'Sesame Street' reps decline to comment on New Yorker cover (Photo)
The New Yorker took a bold step with their cover for next week.
The magazine's cover features "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie cuddling and watching the Supreme Court justices on television. This image comes after the Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality this week.
While Sesame Workshop, the production company behind "Sesame Street," has declined to comment to ABC News about the New Yorker cover, the company has addressed Bert and Ernie's sexuality in the past.
After same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011, an online group campaigned for Bert and Ernie to get married. At the time, the company said, "Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves."
"Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most 'Sesame Street' Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation," the statement said.
The magazine's cover was created by an artist named Jack Hunter and the image is titled "Moment of Joy." Hunter initially submitted the image, unsolicited, to a Tumblr blog, according to The New Yorker.
"It's amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime," Hunter said. "This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate."
When asked to comment on the cover to ABC News, the magazine said in a statement, "The New Yorker thinks the cover speaks for itself."