'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?