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June 29, 2013 - 7:02 am

The New Yorker cover this week features a drawing of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie cuddling on a couch while watching a TV featuring a picture of the Supreme Court.

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Suggesting that Bert and Ernie are gay lovers is absurd. But what’s even sillier is the notion that the decision on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 has fundamentally altered the political landscape and that state legislatures are going to rush ahead and pass laws that allow gay marriage.

There may be 6-8 more states that will probably vote to allow gay marriage. But for the rest, it is unlikely that a vote will be taken on the issue any time soon. Gays can’t win at the state level. which is why they are seeking to short-circuit the democratic process and get the Supreme Court to do their leg work for them.

But hey! Let’s use children’s characters to make gay marriage all warm and fuzzy! After all, who can argue with Bert and Ernie?

ABC News:

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” Hunter said, as posted on the New Yorker’s website. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”

There have long been rumors about the nature of Bert and Ernie’s relationship.

When same-sex marriage was legalized in the state of New York in July 2011, an online petition urged the fictional characters to tie the knot.

The petition gained so much buzz that the Children’s Television Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street,” released a statement saying that 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,” the 2011 statement said. “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.”

The magazine refused an interview request but released a statement reading, “The New Yorker thinks the cover speaks for itself.”

“Sesame Street” producers have not commented on the cover, but the image drew a range of reactions online.

The online magazine Slate wrote, “it’s is a terrible way to commemorate a major civil-rights victory for gay and lesbian couples,” mirroring a number of media outlets that noted the production company’s repeated denials that the puppet buddies are intended to be seen as a gay couple.

Not all reaction was negative. The Huffington Post called the New Yorker cover “one of its most awesome covers of all time,” while others reported that the image has in fact been floating around the Web for more than a year.

I don’t think this sexualizes the characters. After all, they’re only cuddling. And it’s doubtful that children would understand the subtext of the cartoon, even if they saw it. The issue here is silliness: using iconic children’s characters to sell the notion of gay marriage when the characters are, for all intents and purposes, asexual. The image is forced and hardly performs a service in support of gay marriage. It only makes some social conservatives hysterical  and forces others to question the seriousness with which some liberals take the issue.

A “major civil rights victory”? More like a punt. And Bert and Ernie are not going to convince any legislators at the state level that their same-sex relationship should result in a marriage where they live happily ever after.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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While this cover spread may appear just plain silly, it is anything but. It is deadly serious. In fact, it is part of a MEGA propaganda campaign to mainstream homosexuality through ever medium, and most especially to desensitize those who are totally out of sync with gay "marriage".
Rest assured, what is being done to soften up the kiddies is WAY more ominous. No kidding.
Billy boy Ayers is in the forefront of said educational campaign, as is Kevin Jennings, the "safe" schools czar (before he was "dismissed" due to an uproar) who is also a proponent of man-child love...but let's not get bogged down in too many details. The main issue is to bring down America and that is that - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/28/the-gay-in-chief-exposes-himself-once-again-excited-about-knocking-down-doma-makes-time-to-call-gay-couple-why-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Again, the media is recruited into this very serious campaign!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
42 weeks ago
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Why in the world would you sell gay sex to children unless you plan on turning those children into sexual objects. Most of the world does - why not us, eh?

I'm so tired of the deviancy that has cripples this country. When will it all end?
42 weeks ago
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Full disclosure : 1. I am black. 2. I am _not_ religious.

What bothers me about this whole "movement" is that its been hijacked by ultra-leftist types and with the aid of the media, morphed into this whole chimera of "If you don't support every single iota of the Far Left Agenda (Carbon Taxes, Nationalized Health Care, Citizen Disarmament, Taxpayer-funded Abortion On Demand, Open Borders, etc...), they you want LGBTs to die (and also want blacks, hispanics, women, arabs, etc... dead).

And at least 51% of the country FALLS FOR THIS crap.
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I don't get the angst. Bert and Ernie have been gay for years. Anyone who watches Sesame Street with any regularity knows.

Two guys living together. No women around anywhere. Share a bedroom. Do I need to draw you a picture or what?

As foir roles, Bert is the butch, Ernie the queen. Or in sports terms, Bert is pitching and Ernie is catching.
41 weeks ago
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Odd, when asked this question by reporters, Henson basically called it a stupid question.
41 weeks ago
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Right about now, I am so thankful that my son has never shown any interest in Sesame Street because I'd be having to break him of the habit.
41 weeks ago
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Non issue - goal is to sell magazines
41 weeks ago
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I'm all for a happy marriage, but if the Supreme Court thinks everyone has a right to a happy marriage they're so wrong. I mean look at the divorce statistics. A happy marriage is a privilege, not a welfare right or entitlement. Marriage is like driving a car and having a no fault accident, as long as you don't have children and do have a prenuptial you get a no fault divorce. Indeed, family law courts are one of the most dangerous venues where formerly happy people regularly go off in court in a violent fit of rage over an unhappy marriage. I don't know where the Supreme Court and the government is going to get all those Stepford wives and husbands to provide the partners for those state mandated happy marriages.
42 weeks ago
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Did the magazines editors believe that no young children will be exposed to this cover as it is displayed on news stands ?
This confirms the worst fears of those who oppose the homosexual agenda- That homosexuals will direct their propaganda at the smallest, weakest and least mature among us.
42 weeks ago
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And the funny part is that some of the most immature aren't children.
41 weeks ago
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The only "Muppet" films I've ever seen were The Muppet Christmas Carol, possibly a very brief moment of The Muppet Motion Picture at Kids Stay and Play, and Muppets in Space (the movie that revealed that Gonzo was a space alien). Other than Muppet Motion Picture (which was very brief), all the films I saw were made after Jim Henson's death. That would not be enough to ruin my childhood. Besides, it already was when Elmo's current puppeteer came out as a pedophile.

Another thing, as another poster mentioned above, Henson never died from AIDS, it was from pneumonia. I honestly don't know where you got that information, but it is false. Also, I looked up Disney on Conservapedia, and he's not a pedophile. Heck, he had a successful marriage for over 40 years, something that's atypical of Hollywood marriages. Disney's Neverland was not even a factor in Michael Jackson's actions/pedophilia (heck, Disney never even created Peter Pan in the first place: It was a British story meant for a play. Hook generally being played by the dad, as a matter of fact, was the result of an ad-lib, as the actor who played the dad was entranced enough with the character to want to do the job. Originally, Hook was female and likely to be the mom.). And as stated before, not only did Henson deny Ernie and Bert were gay when asked by an interviewer, he even made it clear that the question was stupid. Do you really want me to find the interview in question? Because I will.
42 weeks ago
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That reply was directed to RandallS, BTW. I don't know how it ended up at the top.
42 weeks ago
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"After all, they’re only cuddling."

Rick, when was the last time you saw two straight men cuddling?



Thought so.
42 weeks ago
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Oh for goodness sake. Jim Henson was married for 30 years, fathered 5 children, and died from complications of streptococcus pneumonia. That is one of the most common causes of death anywhere.

If anything he died at a young age from overwork. He did not see a doctor until late in his illness.

In any case the New Yorker, a publication which often is edgy and satirical went too far this time. Poor taste is not funny.

Calling these puppets gay might say something about the pathology of the individual making the charge. Have you ever seen Sesame Street? Found a lot of sexual context there?





42 weeks ago
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While I find Kennedy's ruling on DOMA insulting because he as much as said that anyone who's not in agreement is a mean-spirited bigot, I don't see SSM as the end of the world. The" gay is okay" message has been evident in TV programing, movies, advertising, fashion and art for decades because so many gays work in those fields and they have sympathetic colleagues. Though this exposure has probably contributed to the rising poll numbers for SSM (which I don't think are actually as high as reported) I don't think it's had any huge influence on what people will tolerate regarding their children. The part that concerns me the most is its connection to the growing intolerance toward religion. Fortunately, The New Yorker trying to capitalize on the situation with two amorous muppets will have as much of an impact as that supposedly gay tele-tubby did.
42 weeks ago
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Makes me think of their offensive post-Crown-Heights-pogrom cover.
42 weeks ago
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I remember that. More repulsive than anything they've ever done.
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