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<nettime> Muppets at war: Sesame Street's Bert at pro-bin Laden rally
Declan McCullagh on Thu, 11 Oct 2001 08:17:55 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Muppets at war: Sesame Street's Bert at pro-bin Laden rally

Reuters confirms Bert photo:

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From: Declan McCullagh <declan {AT} well.com>
Subject: FC: Muppets at war: Sesame Street's Bert in pro-Bin Laden poster
To: politech {AT} politechbot.com
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 11:23:57 -0400


The Bangladeshi poster:

The Bert-Osama clip art's origins:



   Osama Has a New Friend
   By Declan McCullagh (declan {AT} wired.com)
   7:18 a.m. Oct. 10, 2001 PDT
   WASHINGTON -- Evil Bert, meet Evil Osama.
   Right now, the two appear to be inseparable -- at least on ubiquitous
   posters carried by pro-Taliban protesters.
   Devotees of freak-humor websites will recall the infamous "Bert is
   Evil" page, a shrine to the gourd-like Sesame Street character, which
   offers compelling photographic evidence of the muppet consorting with
   Hitler, the KKK and, of course, Jerry Springer.

   Now, in a move that defies all rules of logic, a doctored photo
   showing Bert with the world's most-wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden,
   seems to have made its way into an anti-American Islamic protest in
   Reuters photographs of a rally this week organized by
   Jaamiat-e-Talabaye Arabia, a radical Islamic organization, show that
   protesters created a pro-bin Laden sign out of a collage of photos
   they apparently lifted from Internet sites.
   But -- is it fate or coincidence? -- the sign featured a Bert muppet
   sitting on the left side of the man believed to be responsible for the
   bloodiest terrorist attack in U.S. history.


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