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Occupy Sesame Street Goes Viral


First Posted: 10/10/11 06:35 PM ET Updated: 10/11/11 08:16 AM ET

O is for... occupation?

Occupy Wall Street has spread to more than 25 cities nationwide, and one of those is inhabited by a big yellow bird. Say hello to the latest internet meme: #OccupySesameStreet.

According to Mother Jones, the movement began with a tweet by Brooklyn-based design studio, Demo. The tweet linked to a photo of Kermit the frog, urging the masses to "Skip Class!" because "Radiohead is here dawg!"

Occupy Sesame Street got a big push from music producer and graphic designer Michael Lasday, 29, who created a Facebook page that so far has been "liked" by 24,994 people and "talked about" by 32,828.

"I thought it would be fun to give people a place on one end to make fun of the movement and on the other end to support it," said Lasday, who attended an Occupy Philly demonstration. "It's every viewpoint."

The hashtag has been tweeted by everyone from Daily Caller reporters to comedians to Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie.

And people aren't just expressing themselves in 120 character tweets. Following violent encounters between police and protesters in downtown New York, humor site Tauntr created a series of hilarious pictures of Grover getting restrained by the NYPD, Elmo getting cuffed and the Count getting pepper sprayed before he could say "Ah-ah-ah!" It was not a sunny day on Sesame Street. Hundreds have posted photos of their favorite puppets getting in on the action.

Check out at the slideshow below of some of our favorite tweets:

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Comedian Patton Oswalt embraced the meme. This hashtag had a better ring than the others he shopped including: #occupylonelystreet and #occupyfascination street

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