In response to this week’s Supreme Court rulings surrounding the downfall of DOMA and Prop. 8, The New Yorker is featuring Sesame Street’s iconic dynamic duo, Bert and Ernie, as its cover stars.
Artist Jack Hunter originally submitted the piece, which showcases the two puppets cuddling on their couch as they witness the SCOTUS ruling, to Tumblr. Speculation surrounding the puppet pair’s relationship status has been swirling among adults for years, even at one point inspiring viewers to petition for the two to wed. Sesame Street (quite hilariously) had this to say in response:
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.
Hunter’s artwork is, of course, an artistic interpretation in honor of the Supreme Court rulings. The New Yorker issue features a quote from Hunter on this incredible time in U.S. history.
It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.
You can learn more at CNN.