Bert and Ernie New Yorker Cover Celebrates Gay Marriage Rulings

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It's always been assumed, but The New Yorker went ahead and stuck its nose in Sesame Street's business today...

... by outing Bert and Ernie as a gay couple!

In the wake of the Supreme Court shooting down DOMA and Prop 8 this week, the magazine's latest issue places these two puppets on the cover, savoring the "moment of joy."

Bert and Ernie New Yorker Cover

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind this image, adding via Tumblr:

“This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”

It's possible not everyone agrees, however. In 2011, Sesame Street even said that Bert and Ernie are just friends, with no implied sexual orientation.

Tell us what you think in the comments and our surveys:

The New Yorker's Bert and Ernie cover:

 

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Why can't Bert and Ernie stay innocent characters of an innocent children's show.? Disgusting!!!!

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This totally lame muppets R innocent Sesame Street is NOT sexual get a life this is as dumb as the Purple Teletubbie scandal!

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there's goes my childhood

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I knew Bert and Ernie were gay!

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If the gay community wants the general public to take them seriously, they should be more tactful about the messages they send.Granted, this was the New Yorker's doing, but I don't hear many from the gay community complaining about this. The approach was very unprofessional.

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So any two same gender friends sharing rent, t.v., friends in common automatically are gay? even if they are not/ Come on world, move on....

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PEOPLE THAT READ THE NEW YORKER SHOULD USE IT AS TOILET PAPER....

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Tolerance must start somewhere at an early age. Bert and Ernie are good 21st century role models.

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@ Spare+me

I couldn't agree more!

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Well, what do you expect when you have someones head or hand up your behind!!
Look what happened to Elmo.

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@ ShadowZ

I meant from the waist down.

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@ ShadowZ

But, they are not gay. They are puppets. They have nothing from the waste down. If we want to teach future generations about gay rights, we should construct new icons who are openly gay and whose messages are geared toward sexual equality.