The cover of next week's New Yorker
features Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie snuggling on
a sofa in front of a black-and-white television displaying an image
of the nine Supreme Court justices seated in front of a rainbow flag.
The cover, drawn by Jack Hunter and
titled “Moment of Joy,” has been declared the “cutest thing
ever” and a “terrible way to commemorate a major civil rights
“Next week's New Yorker Magazine
cover may be the cutest thing ever,” tweeted Freedom To Marry, the
nation's largest group dedicated to increasing the availability of
civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
While Slate's June Thomas agreed that
the cover was “cute,” she disagreed with its message.
“It's a terrible way to commemorate a
major civil-rights victory for gay and lesbian couples.”
“You see,” Thomas
explained, “Bert and Ernie aren't lovers.”
“Bert and Ernie clearly love each
other. But does Ernie suck Bert's cock? I don't think so.”
Atlantic Wire took a middle of the road approach, calling the
cover “sweet if you don't overthink it.”