New Yorker Bert & Ernie cover spotlights DOMA, Proposition 8 decisions

Photo: Jack Hunter/New Yorker

The New Yorker, the legendary weekly news weekly, is putting Bert and Ernie, the Sesame Street characters, on its cover this week.

The spread, of course, is not about the show whatsoever; rather, it's in reference to the Supreme Court's decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

The cover depicts the two characters looking at a television with the nine Supreme Court justices on it while Ernie rests his head on Bert's shoulder.

It's an allusion to the long-standing conception that Bert and Ernie are gay. The Children's Television Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street's production, threw cold water on those assumptions in 2011 though, saying that the two are simply "best friends" who remain puppets with no sexual orientation.

"They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves," show officials said.

The cover's artist, Jack Hunter, called the Supreme Court's decision a "moment we can all celebrate."

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” Taylor told the New Yorker.