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The New Yorker Memorializes DOMA With Controversial Bert And Ernie Cover

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This week, the Supreme Court made the historic ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 are both unconstitutional.  It’s an enormous victory for gays and lesbians, their families, and anyone who cares about equality.

So how did The New Yorker, arguably the most reputable magazine in the country, memorialize the occasion on their cover? With Bert and Ernie, two puppets from “Sesame Street,” watching a television with the Supreme Court justices shown the screen.

The background, in case you aren’t aware, is that there have long been jokes that roommates Bert and Ernie are actually extra-special roommates. Predictably, some whackadoodles have gotten upset about children watching “Sesame Street” and wondering why two male puppets (and their rubber ducky) live together.

I’ll be honest: I think the cover is a little cute just because I like Jim Henson puppets, especially the ones from “Sesame Street.” I also think it’s an eye-catching image, which means it may sell better on the newsstands (and is likely the primary reason The New Yorker chose it). The media is a business after all.

But not everyone feels the same way I do. Let’s ignore the National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez, who posted the image under the homophobic title “Innocence. Lost.” Blogger Tyler Coates of Flavorwire, whom I implicitly trust to interpret all things LGBTQ-related, blasted the cover as “infantilizing,” “offensive,” and click-baiting for Internet outrage. Keep reading »

Some G-Rated Jon Hamm News For Once: A Visit To “Sesame Street”

Melissa & Elmo
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Melissa McCarthy dances with Elmo! Read More »
JGL's Puppet Pal
Nothing could make Joseph Gordon-Levitt better, except a puppet. Read More »
Big Bird & Michelle
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Big Bird flew down to the White House to look for some healthy snacks. Read More »
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Jon Hamm Learns About Sculpture

Both (adorable) Elmo and (adorable) Jon Hamm have seen their fair share of scandalous headlines lately, so it’s a delight to see them come together on “Sesame Street” over something wholesome like sculpture. [YouTube]

Melissa McCarthy Busts A Move With Elmo

Big Bird & Michelle
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Big Bird flew down to the White House to look for some healthy snacks. Read More »
JGL's Puppet Pal
Nothing could make Joseph Gordon-Levitt better, except a puppet. Read More »
Elmo Accused
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Kevin Clash accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy. Read More »
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Shake Your Groove Thing, Melissa!

A grownup dancing with puppets sounds pretty creepy … except for when that grownup is Melissa McCarthy. Then it’s just funny. Flap-a-whatta-boom-boom! [YouTube]

Big Bird & Michelle Obama Talk Healthy Snacks

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Shut Up, Karl
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Karl Lagerfeld harrumphs at the First Lady's hairdo. Read More »
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Jennifer Hudson serenaded the first couple to an Al Green song. Read More »
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"Sesame Street" In The White House

Big Bird flew up from Sesame Street to help Michelle Obama hunt for healthy snacks in the White House kitchen as part of her Let’s Move! campaign.

Another video about how much fun (?) it is to exercise, after the jump… Keep reading »

Nothing Could Make Joseph Gordon-Levitt Better, Except Maybe A Puppet Pal

JGL In "Playboy"
Sadly, he doesn't take it all off. Read More »
JGL Does R. Kelly
Worlds be colliding! Read More »
JGL reinforces the word "reinforce"

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who formerly occupied a large part of my heart space that is now taken up with Nicholas Hoult, appeared on “Sesame Street” recently, to discuss the finer points of the word “reinforce” with a puppet friend named Murray (Jewish puppet?). To demonstrate the meaning of the word, JGL sacrifices his wristwatch to the wiles of Murray’s hammer, and does some Oscar-worthy acting in the process. [YouTube]

 

Accuser No. 4 Emerges In ‘Elmo’ Sex Scandal

The “Elmo” sex scandal shows no signs of going away: Kevin Clash, the former puppeteer of the popular ”Sesame Street” character, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging he had sexual relations with a minor. Accuser No. 4, so far not identified, claims he met Clash when he was 16 or 17 and Clash was in his 30s, back in 1995 or 1996. Read more…

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