Actor and producer LeVar Burton — whom many will remember fondly as the longtime host of Reading Rainbow — appeared on Friday’s Starting Point to share his outrage over Mitt Romney‘s debate remark about cutting federal subsidies to PBS.
“I was outraged,” he told host Soledad O’Brien:
I couldn’t believe the man actually fixed his mouth to say that. I took it as an attack on children, Soledad. It is an attack on children who come from disenfranchised, you know, background.
PBS is the nation’s largest classroom. It guarantees equal access to the wonderfulness that PBS has provided for almost 50 years in this country. And to callously, blatantly, say that it’s on the agenda to cut, is just — it is not okay. Because look, clearly this candidate — and I don’t believe that Mitt Romney is a bad guy — but I do believe that he believes what he said the other night. And I believe that his comment about the 47% is actually what he believes.
“If you listened to the last part chunk he said ‘I’m not going to keep spending money to borrow money to pay for it,'” said O’Brien of Romney, adding that Sesame Street actually received very little funding from PBS. What then, she asked, is the argument for funding public broadcasting?
“Again, goes back for me to the issue of access,” he said. “Here’s something I would like to point out, Soledad. I know in this current economic climate we have to make different choices. However, I was raised by a woman whose philosophy it was to give her children the best education she could not afford. Do you understand what I’m saying?
“You’re saying there’s a value in the free,” ventured O’Brien.
“Not only is there value in the free, we have to make the investment in our children if we expect for them to pay off on that investment through their realizing their most full potential,” said Burton. “So there are places where you can cut. There are places where you need to cut. And there are places that you just don’t cut because it is not right.”
But don’t just take his word for it… (Man, I loved that show so much.)
Watch the segment below, via CNN:
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