Not Everyone Wants to See Bert and Ernie Cuddle

By: Brandon Voss
6.28.2013

The Pride parade marches down Sesame Street too!

Although Sesame Workshop maintains that neither Bert nor Ernie have a sexual orientation, reminding everyone that they're puppets and not people, it's still fun to speculate about their fictional relationship: "Best friends and roommates? Queen, please."

The New Yorker has now gotten in on the gag with their new cover, which uses an image — actually dating back to May 2012 — that artist Jack Hunter originally submitted unsolicited to a Tumblr. The “Moment of Joy” cover shows B & E snuggled up on the couch as they watch Wednesday's historic SCOTUS ruling on TV.

“It's amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime," Hunter told the magazine's Culture Desk. "This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate."

Of course, if our Facebook feed is any indication, not everyone's feeling the cover. Let's call them Sesame Street purists? Summing up their anti-New Yorker argument is gay writer Tyler Coates. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone angrier about this illustration than Tyler Coates. He writes for Flavorwire:

What the hell, guys? In a week when we experienced an amazing achievement in the fight for marriage equality, The New Yorker has summed up the Supreme Court’s historic DOMA decision in next week’s cover image, conveniently posted online this morning because the click-baiting, buzz-obsessed culture we live in propagates infantilism. That’s essentially what Jack Hunter, the artist behind the cover image, and the venerable magazine’s editors have done: belittling the decades-long — hell, millennia-long — fight for equal rights by needlessly sexualizing a pair of puppets.

In other words, Tyler Coates is pissed, y'all. He goes on to describe the cover as "homophobic" and say that he feels "victimized and marginalized." Seriously, you need to read this.

What do you think of the controversial cover?

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