Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"Not that anything is wrong with it"

Are they? Arent they? that is the question....

So Sesame Street turns 40 today and one of the lingering questions that this long time fan has to explore is the reality in the relationship between Ernie & Bert..

I've recounted the stories about the infamous "Ernie and Bert are gay" rumor probably more times than Count Von Count can count. But with "Sesame Street" celebrating its 40th anniversary on Tuesday, I'm going to take it as an opportunity to rehash that same silly rumor one more time.

Bongarts/Getty ImagesOf course, the sexuality of other cartoon characters has come into question over the years. Anti-gay groups have accused SpongeBob SquarePants and Tinky Winky of the "Teletubbies" of harboring a homosexual agenda, even while most people with half a brain were saying, "They're just children's characters." Bert and Ernie's lifestyle choices, however, didn't help matters. They share a room, and a bedroom, if not a bed. They bicker like husband and wife. They frequently break out in song. One has a curious obsession with his rubber ducky.From the very first "Sesame Street" episode, Ernie can be seen taking a bath with Bert in the room -- and that makes a lot of guys uncomfortable.
'They Don't Exist Below the Waist'The controversy hit a fever pitch in 1994, when the Rev. Joseph Chambers called for the characters to be banned."They share clothes, eat and cook together and have blatantly effeminate characteristics. In one show Bert teaches Ernie how to sew. In another they tend plants together," the Southern evangelist said on his radio show. "If this isn't meant to represent a homosexual union, I can't imagine what it's supposed to represent."
At one point, the Children's Television Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind "Sesame Street," even issued a denial."Bert and Ernie, who've been on Sesame Street for 25 years, do not portray a gay couple, and there are no plans for them to do so in the future. They are puppets, not humans," the organization said in a statement. "Like all the Muppets created for 'Sesame Street,' they were designed to help educate preschoolers. Bert and Ernie are characters who help demonstrate to children that despite their differences, they can be good friends."Years later, Gary Knell, president of Children's Television Workshop successor Sesame Workshop, would say, "They are not gay. They are not straight. ... They don't exist below the waist."

Better yet as far as politically correct is concerned whateva happened to the first rappin Brotha Muppet Roosevelt Franklin:? Mr inner city hippster, and why didnt he have a Nose is that a deliberate fraupah???? You tell me...

Monday, November 2, 2009

These characters are not the untouchables:

The Magic city has long has been a city wrapped up in politics and corruption, and some may even contend that the city was built upon it. Well in what is slowly becoming the second coming, the equilibrium I will call it from the recorrection in the Stock Market, to the current Real Estate Crash, to the medicare scandals plaguing our community right down to the average daily scams it seems that more and more of those who thought theat they were intouchable are now finding themselves in lets just say legal predicaments that not only jeopardize their own livelihoods, but brings into further question how we "society" are just so naive as to let it happen.

Its like an old Christmas Carol we soon will be singing but with substituted names instead of reindeer....Now you remember The Dauds, The Pauls, the Kraemers, the medicare brothers who thought they were saviors....Art Steele and his handgun at the herald, and now add to the list a prominent attorney in Ft. laundrydale who has definately done his fair share of washing and now Miami's own Cap't Lew, Lew Freeman that is who's forensic accounting firm has single handedly been the receiver of countless government repos as well as managed hundreds of millions of assets for the state. Oh the irony, oh the guilt..it wasnt me it wasnt me??? can you say too bad soo sad...In a world where the chosen already feel special, here we show you just how "special" they actually are, and it couldn't have happened to a better bunch of characters. I just hope Charlie has the beds available for them to spend some time in and I am not talking about a private room at one of the distressed properties around town I am talking TGK-as these boys are gonna look good in orange-or is it blue I dont remember....either way better hope they like the cold as they are gonna get exactly what they deserve and it aint a dinner anytime soon at Casa casurina....