'Sesame Street' characters appear on controversial magazine cover

NY'Sesame Street' is in the news, after two of its characters have appeared on a controversial new magazine cover.

The cover of the newest issue of "The New Yorker" depicts Bert and Ernie together in an intimate manner, watching the Supreme Court justices on television. This is in reference to the rulings that were made over the last week that were pro-gay marriage. The cover is called "Moment of Joy" and implies that the two roommates are more than that.

New York Magazine's Dan Amira praised the image and said it had more of an impact than an "out" couple would have had.

“To have a closeted gay couple lends the image deeper meaning: In an intimate moment in the privacy of their home, away from the public eye, they feel heartened that society is finally coming around to accepting them for who they are,” he stated.

The cover has drawn some criticism, by figures on both sides of the political spectrum.

Slate's June Thomas thought it was a "terrible way' to commemorate the repeal of DOMA.

“You see, straight America, there’s a difference between same-sex friends and gay lovers. Does America contain households in which lovers pass themselves off as best pals? No doubt,” Thomas wrote. “And as prejudice against gays and lesbians fades, more of these ambiguously gay couples will declare themselves. But that doesn’t mean that every pair of cohabiting friends is madly making out on a nightly basis.”

Sesame Workshop has not commented on the cover at this time. In the past, it has clarified that the two are not lovers.

“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,” it said a few years ago. “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.”

Do you think its appropriate? A big deal or something relatively minor?

- Sesame Street

Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 30th, 2013, 6:42 am


Message Posted On Jul 7th, 2013, 6:52 am
What a horrid thing to do. Introduce a 'sexual' connotation into characters from 'childrens' programming. And the LGBT community wonders why they have opponents. What's next, big bird and Mr Snuffleupagus?

Message Posted On Jul 3rd, 2013, 12:47 pm
While I am happy that the supreme court in America is finally catching up to the rest of us I am not comfortable in making Bert and Ernie a gay couple. I agree that they are puppets and should remain non-sexual. When pregnancy and birth was brought up when I was a kid there were no pregnant muppets. It was the humans that went through it. Same with death. No muppet died. It was the store owner, a human. If they are going to bring in a gay character I think it should be human. That being said, I'm not sure that Sesame Street is the avenue to teach children about homosexuality. If they do, it has to be delicate. It can be very difficult to explain it to a child. This is romantic love we are talking about. it's trying to explain the difference between the love Elmo and Big Bird have for each other as opposed to "Steve and Joe." We also need to realize that just because two guys live together doesn't mean they are gay.

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Message Posted On Jul 3rd, 2013, 9:44 am

It's about time! Cheers for the LGBT community.


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