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‘The New Yorker’ reveals Bert and Ernie’s ‘Moment of Joy’

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To celebrate Wednesday’s landmark Supreme Court decisions that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and permitted same-sex marriage to resume in California, The New Yorker has debuted Jack Hunter’s cover for the July 8 and 15 issue, described as “Bert and Ernie’s ‘Moment of Joy’.”

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” Hunter said. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”

Of course, as Salon’s June Thomas points out, Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop) has gone to great lengths to insist that, contrary to persistent jokes and insinuations, longtime roommates Ernie and Bert aren’t a romantic couple.

“Bert and Ernie are best friends,” the nonprofit organization said in a 2011 statement. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Still, it’s a nice warm-and-fuzzy image, unveiled on the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

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so I guess now two guys can’t be friends and live together and ignore the capitalist family structure…?

oh shush braun you want a platonic straight relationship between bros, go watch one of the 8000 tv shows or movies out there

Insanity. Two characters can’t be friends and live together without being gay? Wow.

I guess two guys can’t live together without being gay.

“Two characters can’t be friends and live together without being gay?”

Nobody made that claim.

scott scummers

June 28, 2013 at 10:04 am

Yea. Its a bummer when others make unfair judgements against your character, huh?

youre missing my point, i have nothing against them being gay…

The point is the thaat gay culture is being co-opted by a bougeois capitalist agenda that is seeking to destroy the subculture and assimilate it into the control structure (you don’t read Foucault much I’m assuming?)

Anthony Raimondi

June 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

Sure two straight guys can live together and be just friends, but when they start bathing together. ….

“Sure two straight guys can live together and be just friends, but when they start bathing together. ….”

… that’s when the fun really begins?

scott scummers

June 28, 2013 at 10:24 am

history of sex. is sitting right behind me. careful about your assumptions, my friend.

Simon DelMonte

June 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I much prefer the take on Bert and Ernie from Avenue Q.

Cyclops I wasn’t talking to you I was talking to mad gay :D

he shushed me

From the excellent Muppet Wiki: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Are_Ernie_and_Bert_gay%3F

“Bert and Ernie, who’ve been on Sesame Street for 25 years, do not portray a gay couple, and there are no plans for them to do so in the future. They are puppets, not humans. Like all the Muppets created for Sesame Street, they were designed to help educate preschoolers. Bert and Ernie are characters who help demonstrate to children that despite their differences, they can be good friends.”—Sesame Workshop’s consumer response prepared statement, 1993.

“‘They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets,’ says Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell. ‘They don’t exist below the waist.’ ”—Sesame Street: A Celebration – 40 Years of Life on the Street, p. 47.

“Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics… they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”—Sesame Workshop statement, August 11, 2011 (issued in response to a Change.org petition to have Bert and Ernie marry which circulated shortly after gay marriage was legalized in the state of New York)

Now, Lenny and Carl…

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