This week was a momentous occasion for equal rights in the US, with the Supreme Court ruling DOMA – the awful defense of marriage act was ruled unconstitutional and there’s been a lot of celebrating to do. No one celebrated harder than The New Yorker, who took the time to put America’s favourite gay puppet couple, Bert and Ernie, on its cover.
If you’re one of those people who ask, “Why make Sesame Street sexual?”, you’re kinda missing the point, but okay. I don’t think companionship has to be overtly sexual – it’s not like the cover has them ramming each other up the backside or something. But come on, y’all know Bert and Ernie weren’t just roommates. And now they can get married! That’s a reason to celebrate (ha). Of course, show writers say that the puppets don’t have a sexuality, which is most likely true since… they’re puppets.
The artist of the picture is a man named Jack Hunter, who originally submitted the picture via Tumblr. “It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” he told The New Yorker‘s Culture Desk. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”