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Bert And Ernie Cuddle Up To Watch Gay Marriage Decision On The Cover Of The New Yorker!

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Ch-ch-check out the AH-mazing, adorable, and uplifting illustration by artist Jack Hunter of one of our favorite Muppet couples, Bert and Ernie, celebrating the recent historic Supreme Court decision on gay marriage! (above)

The cover, aptly named Moment of Joy, is set to come out for next week's edition of The New Yorker. Hunter had originally submitted it unsolicited to a Tumblr, and we're so glad it got selected, as it perfectly embodies the joy, pride, and relief of this moment!

Congrats to couples everywhere celebrating the good news of the past week, including you, Bert and Ernie! We'd love to see Rubber Duckie be the Best Man at your (hopefully soon to be) wedding (aka what should be plot of the next Muppet movie)!

[Image via The New Yorker.]

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13 comments to “Bert And Ernie Cuddle Up To Watch Gay Marriage Decision On The Cover Of The New Yorker!”

  1. J says – reply to this


    1

    This is absolutely disgusting and disgraceful! So sad that what once was a beloved children's show has turned into a politically correct sleezy platform for forcing such nauseating subjects on kids. Shame on Sesame Street!



  2. 2

    "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

    “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)



  3. 3

    This is disgusting! So wrong!! Bert and Ernie are NOT GAY!!

  4. mktb says – reply to this


    4

    They're totally gay. Always have been. Just because some people will deny it to their grave, anyone with common sense knows that Bert and Ernie are gay. Nothing wrong with that. Love this cover.



  5. 5

    I am ALL for gay rights and if Seasame Street wants to introduce a gay character, I'd gladly support that…but taking two characters that are supposed to be best friends and that as far as children know that's all it is, is disgusting. I'm sorry…kids could see this and then their parents are supposed to explain it how? It wouldn't bw a simple "Oh sometimes a man loves another man…" it'd have to be something much more complicated as they are supposed to be best friends. I'm extremely happy for the States and the progress they made…but this isn't how you celebrate. Use a real gay couple next time.

  6. Natalia says – reply to this


    6

    I thought Sesame Street said they won't be using their image as a gay couple, what happened? I don't have anything against gay people, but what about the kids who watch the show. They think they are friends and now all of a sudden they are gay, that's plain wrong.

  7. phresh says – reply to this


    7

    Sodomites

  8. Tee says – reply to this


    8

    This is just wrong! Why can't they leave the cartoons and kid related things out of this. Kids get confused. Why can't they just leave them to explore their sexuality when they grow up and are able to makeup their minds when they mature. My son asks why they have rainbow flags instead of American flags on Castro street in SF. I've seen men walking around in day light wearing Santa jacket but no pants on Castro. My son saw it and was wondering why he was doing what he was doing while naked. That man was not only naked but had his hand on his boyfriends butt. We buy HBO and can protect our kids from this but not in real life? I get free speech and rights and all that but I do not put my hands and makeout like a slut in public. There should be limitations. This society has gone to hell.
    I could care less if the gays want to be gay and the lesbians wanna adopt and transexuals feel that they need to change but I don't want them to expose my child to this stuff until his mind is ready to understand and make up his mind on his own. God made man and a woman. Not man and a man or woman and a woman to start human kind. I don't force a woman should b with a man into my kid's mouth. He will makeup his own mind when he grows up.



  9. 9

    Wow.

  10. Jon says – reply to this


    10

    They shouldn't have any orientation it's a goddam children's cartoon
    You wanna be treated equal? That's fine I have no problem with that.. But when's the last time straight people had to let the world know they're straight.

  11. jess says – reply to this


    11

    Re: Tee – I don't hate straight people, just please don't act straight in public. I don't want to have to explain to my kids why you're kissing a man.



  12. 12

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Do ANY of the characters on Sesame Street have romantic interests at all?! I don't remember any romantic situations from watching as a child or watching it now with young family members. This insistence that two male characters who live together and are best friends MUST be a gay couple is just as ridiculous as insisting that a man who likes to cook or design clothes MUST be gay. It's offensive and immature.

  13. denvy jaokar says – reply to this


    13

    Even the Muppets have a conscience about marriage equality. Did you see, Kermit The Frog sings about Marriage Equality: