Bert and Ernie shared a “Moment of Joy” this week when the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. The snapshot into the muppets lives was captured by artist Jack Hunter and published on this week’s cover of the New Yorker.
Hunter said: “It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime … This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”
Rumors have frequently followed Bert and Ernie, longtime roommates on the show Sesame Street, but the Sesame Street Workshop has repeatedly refused to admit that the puppets are gay.
In fact, the Sesame Street Workshop says that Bert and Ernie aren’t gay, straight, or bisexual. Because they’re puppets.
Sesame Street released a statement last year: “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 (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
So, basically, the New Yorker cover is one big lie. Still, it’s kind of cute.
What do you think of the New Yorker cover? Do you think it shows a couple of homosexual puppets rejoicing in the Supreme Court’s decision? Are heterosexual roommates Bert and Ernie gay right activists? Will Sesame Street get a gay resident in the future?