Friday, July 5, 2013

No, Bert and Ernie Did Not "Come Out of the Closet"

It's just the wishful thinking of a graphic artist.

The New Yorker just published a magazine cover that depicted Bert and Ernie watching the Supreme Court (who had just declared DOMA to be unconstitutional) on TV while Ernie lays his head, affectionately on Bert's shoulder. These two guys live together, so they must be gay, right?

Of course, this has garnered all kinds of reactions, but it's most important to point out that Sesame Street denies this interpretation, saying that Bert and Ernie have no sexual orientation, whatsoever. Some LGBT enthusiasts have long desired to see these two as a gay couple, but it's nothing more than slash fiction. On the cover of the New Yorker.

Bert and Ernie teach kids about friendship - can't that be enough? Can't we even watch a puppet show without politicizing it?


Jeremy Payton said...

Maybe this is not even a gay issue but just an indication of how our society "sexualizes" everything?

reneamac said...

I think you're absolutely right, Jeremy. I was left feeling like, Can't we even watch a puppet show without sexualizing it?

Sue Botchie said...

Several years ago i had so much sympathy for gays, until one day, after hearing of their latest complaint, i realized that no matter how we heteros accommodate the gay agenda, it will NEVER be enough to suit them.