The New Yorker features Bert and Ernie cuddling in a “moment of joy”

In celebration of the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, The New Yorker’s cover features Bert and Ernie together on the couch watching the ruling on TV, experiencing, as the title of the piece puts it, a “Moment of Joy”…

Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy

When the question of Bert and Ernie’s orientation has been raised before, the official word from Sesame Street has been that they are “just friends” and aren’t gay because, despite being humanish, they’re still only puppets and puppets don’t have sexual orientations. (Which, of course, means they’re not straight either.)

Despite Sesame Street’s (non)stance on the issue, Jack Hunter, the creator of the original image that was adapted for the New Yorker cover explains

I thought they were well suited to represent how a lot of gay couples must have felt.… after all, they’ve been together for almost 50 years … as “just friends” or otherwise.

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5 responses to “The New Yorker features Bert and Ernie cuddling in a “moment of joy””

  1. Greg says:

    Really getting sick of this stuff.

  2. Emmaretta says:

    Of all the photos I’ve seen of happy couples after hearing about the SCOTUS ruling, this has to be my favorite. :)

  3. Paula says:

    Aha! So it is true!! Next it’ll be Patrick Star and Spongebob Squarepants.

  4. Borte says:

    Bert’s a d*ck!

  5. Fowlerfellow says:

    This cover would better be qualified as tasteless exploitation of sentiment. Furthermore, this exploitation is not so different from the exploitation that homosexuals endured for many years before a more mainstream acceptance.

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