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Wait, You Mean Bert and Ernie Are Gay?

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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.”

Yup to all that.

Viral Video: Jason Schwartzman’s ‘Iron Chef’ Spoof on Sesame Street

This video finally went all-the-way-viral yesterday, but I thought I’d save it for today, since weekends can be tough.

I ordinarily think of Jason Schwartzman as an actor of distinguished subtlety and nuance, but I’m going to have to rethink that stance. Schwartzman’s bedazzled, satin-gloved host (of a segment called “Cast Iron Cook”) is all flared nostrils and crazy eyes. And shouting!

But the costume is the best part, maybe! It’s such a good imitation of Chairman Kaga’s distinctive lamé cape! And did you notice the little veggie embellishments on Schwartzman’s brocade chest and collar? Ah! So cute!

Cookie Monster Wants To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Cookie Monster is starting his own campaign to host Saturday Night Live and after seeing his four minute audition tape, I’m joining his cause.

Cookie starts his tape with a short monologue and then goes immediately into a sketch called “Macarooner”, a cookie-themed twist on the show’s popular MacGruber character. There’s also a short tribute to Weekend Update (was that a pot joke he made or is that just me making everything a subtle drug reference?) and a Lady Gaga impression that absolutely killed me.

This is just about the most funny and darling thing I’ve seen on the Internet and in a hot minute, and with all the pictures of kitten doing silly things out there, that’s really saying something.

Quotables: Bert May Have Outed Himself on Twitter

“Ever notice how similar my hair is to Mr. T’s?  The only difference is mine is a little more ‘mo,’ a little less ‘hawk.’”

-Bert commenting on his hairstyle via Sesame Street‘s Twitter.

I love this so very much.  Partly because I’ve thought that Bert and Ernie were in love ever since I was a small child – theirs was a precious love, reenacted with my Bert and Ernie dolls to the soundtrack of their Greatest Hits album – and partly because I’ve heard a friend make the exact same joke while he was doing his hair for an evening at the gay bar.

The L.A. Times compiled a list of recent guest appearances on Sesame Street that hinted at a more gay-friendly attitude, including Neil Patrick Harris’ number as the Shoe Fairy and Will.I.Am’s song about being true to yourself, no matter what.  With all of this, plus Bert’s comment about his hair (and really, is there any other way to take that?), I’m choosing to believe that within the next few years, Bert and Ernie are finally going to come out as the most precious couple on the Street.

Sesame Street Wants Black Girls To Love Their Hair

Ahhhh, OK. I love this.

Sesame Street made a video that’s targeted at their black female audience called, “I Love My Hair” and not only is it just really adorable to watch (I’m almost 27 and still highly amused by puppets. That’s OK, right?), but I’m super crazy about the message of self-love.

If you’ve seen Chris Rock’s Good Hair or like, don’t fucking live under a rock, you know that many black women spend thousands a year on keeping their hair flat and silky looking. Just check out this trailer if you haven’t seen it. There’s a lot of facts that will blow your mind.

“The Creamy Crack.” Kills me.

Anyway, good on Sesame Street for addressing this issue. Self-acceptance is the most important thing you can teach a child.