In the wake of this week’s Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s ban on gay marriage, the New Yorker magazine thought it would be cute to feature Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie as a gay couple on its same-sex cover.
The cover features silhouettes of the iconic puppets cuddling on a sofa while watching coverage of the SCOTUS decision on television.
In the 1980s rumors were rampant that Bert and Ernie were a gay couple — until the show’s producer released a common sense statement: Bert and Ernie don’t have sex, they’re puppets.
“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 said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter at the time.
This doesn’t surprise me: the media is complicit in promoting the gay agenda to America’s youth under the pretense of an anti-bullying campaign.
Conscientious gays draw the line at the media hijacking puppets to teach preschoolers that boys having sex with boys is normal. Even in private schools this message is being pushed to children. An “indignant” reader on THR gave his opinion on the cover in THR’s comments section:
As a gay man, let me just say that until or unless “Sesame Street” actually declares Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple (and for the sake of its adolescent viewers I hope it never does), the New Yorker cover is entirely inappropriate. It’s an insult not only to the show, but to those of us who grew up watching it, and to children watching the show currently who aren’t yet old enough to know what gay is, or even sexuality for that matter. It also could be interpreted as a mocking of my community as a whole. All in all, the cover brings
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