‘Sesame Street’ exec says it’s ‘OK’ to think Bert and Ernie are gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The speculation swirling around “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie have caused debate on whether the puppets are simply roommates or have a romantic relationship.

In September, “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman, who is openly gay, said he based Bert and Ernie’s relationship on his own romantic relationship with another man.

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UK court rules bakery didn’t discriminate in ‘gay cake’ case

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LONDON (AP) | Britain’s Supreme Court on Oct. 10 reversed a lower court ruling and ruled that a bakery owned by a Christian family didn’t discriminate against a gay customer when it refused to make a cake bearing a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie and the phrase “Support Gay Marriage.” The owners argued they shouldn’t be forced to put messages on their products at odds with their Christian beliefs. The court agreed.

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‘Sesame Street’ wants to clarify: Bert and Ernie aren’t gay

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NEW YORK (AP) | The producers of “Sesame Street” want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay.

Sesame Workshop tweeted Tuesday that the characters are best friends and have many human traits but “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” In a follow-up tweet, it says “Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance .”

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Bakery appeals to UK Supreme Court in gay-rights cake case

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LONDON (AP) _ A bakery owned by a Christian family asked Britain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn a ruling that it discriminated against a gay customer for refusing to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage.”

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Sesame Street celebrates Pride with rainbow tweet

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sesame Street showed its support for families of all types in a tweet that appears to be a nod to the LGBT rainbow flag.

“Sesame Street is proud to support families of all shapes, sizes and colors,” the show’s account tweeted along with a photo of some different colored characters standing next to each other. The picture seems to mimic the LGBT rainbow flag.

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A review of the best and worst in 2012 pop culture and entertainment

By : Kirk Hartlage
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If it weren’t for double meanings and the double entendre, pop culture and entertainment would have probably ceased to exist this year (no thanks to those pesky Mayans and their predictions). Showtime’s hit espionage drama “Homeland” featured a double-agent in Damien Lewis’ Nicholas Brody, a former prisoner-of-war who was “turned” by al-Qaeda and now threatens the United States; meanwhile Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison is a CIA intelligence agent who suffers from bipolar disorder. NBC’s Thursday night comedy line-up (“30 Rock,” “Parks & Recreation” and “The Office”) is hysterically built around creative uses of the double entendre.

In that spirit we present our 2012 Pop Culture Year-In-Review, with all its double meanings.

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Should Bert and Ernie Stay in the Closet?

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bert-and-ernieAccording to Advocate.com, the group Change.org recently posted a petition to out the Sesame Street resident roommates. While it never really seemed relevant to me growing up with Bert and Ernie, this IS a whole new generation. I think it might be appropriate in order to teach our youth about tolerance to different types of families and relationship dynamics.