By David Vandygriff
Sesame Street has a special message for you this Pride Month. And it just so happens to be the same message the show has been openly pushing since 1969 – the same year as the Stonewall riots. Some of the most beloved characters on TV gathered for an open celebration of the LGBT community, forming a rainbow.
The thing we like most about the characters/muppets is that we never were under pressure to assign genders to any of them.
As pointed out by NewNowNext, there was a backlash from ultra-conservative publication Lifesite, and some of the comments underneath the photo were hateful.
The anti-LGBT, anti-abortion publication said the photo and message “abandon any notion of childhood innocence while simultaneously promoting the politicization and sexualization of kids.” The article asked: “Do they also need to take sides in a political war in which they have no chance of understanding until they are much, much older?”
But the show’s glorious impact on popular culture is too widespread to row it back now. One prominent example of this influence was when The New Yorker used Bert and Ernie to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act.