The New Yorker's latest cover is causing a stir.
The cover focuses on the Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings this week and features a photo that suggests a romantic relationship between Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie.
The sexual orientation of the puppets has long been a subject of debate and fodder for comedians. Sesame Workshop in 2011 even clarified that the two "do not have a sexual orientation."
Sesame Workshop didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the New Yorker cover.
The image was submitted unsolicited by Jack Hunter, an independent artist, to Tumblr, according to the New Yorker. Once the magazine used Hunter's creation as its cover, it blew up on social media.
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) June 28, 2013
Ernie and Bert are supposed to be six years old, I read once. (Big Bird is 4.)
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 28, 2013
— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) June 28, 2013
.@GoogieBaba Nothing clever, witty, or fresh about it. Trite Bert & Ernie gay joke + trite happy-watching-news motif.
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) June 28, 2013
Maybe Bert and Ernie just love civil rights.
— Ernie Luckman (@ErnieLies) June 28, 2013
— Trace Gilton (@tracegilton) June 28, 2013
— Allison (@Allisomething) June 28, 2013
Oh come on now, Bert & Ernie are NOT GAY! Can't two dudes just be roommates anymore? Stupid New Yorker magazine.
— Marilyn P Sushi (@pulpsushi) June 28, 2013