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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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