Wednesday, November 29, 2006

For the record, I think they're brothers

Because my best friend C.S. now lives in California and I am approximately 400 months pregnant, there are very few hours in the day when she and I are simultaneously awake, not working, and not rubbing cream on a stomach (me) or putting away massive amounts of fresh, buttery avocado (her). Therefore, our time on the phone has become more limited.

Last night, she and I spoke on the phone periodically while she sat in traffic (TOLD YOU SO, C.S.) on her way to and from the bank and I ate turkey chili while watching Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. Naturally.

At one point, the topic turned to Bert and Ernie, and the ridiculous late-90's are-they-gay-or-aren't-they controversy.

I thought C.S. made the best point I'd heard on the subject:

"Children don't question the fact that there is a talking, seven-foot-tall bird walking down the street with an enormous, fuzzy brown elephant-type creature, also talking, both of whom routinely interact with humans and other types of animals. Are people really concerned that children will question the sexual lives of the Muppets?"


Anonymous mamatulip said...

She's got a point. I was wondering the other day why my kids (and me, when I was a kid) don't question the characters on Sesame Street more.

I always thought they were cousins.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

I once explained to Madeleine that a gay couple we know that adopted a child were like Bert and Ernie. Since then there have been zero questions about their lifestyle.

But I'm also happy to report that she finds the androgenous and speaking-in-third-person nature of Elmo both disturbing and irritating.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous wordgirl said...

Bert and Ernie just seemed like best friends to me. And if they're lovers as well...then that's even better.

8:08 PM  

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