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momlogic's Vivian: "Sesame Street" has gone gay-friendly, and dammit -- I love it!

Ernie and Bert

The New York Daily News says that a certain "ambiguous" tweet may confirm the long-standing rumor that Ernie and Bert mean far more to each other than just Muppet roomies.

The Los Angeles Times reprinted this cheeky tweet from Bert that referenced the recent "A-Team" remake (largely inspired by an impending "Sesame Street" parody of the film, on deck for November): "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.'"

DAY-um! That's ... OUT.

As "mo" is a commonly used term for "homosexual," bloggers in the gay community were psyched to be acknowledged by the 41-year-old show. And, as the L.A. Times article so accurately pointed out, GLBT stars like Wanda Sykes and Neil Patrick Harris (as "the Shoe Fairy" no less!) have been heavily featured this season.

However, Ellen Lewis, Sesame Workshop's VP of corporate communications, told the L.A. Times that their efforts to appeal to a gay audience are not in the least deliberate. She said, "We've always reached out to a variety of actors and athletes and celebrities to appear on the show, and our programming has always appealed to adults as much as children. Honestly, the idea that anyone would interpret [this season] that way never crossed our minds."

Really? Even with the "Shoe Fairy" reference?

Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), told the L.A. Times that this brand of inclusion reflects the times, as well as "Sesame Street's" tolerant credo: "As more and more loving and committed gay and lesbian couples begin families, it's important that their children see representations of their families on their favorite show," he said. "'Sesame Street' has a long history of teaching children about diversity and acceptance, and I don't expect that our community will be left out of that education."

Now, I'm not SERIOUSLY planning on buying Ernie and Bert some Jonathan Adler pottery in congrats, but as a daily observer of what happens on the beloved "Street," I have noticed a vast increase in veiled references to things GLBT. And I think it's totally awesome and about time mainstream children's programming became inclusive of same-sex-parent families.

What do you guys think? Have you noticed?


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50 comments so far | Post a comment now
Carly October 27, 2010, 6:43 AM

Holy crap. I’ve read your articles before and am always left shaking my head, but this time you’ve outdone yourself. I…I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Let’s just say, you and I disagree.

Vivian October 27, 2010, 7:21 AM

Hey, that’s all good. I didn’t write the articles pointing this out - the LA Times and NY Daily News did. So I’m reiterating their articles and stating my own opinion.

I believe gay people are entitled to the same rights we are and am proud to say so. Even if we differ in perspective, considering someone else’s views is never a bad thing and is always a little eye opening in some way.

KMayer October 27, 2010, 9:38 AM

They’ve been sleeping together separately for 41 years… whaddja think they were? Married?
http://www.returntoworkmom.com/

HipMamab October 27, 2010, 9:43 AM

I didn’t notice, but IMHO that’s even better! :) So sesame!

supnatmom October 27, 2010, 10:13 AM

I’ve notice…on the tv portion of the Elmo’s World segment the hostess (who is not exactly a girly girl) was singing about families and they showed one with 2 Moms.
I don’t think that the people at Sesame Street are going to “come out” and say they have an agenda but the producers and writers have opinions and likes and dislikes and this will appear in the writing i.e Sarah Jessica looking for “Big”, what was that about??

Ivan October 28, 2010, 3:12 PM

I knew they were from the day I saw my nephew’s Sesame Street coloring. There they were, Bert and Ernie, in the shower together.

Sam October 29, 2010, 6:48 AM

My son was just watching Sesame Street yesterday and told me that Ernie and Bert must be brothers. That works for me!

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