Bert and Ernie Cuddle on New Yorker's Gay Marriage Cover
Jack Hunter/The New Yorker
The Supreme Court's landmark decision ruling in favor of marriage equality has stirred up controversy in all corners of the country — even making it to Sesame Street.
New Yorker magazine's latest cover is a sweet image of two men cuddling as they watch the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. Those two men happen to be "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie.
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Jack Hunter, the artist who submitted the unsolicited image (called "Moment of Joy") to a Tumblr, 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."
Bert and Ernie snuggling on the couch on the cover of The New Yorker... Brilliant, hilarious, perfect. 👍— Dominic Martínez (@dominicmtz) June 28, 2013
But not everybody is celebrating … the cover, at least. Same-sex marriage is still a hot-button topic, and the use of two beloved characters like Bert and Ernie was bound to rile up some parties.
Why ya gotta bring Bert and Ernie into this conflict. .... ? Overreach alert!— Victor Looklook (@zoomarang) June 28, 2013
The relationship between the longtime roommates has been the subject of jokes and innuendoes for decades. But in 2011, Sesame Workshop denied that Bert and Ernie were anything more than friends. On their Facebook page, they wrote, "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."
Sesame Workshop told Yahoo! TV they are not commenting on the case or cover at this time.