After Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney said "I love Big Bird," then said he would cut PBS funding to balance the budget, social media replied in force.
Twitter already had a parody Big Bird account, whose bio includes "I just got fired by Mitt Romney." The account had more than 7,400 followers an hour after the debate ended.
Instagram and Twitter users posted multiple memes about the Sesame Street resident.
According to Twitter's official Twitter Government account, there were 17,000 tweets per minute for Big Bird and 10,000 tweets per minute for PBS.