If you wanted to celebrate your support for Big Bird and Sesame Street with a sexy costume this Halloween, you’re going to be out of luck.
Sesame Street Workshop has advised Yandy.com to "cease and desist" selling sexy costumes based on Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie.
On the heels of U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about PBS and the possible firing of Big Bird, the sexy Big Birdlike outfit was positioned as a hot seller, according to the New York Daily News.
Unsurprisingly, Yandy.com, a costume, dress, and lingerie online retailer at the forefront of the sexualized Halloween costumes movement, has reaped the rewards of Romney’s comments during the first presidential debate.
On its site, Yandy.com features a sexy yellow bird costume that one can pair with an officially licensed Big Bird headband manufactured by Disguise Inc. Yandy.com has been careful to avoid accusations of copyright infringement or otherwise get in legal trouble, but the increased attention occasioned by Romney's comments caused Sesame Street Workshop to step in.
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Yandy.com does not ever say it’s a sexy Big Bird outfit, but it does not take a sexy rocket scientist to figure it out. It features a revealing yellow dress, stockings, and bird feet.
In addition to the sexy Big Bird, one can also purchase sexy Bert and Ernie outfits. For Bert, Yandy.com sells a Sexy Green Overalls Set, and to complete the sexy Ernie look, Yandy.com has a Faux Denim Overalls Set.
Speaking to the Daily News, a Sesame Street Workshop representative said, “We have contacted the sellers of the infringing costumes demanding that they stop producing and selling these (obvious) imitations.”