Bert and Ernie Come out for Prop 8/DOMA Ruling

new yorker bert and ernie coverDOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is gone and Prop 8 was re-passed in California.

I’m going to wait to celebrate until gay marriage is legal for over a year in Cali and for my gay friends to have equal rights in more than just a handful of states.

Personal pessimism aside, people are rightly excited.

San Francisco’s City Hall was lit up to look like a rainbow xylophone, Pajiba and other websites showed us millions of gifs and pictures of iconic gay couples kissing, and The New Yorker, well, they made Bert and Ernie more than just friends…

The cover, featuring the two puppets snuggling like the lifelong lovers we always thought they were, is in no way associated with or approved by the folks over at Sesame Street, who have always maintained that B & E are platonic buddies like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The image, “Moment of Joy” by Jack Hunter, is said to have originated on Tumblr years ago. Thoughts?

Kevin Clash (Elmo) Resigns After New Allegations Surface

Voice of Elmo Kevin Clash resigned from Sesame Street duties on Tuesday after a second man came forward with a story about having a sexual relationship with Clash as a minor.

30-something Cecil Singleton (15 at the time), mentioned  “groping,” “masturbation,” and “dry-humping,” saying Clash has a habit of meeting underage boys in telephone chat rooms. This just after first accuser Sheldon Stephens said he originally retracted his story and accepted a $125,000 settlement because he felt “pressured.” Statement from Kevin via The Hollywood Reporter:  Continue reading “Kevin Clash (Elmo) Resigns After New Allegations Surface”

Sesame Street Tainted – Voice Of Elmo Accused Of Sex With 16-Year-Old Boy

I’ll so never look at that little red googly-eyed puppet the same way again…

Kevin Clash, the famous voice of Elmo and star of the documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journeyis being accused of sleeping with an underage boy.

Clash has taken a leave of absence, admitting that there was a relationship but insisting that it didn’t begin until after the man (now 23) turned 18, and NOT when he was 45 and the victim was 16. Lawyers for Sesame Street believed there was not enough evidence to support the claims, which originally surfaced in June.

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Mitt Romney Discusses Important Issues At The Debates, Like Big Bird

The presidential debates kicked off yesterday night and a surprising amount of Democrats (and Republicans of course) agreed that Obama appeared sleepy and disconnected. In the words of Roger Ebert, “Romney won on style and performance, Obama won on facts.”

Romney is quite the misguided charmer. During the most viral/meme friendly moment, he said:

“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS, I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually, [I] like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”  Continue reading “Mitt Romney Discusses Important Issues At The Debates, Like Big Bird”