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Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Steak Snabler, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

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    An interesting choice to represent all gay couples and their reaction to the Supreme Court decisions from earlier this week. I assume whoever runs Sesame Street and its licensing rights these days signed off on this ...

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/06/new-yorker-cover-bert-ernie-gay-marriage.html
     
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  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    I seriously doubt anyone at PBS signed off on this.
     
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    PBS was pretty adamant about the characters "not having sexual orientation" a couple years ago. I'm guessing The New Yorker went ahead with the cover knowing that worst case scenario, they have to issue an apology.
     
  4. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    I don't think an apology is going to cut it with either the Sesame Street producers or the Hensons/Muppets ... they've gone after people/companies that have misused their "images" in the past, and gone after them hard ...
     
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    They're using it for news. There's no fair use infringement or anything to "go after." My guess is an apology (or even a non-apology) and that's about where it ends.

    Didn't the New Yorker have another cover recently that they ended up apologizing for?
     
  6. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    Was it the Obama one during '08 where he was depicted as a terrorist? It was obviously a mock-up of the image being pushed by conservatives, but the campaign saw a chance to score points, and took it. I recall Ryan Lizza got his credential yanked for a while, or something like that, as a result.
     
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    I remember one in 2008 where Obama is burning a flag and fist-bumping Michelle who has a giant Afro.
     
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    Bert is sitting in the chair behind Ernie.
     
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    The cover is clever, but I certainly understand why people would take issue with people finding the need to assign sexuality to a character on a children's show.
     
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    I like it. I don't think the New Yorker is trying to assign them sexuality as much as it is riffing on the fact that others have done so throughout the years.
     
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    Well, that's why the cover works... I tend to think when they saw the cover, they said, "Oh, this is great, run it and we'll deal with the consequences later..."
     
  12. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Re: Sesame Street's Bernie and Ernie "come out" on New Yorker cover

    As with the Obama cover (which is indeed probably what I'm thinking of), the New Yorker's reach is usually confined to those who are going to get the joke, but something like this takes the whole thing out of their audience.

    I loved the Obama cover a ton. I think this one shows a lack of respect and understanding for a show and its creators that do what they can to stay out of the fray and be likable to everyone.
     
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