Sunrise's Nat Barr fires back at Big Bird vaccine outrage: 'For goodness sake'

Natalie Barr and Kochie were left rolling their eyes on Sunrise on Tuesday morning, after a tweet sent out by Sesame Street character Big Bird ruffled some feathers.

Over the weekend, beloved TV character Big Bird tweeted: “I got the COVID-19 vaccine today! My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.

"I’ve been getting vaccines since I was a little bird. I had no idea!"

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Natalie Barr and Kochie rolled their eyes over the outrage at Big Bird's tweet. Photo: Sunrise

It didn’t take long before right-wing politicians expressed their outrage over the tweet, with Senator Ted Cruz sharing the tweet and writing: “Government propaganda….for your 5 year old!”

His tweet sparked a whole host of anti-vaxxers to come out and slam Big Bird, with one person writing: ”So we are using big bird to brainwash kids? My kids will not watch Sesame Street.”


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Over the weekend, Big Bird tweeted that he got vaccinated against COVID-19. Photo: Twitter
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Natalie Barr and Kochie couldn't hide their disdain at the outrage. Photo: Sunrise

Sunrise reporter Edwina Bartholomew responded to the segment saying: “Bird flu is what they really need to be concerned about. Of course Big Bird is six, so that’s why he got the vaccine. Elmo’s only three, so he’s not eligible but down the track perhaps."

Natalie Barr could be seen rolling her eyes before she said: “Oh for goodness sake. Calm the farm people.”

Kochie chimed in with: “Sums up American society doesn’t it.”

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President of the United States Joe Biden congratulated Big Bird on getting vaccinated. Photo: Twitter

Meanwhile, President of the United States Joe Biden congratulated Big Bird on getting vaccinated.

“Good on ya, Big Bird. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe," he wrote.

Others online agreed with the president, with one person tweeting: “My five year old got her life saving vaccine today because I believe in science.”

“Thanks Big Bird for continuing to set such a good example of caring about your community! My daughter gets hers tomorrow and it meant a lot to her to hear that you got yours,” another person wrote.

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