By Jack Palmer 10-05-2011


It is said that politics is a serious matter. People probably say the same thing about the economy -- you don't joke about money -- which is what makes the latest Internet meme so delicious.

#OccupyWallStreet (the New York City-based protest against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government) has moved to a new location -- a street where the air is far sweeter than on lower Manhattan's financial district.

Won't you tell me how to get, how to get ... there?

That's right, folks, the occupation has taken over Sesame Street!

The virtual protestors of the Twitterverse have a new hashtag, and boy are they mad. They've transferred their considerable ire with Wall Street moguls to the seemingly cute and fuzzy muppets, who are, in fact (we now learn), brutal overlords responsible for the oppression and marginalization of the masses.

Sesame is a street where cookies are not distributed equitably, and where it's not the vote that counts, but the Count that votes.

It's time to reclaim the Street, because if we can't live in harmony on Sesame Street, what hope do we have for Wall Street?

I won't spoil the delight that you'll get from reading the best of the #OccupySesameStreet tweets yourself.

Suffice to say that at moments like these, I really do (heart) humanity.

Jack Palmer is the communications assistant at Sojourners.

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