Paging Sesame: Bert and Ernie share cuddly ‘Moment of Joy’ on The New Yorker’s DOMA cover

No, not even Muppets can be spared a part in this culture war,” writes David Harsanyi at Human Events. In celebration of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions, The New Yorker debuted this cover, titled “Moment of Joy:

Ohhhhh. That kind of “roommates.”

We’re pretty sure puppets don’t have sexual orientations and can’t actually get married (but don’t tell Kermit and Piggy).

Sesame Workshop doesn’t like it either. According to a 2011 statement, Bert and Ernie are most definitely not gay. Also, they’re Muppets.

“Bert and Ernie are best friends,” the statement read. “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.”

But more importantly, why is it so dark in Bert and Ernie’s pad?

Can we get a fact check on this?

  • yobabe

    Creepy and wrong…what’s next, the gay version of the Odd Couple coming to Broadway? …The Sod Couple.

  • SineWaveII

    So they finally admit that Bert and Ernie are gay.

    Didn’t we always know that?

    Actually our theory was always that Ernie is the gay one and Bert is just confused.

    That kinda explains this http://www.bertisevil.tv/index2.htm

    • RblDiver

      Sesame actually has explicitly stated that they are best friends, and NOT gay.

      • SineWaveII

        Yes, but that was pre-DOMA decision. Now well…..
        Put it this way…they aren’t fooling anyone.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          Well to be honest, their lives have always revolved around something being up their keisters.

    • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic

      “and Bert is just confused.”

      Nah. Bert is just evil. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_is_Evil)

  • mickeyco

    That’s disgusting. How can the New Yorker do that without Sesame Street’s approval. (Statement above says Sesame Street says Ernie & Bert are not gay.) Wish I read the New Yorker so I could stop, but I quit it years ago.

    • Jeremy

      good choice. The New Yorker is just a far left rag.

    • RedSoloCup

      It’s no different from Rolling Stone(d).

      • Jeremy

        They are both worthless indeed.

    • detroit19

      Obviously, they had their approval.

      • Bathing Suit Area

        Or they didn’t ask and just did it under fair use rules.

  • ICOYAR

    Sesame Workshop should sue for trying to damage their brand.

    They may be leftists, but that is just plain wrong.

    • RblDiver

      Indeed, particularly when Sesame Street has already addressed the controversy in the past, explicitly stating that they are NOT gay.

      • ICOYAR

        I take it that they are roommates as the best example. Heterosexual life partners.

        • Bemani Dog

          I was hoping they’d someday say they were actually brothers. That would make all that speculation even more deliciously creepy.

          Personally, I hate when people speculate that fictional characters are gay when canon doesn’t say or suggest they are.

          • LinTaylor

            You say that as if their being brothers would stop the really weird ones from insisting they’re gay. Heck, it would probably encourage some people to pick up the pace.

    • RedSoloCup

      Yes, hopefully the NY gets a cease-and-desist letter.

  • Mike Faber

    So by this rationale, are Kermit and Miss Piggy promoting inter species mating? It’s too easy to bait social comservatives. Let it go guys. It’s funny.

    • ICOYAR

      Kermit is currently rotting in a prison cell, while Bubba is currently making him squeal like a piggy.

      Wait, wrong Kermit…

      • Guest

        They’re both sentient, so it’s not quite the same.

        • ICOYAR

          The puppet is the only sentient one here.

    • tommcgtx

      It’s not

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Actually it’s liberals that promote inter-species sex…for real.

    • Bemani Dog

      They’re both sentient, so it’s not the same.

    • Damien Johnson

      it’s also too easy to make you amoral liberals look retarded.

    • TocksNedlog

      Kermit & Miss Piggy’s relationship is the story that the owners of those characters chose to tell (and NO, conservatives don’t have a problem with it).
      The depiction of Bert & Ernie on The New Yorker cover is completely counter to the manner in which the owners of those characters wish for them to be depicted.
      Fair-use rules allow for parodies of characters in the public sphere, but they don’t allow for libelous assertions of ‘this is what these characters are REALLY all about.’
      And if you think that The New Yorker’s intention was to be “funny” then perhaps it is the LGBT community that should be most upset at the cartoonish belittling of what they — rightly or wrongly — view as a major victory for their agenda.

  • John W.

    That cover makes for a highly effective emetic.

  • descolada9

    So the New Yorker is projecting their opinions onto a child’s show?? No wonder we fear that our children are being indoctrinated!

  • Damien Johnson

    Screw these people. This is the crap that many as myself have been saying for the longest time; the eventual goal of homosexuality normalization, is to pervert kids. I don’t believe that either side of the “is homosexuality normal?” argument should be taught to kids, period, but these amoral people are forcing the hand of Christian parents to teach their kids that no matter what the world says, to not treat someone different for being a homosexual but do not recognize it as normal or moral.

    Prior to 2008, most Christians such as myself would shrug and say “I don’t agree with it but it’s your business, not mine” in reaction to someone being a homosexual. Now in the time of brainwashing indoctrination tools like Glee, you cannot say anything negative about homosexuality without getting attacked by the homosexual mafia (gay and straight people who think gay is normal who claim to be so tolerant but are intolerant of your views and try to get your life ruined for dissenting). They also ignore that you as a Christian are also against heterosexual fornication, but they can’t accuse you of cherry-picking the Bible if they acknowledge that.

    Hell, if you simply say homosexuality is wrong… as a pastor… on a CHRISTIAN program in Australia that gay people would not be watching anyway… the program gets shut down. Here in America, supporting Chic-Fil-A is somehow bigoted, yet homosexual-kissing in front of kids is somehow not disgusting (kids don’t even want to see straight couples sucking face). But but, HATE SANDWICHES!

    You give these clowns an inch, they take a mile. It’s bad enough I can’t watch a family show like Everybody Hates Chris on teennick without a commercial of two men full-on kissing coming on. What you do in a show is your business, I don’t have to watch it. Don’t push that crap on me in a commercial. And, they are STILL going after kids even AFTER the SSW already said Bert and Ernie are NOT gay! I’m surprised they were even brave enough to speak out about that! When are we going to say that we have had enough? Push all the propaganda you want; we will still not assimilate, but leave the damn kids alone!

    • ICOYAR

      Brainwashing is ineffective against the educated. That is why they try to push for the least common denominator and try to convince them that THEY are educated instead.

      And that is the reason why Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot all murdered them en masse. Hell, the Khmer Rouge killed people for wearing GLASSES because they were thought to be “educated”.

      • Damien Johnson

        That’s an excellent way to describe it.

      • Bathing Suit Area

        This explains why liberals are always complaining about higher education being a tool of conservative propaganda.

    • tommcgtx

      They can’t “leave the kids alone”. If they don’t get them early, nature will take over and they’ll develop normally and will recognize that it’s wrong. America has already “pitched it’s tent toward Sodom”, and won’t recognize what’s actually happening until they are pounding on the door, demanding to have their way. Hopefully, we won’t give them our children like Lot did.

      • Marjorie

        Can we turn Pelosi into a pillar of salt….Please?

        • mickeyco

          For some reason, I read that as Palin and thought you’d lost your mind between posts. Instead, I’ve lost my eyesight.

          • Marjorie

            Will send you my bi-focals…but of all the things I’v lost, I miss my mind the most. Admire and respect Sarah!

    • NCRelite

      I don’t really have a problem with same sex marriage, but I agree with you. I think this sort of ‘reverse bullying’ is ridiculous, and the passive indoctrination through television and media is totally shady

      • Damien Johnson

        My thing is I agree with the DOMA ruling because I don’t feel homosexual couples should be, legally, different from a hetero one. That will never change morally. I feel they should be called a civil union, NOT a marriage. Though at this point with the marriage rate being broken down as it is, it won’t matter if they’re called a marriage.

        For Prop 8, I agree with it to a point. It didn’t force homo marriage on the entire country, but it overturned the will of the people who said no to gay marriage. That to me is wrong. If the people said yes, it would not be wrong.

        Still, we either need equal benefits under civil unions, or strike the whole system down and place everybody under a civil union, with an optional marriage ceremony through church. I stole this idea from repubgrlprobs.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Equal, in this case isn’t equal. Marriage between one man and one woman is in no way equal to man/man or woman/woman.. they are lacking a basic premise that would make them equal … one man and one woman. 2 blue fish, or 2 red fish, would not be equal to a group of 1 red and 1 blue. Basic freaking kindergarten logic….

          And besides, equal isn’t always FAIR.

          • Damien Johnson

            I agree that they are not equal as much as they try to say they are. Just that under legality, they should have the same benefits.

        • redheadgrl

          My question is: why do we want government involved with marriage/unions at all? Why have we let the gov’t regulate this area of our lives so easily? As a single person, I am not afforded the benefits of marrieds, so am I now discriminated against? Can we not get gov’t out of it and have civil unions issued by gov’t to all, and marriage issued by the church?

          • Damien Johnson

            completely this. Get the gov out of marriage.

          • Bathing Suit Area

            I assume then that if you get married, you will not do so legally.

          • Damien Johnson

            You’re making absolutely zero sense. It’s legal for me to marry because I’m not marrying gay.

          • Bathing Suit Area

            Sure, but I mean that if you get married, you won’t be legally registering it with the state, because you don’t want the gov’t involved in marriage.

          • Damien Johnson

            Alright. Well, as it is now I don’t have a choice in that matter, so yeah.

      • Richard Wayne

        Liberals consider it ‘education’ on different lifestyles, not indoctrination.

        http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/05/06/joe-biden-will-and-grace-gay-marriage/

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      They already have a show, on ABC Family of all places, with two moms called The Fosters and one of the most watched sitcoms right now, Modern Family, has a family with two dads along with every other show having at least one gay character. If you watch any TV at all you can’t get away from this stuff. And if you say you disagree with them at all you are called names but I am at the point where I don’t care anymore and if we ever hope to win back the culture we as a whole can’t care about being called names anymore.

      • Damien Johnson

        Yeah, I already knew about that. There’s also a show with a transgender superhero on the Hub called Shezow. A guy morphs into a girl with powers for no apparent reason. See, I stick to netflix and old television shows. I watch mostly cartoons, and I decided it was time to try to find a “grown-up” show that I like, despite I see nothing wrong with still enjoying cartoons because my father grew up with comics and he still watches new superhero cartoons, and that cartoons can have mature storylines. So, I tried Scandal because everybody was talking about it. Within the first ten minutes of the show it was pushing some “Republican Christians are evil and anti-gay” crap on me, and I’m thinking “Wow. I am not even a Republican, but why in the hell are you ALREADY pushing political crap on me? I just want to be entertained!” So i gave up on the show before it even got to the end of that first episode where it turns out that Republican deacon was a homosexual himself. However, I am planning on a big project to talk about why homosexuality is wrong. It involves forcing myself to watch 5 episodes of Glee, Modern Family, and New normal each to write about the indoctrination tactics each show uses-and how each show just happens to have an anti-bible episode.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          Yeah, no conservative or Christian is ever given a fair shake in the media but what is awesome is that viewership of TV as a whole and even movies is down while shows like Duck Dynasty are consistently gaining viewers. If they want to continue to get viewers they have to quit alienating their audiences sooner or later. As far as your project goes it sounds like a good idea, you could see how those shows relate to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. ‘Ridicule’ is one of the most effective rules. Just a suggestion.

  • Sean

    I prefer this to their alternative, Dora stands with Wendy cover.

    • Damien Johnson

      Sadly that probably is a real cover somewhere.

    • tommcgtx

      It’s a slippery slope to Dora and Boots

  • NCRelite

    Anyone else feel like this is a big farce, how a bunch of a**holes in robes throw America’s hottest new victim group a bone and everyone cheers like a bunch of idiots? This has nothing to do with my stance on gay marriage btw

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Sure it doesn’t.

  • grais

    Will the New Yorker hook them up with Fritz the Cat for a threesome?

    • ICOYAR

      All while a massive picture of goatse is on the television screen

  • ToyZebra

    Should have used Elmo.

    • SpinMeNot

      I hear that Bert and Ernie do every chance they get …

      Yeah, I know, I’m a bad person …

  • Patsplacepp

    I totally thought conservative couldn’t care less about Sesame Street or the Children’s Television Network /PBS in general. Why is this news or even important? @damienjohnson:disqus I see your points and your argument is sound (to you), but as a Christian it’s not really up to me to judge how someone else is living. Thats up to their God. My kids, though young are taught to bring home questions. Exposure in school, on TV, in books from their friends, isn’t going to stop but they can always question what they are learning. If you truly believe being homosexual is not normal then fair enough, and if you have kids and want them to view others like that, power to you. You’ve got that right. Equally other parents who don’t take your stance can go the opposite view. If you’re going to hate, dislike, not approve of gays and need your kids to think the same..power to you. In this globalized world we live in things are going to get a bit smaller for them with that mind set (not saying its the wrong thought process just spelling out fact..at least IMHO)

    • TocksNedlog

      The LGBT community sure thought it was important news!

    • Richard Wayne

      If something only applies to 3% of the population, wouldn’t it by definition not be ‘normal.’

      • Patsplacepp

        @richard_wayne:disqus you’ve got to be amazed that 3% of the population could make such sweeping changes. Maybe that’s the new normal.

        • Richard Wayne

          It isn’t so amazing if you have faith in the constitution and that people are entitled to equal protection under the law. With that being said, this ruling is a byproduct of economic benefits favoring one group over another.

      • Bathing Suit Area

        What percentage of the population is named “Richard Wayne”? Does this make you some kind of freak? Should we then disregard your rights because you’re just a special interest?

        • Richard Wayne

          Not really a relevant or salient counterpoint… Kind of juvenile actually.

          • Bathing Suit Area

            Just following your logic to its conclusion.

          • Richard Wayne

            Yeah that is the thing when logic is faulty and based on childishness, the conclusion doesn’t work.

          • Bathing Suit Area

            That’s what I was pointing out.

          • Aaron

            It’s actually both relevant and salient. You are promoting the will of the majority to impose whatever laws they wish over the minority, which is what a republic was distinctly designed to prevent.

    • Damien Johnson

      What I have a problem with is the “homosexuality is normal” propaganda, not with homosexual people. Hate the sin, not the sinner, etc. I do not hate people who are sexually promiscuous, I do not hate people who smoke cigarettes, these are also things that I disagree with.

      • Aaron

        If you mean “normal” as in “naturally occurring”, then yes, homosexuality is perfectly normal – I suggest you take a look into epigenetics.

    • Spinmamma

      Really? You think 3, 4, 5, and 6 year olds should be pondering the question of sexual orientation? Really? How do you get them to that point when most are innocent regarding human sexuality?

      • Bathing Suit Area

        How do you suggest we prevent children from knowing about straight couples then?

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

    Remember your rubber duckie, kids. Safety first!

  • TJ

    Do they get a reduction in the rent of the rent controlled apartment if they claim they are a couple in NYC. At least if they claim they are a couple Bert can get Ernie’s rubber ducky with out having to pay estate tax.

  • Richard Wayne

    Bert and Ernie are gay! Batman and Robin are gay! 300 was gay! The hobbits in the Lord of the Rings were gay! These are just the things I’ve heard over the years regarding popular culture. Can Liberals just stop projecting their politics on every dang thing? Pretty soon all friendships will be classified as sexless gay relationships.

    • CdnBill

      Liberal men are gay, or undoubtably wish they were. It’s part of the craving for a life without having to grow up or be responsible for anything. Lesbians are largely man-haters and spend much of their lives hissing and spitting at each other.

  • TocksNedlog

    Jim Henson was cremated, but if his body was in a box it would be spinning like mad right now.

  • Roto

    Get this… if Sesame Workshop ok’d the cover, our tax dollars paid for it:

    “Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational 501(c)(3) organization with charitable, tax-exempt status. We maintain a balanced mix of revenue sources with support coming from foundations, corporations, ***government agencies***, individuals, program sales, and product licensing….”
    http://www.sesameworkshop.org/about-us/financials/

  • Damien Johnson

    Not watching anything on youtube today.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Ooh, that’ll show them.

  • Marjorie

    Big Bird would be so proud!

  • unknown

    And Youtube has a rainbow heart with its main icon

    • Damien Johnson

      I don’t see why corporations can’t just stay out of politics, unless asked a question a-la what happened with chic-fil-a.

  • Stephanie Warren

    Seems they didn’t get the memo. The people who own sesame street recentl;y made it public that bert and ernie are NOT gay.

  • Momo

    I think it’s interesting that when the New Yorker had the opportunity to commemorate an historic day for supporters of marriage equality, they chose to do it by using two beloved children’s fictional characters.

    Projecting a gay identity onto someone to reinforce a particular point of view is already irresponsible, but these are PUPPETS that are iconic symbols of childhood and innocence.

    What kind of a special perverted mind finds it acceptable or necessary to sexualize Sesame Street puppets?

    • CdnBill

      The mind of a typical liberal. No?

  • Jason Gary

    Clarification: The New Yorker doesn’t own Bert and Ernie. It is a parody. And like others have said: the characters are not only PUPPETS, but also allegedly 6 years old. The cover is just wrong and so full of fail on so, so many levels.

  • RedSoloCup

    Did the magazine even have the right to use them?

  • Im_Rick_James

    I guess they were just the next in line. We already know about Elmo…

  • notenoughtime

    Can we keep the beloved children’s characters out of the agenda. Their lives are innocent and uncomplicated and do not need the libs ruining their “friends”!

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Because so many children buy the New Yorker.

  • David C. PLOWMAN

    There goes my kids childhoods. Thank God I grew up watching the Lone Ranger, Romper Room, Captain Kangaroo. Next they’ll tell me the Ranger and Tonto, and Capt. Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans. Were gay. There will go MY childhood!

  • SR5150

    After this cover was published, PBS makes it a point to state that Ernie and Bert ARE NOT GAY.

    Clearly, people working for PBS are homophobes.

  • AMSilver

    Can someone explain to me how it’s illogical to think that this push to normalize homosexuality will lead to a push to normalize pedophilia when a ‘respectable’ news magazine is using child characters from a children’s show to celebrate the overturn of DOMA & the Prop 8 ruling?

  • Mark81150

    Now that’s just sick… another childhood memory p*ssed on by the all consuming gay activist agenda…. they simply CAN’T leave a children’s show out of it, they MUST program the next generation to normalize a fringe behavior..

    no matter how much they distort it, 3% of the population can never be “mainstream”.. accepted, tolerated, but glowingly praised?

    oh please.. that’s like praising bigamy.. by it’s very nature, it’s a clear deviance from normal.

    Here’s a thought… stop rubbing your personal kinks in the public’s face all the time.. Just as I have zero tolerance for a straight guy sharing his sexual partners with anyone within earshot, so too with theirs.. keep it to yourself.. we don’t want to hear about your sexploits…

    mmmkay?