Free at last

The New Yorker cover this week show Bert & Ernie, cuddling on the couch, watching Supreme Court DOMA coverage.

And it’s kind of a wild story how this became the cover:

“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” said Jack Hunter, the artist behind next week’s cover, “Moment of Joy.” Hunter, who originally submitted his image, unsolicited, to a Tumblr, continued, “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”


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  • ArthurH

    He disappeared after giving Jerry Falwell a makeover.

  • Sponge Bob and Pinkie?

  • condew

    So where’s the purple teletubbie?

  • BillFromDover

    Lawsuits? 1st of all, ya gotta prove that this is Bert and Ernie and nor their twins.

    The haircuts sure look different to me… specifically, Ernie’s.

  • Kevin Johnston

    That is just a wonderful image. So sweet.

  • Mark_in_MN

    Actually it’s a diaeresis.

    :-) And, yes, it’s very annoying and they should just stop it.

  • It’s pointless to threaten to boycott a product you didn’t buy in the first place. LOL

  • Exactly. I used to work for a nonprofit that was slapped with an absurd cease and desist order from a major publisher (we didn’t reference their work or specif style at all but just using the same genre got us a letter from their lawyers). Fighting it would have bankrupted us so we complied. CTW is notorious for suing over such things, but they may let this slide since it’s a one-off, but even so I wouldn’t put it past them.

  • Children’s Television Workshop has never been shy about protecting it’s intellectual property before. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them file for a cease and desist, but the damage is done. The picture is out there, so it doesn’t really make any difference at this point.

  • Perhaps. But can you imagine the lawsuits if those were Disney characters?

  • emjayay

    It’s probably a fair use sort of thing, like satire. OK, I’m not a lawyer and have no idea what I’m talking about, but I think I’m right anyway.

  • emjayay

    I sometimes see mostly people like older black women on the subway reading the Bible . There is no way they have the background to understand the literary and historical context of the stuff in there. And neither do their preachers. Maybe it’s like a Catholic saying the rosary or in the old days going to Mass in a language you do not comprehend. Just sort of mostly meaninless religious stuff you do that will get you into heaven or something.

  • emjayay

    Also, they insist on spelling “cooperate” with an umlaut, because they are Nazis just like Der Fuhrer Obama. Sieg Heil!

  • And then only the illustrations in the Bible.

  • Beautiful cover… but aside from the Christofascists, aren’t Bert & Ernie considered copyright protected characters?

  • nicho

    They don’t read the bible. Turning pages in a book isn’t reading. They may read a snippet here and there, but merely turning the pages isn’t anything meaningful. The bible is a hugely complex collection of writings — some of which don’t even belong in the same collection. To read them in any meaningful way takes a powerful lot of work.

  • cole3244

    this picture is worth even more than a thousand words.

  • This is the best video I could find – he’s quite good

  • UncleBucky

    None of them read except the Bible. That’s what they say, ain’t it?

  • UncleBucky

    I was going to say, “sweet” too! Yeah, that is the sweetest thing.

    Reminds me of the 1996 Channel Four film, “Beautiful Thing”. It’s in YT.

  • UncleBucky

    That’s in planning!

  • UncleBucky

    I hadn’t seen this. Made me shed a tear. ;)

  • jomicur

    They CAN read?!

  • chrislib

    There is a finite number of possible marriages in the universe. Whenever a gay couple gets married, a straight couple must get divorced. Just ask Newt and Rush about their myriad divorces.

  • Monoceros Forth

    It’s too bad that Bert has a girlfriend (who lives in Canada!)

  • ArthurH

    The ChristoFascists don’t even get “Fetch with Ruff Ruffman”

  • pappyvet

    They read?

  • I’m sure they don’t read it

  • rawshiva

    No Peppermint Patty and Marcy variant cover?

  • Bill_Perdue


  • nicho

    OT, but noteworthy:

    Top 10 ways the Beltway Crowd will treat Gen. Cartwright differently than Snowden

    “It’s not what is done. It is who does it that matters in Washington. Even past closeness to power covers a multitude of sins.”

  • S1AMER

    And, for sure, they couldn’t get most of the New Yorker cartoons!

  • S1AMER

    If just looking at this cover doesn’t bring a happy smile to your face, you’re hopeless as a human being.

  • nicho

    The ChristoFascists will threaten to boycott the New Yorker — despite the fact none of them reads it. After all, it has multi-syllabic words in it.

  • FLL

    That is the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

  • pappyvet

    Love the New Yorker,but I do wonder how much hell they’ll get over that cover.

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