Ted Cruz fighting with Big Bird on Twitter was not on our 2021 Bingo card.

Yet the Texas senator’s tweet, calling the “Sesame Street” character’s November announcement about getting the Covid-19 vaccine “Government propaganda…for your 5 year old” provided a clear example of a contemporary phenomenon: It’s getting harder for people to distinguish real-life characters from fictional ones.

For Aaron Bisman, vice president of audience development at Sesame Workshop, that might seem like a testament to hard work. He oversees all of the “Sesame Street” social media accounts (eight on Facebook, nine on Twitter and one on Instagram), each of which mirrors the characters on the long-running children’s program and shares messages that are aligned with the show’s mission of making viewers smarter and kinder.

go skiing with Lil Nas X.) Bert was able to post about casting a vote in the 2020 presidential election as he’s a bit older. Plus, Mr. Bisman said, he seems like someone committed to civic duty.

These sorts of extrapolations about characters and their motivations are no longer

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