Sometimes when media outlets try to make a statement, they go too far. Such is the case with The New Yorker magazine’s July 8th, 2013, front cover. It absurdly illustrates Sesame Street‘s beloved Muppets, Bert and Ernie, sitting on a couch with their arms around each other, watching TV coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). They even go so far as to, blatantly, refer to it as “Bert and Ernie’s Moment of Joy”.
What moment of joy? Is The New Yorker magazine trying to say that…uh oh…here it comes…that Bert and Ernie are GAY?
Wait a second, as far as I know, Bert and Ernie are just two, good friends who live on Sesame Street and annoy the hell out of each other, and who do stupid and insane things.
So why is The New Yorker magazine using Bert and Ernie as symbols for a same-sex marriage issue that has created so much controversy? What purpose is this serving?
Non-same-sex parents will be outraged that Sesame Street’s TV show characters were depicted in such an unorthodox way. The LGBT community might be outraged that two Muppets incapable of understanding sexual orientation, are casted as token, poster boys for their victory over DOMA.
Am I reading this correctly?
In 2011, The Children’s Television Workshop, which produces Sesame Street themselves, released a statement that should have cleared up the ridiculous rumor that Bert and Ernie are gay. It said:
“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.”
I guess the people over at The New Yorker magazine did not fully comprehend that statement, or maybe they just simply jumped at the chance to capitalize and profit from it.
Nevertheless, whatever the case, I hope The New Yorker magazine stays away from my beloved “Lassie” dog. I loved “Lassie” and I would not want to have to look at her in any other way.
(No pun intended)
- Bert And Ernie Come Out On The Cover Of The New Yorker (dlisted.com)
- Bert and Ernie cuddle over DOMA ruling (wnd.com)
- Bert and Ernie Come Out in New Yorker Magazine (Video) (thegatewaypundit.com)