulted in about $2,000 in sales as of March 2.

As for the papier-mâché creations they make themselves, this isn’t the first time the store has highlighted a politician. For example, the store made piñatas of Senator Bernie Sanders’ inauguration meme, which went viral across social media.

“I’m always keeping up with news trends and what’s going on in the world, both positive and negative,” he said.

De La Fuente says he’s received a positive reaction on the piñatas from his community members, whom, he says, are especially supportive of local businesses.

“We’re now getting back to opening up,” said De La Fuente, “because the temperatures are there and [we] are ready to get back to work.”

Research contact: @NBCNews