Shame on The New Yorker Magazine for trivializing the historic DOMA decision, clearing the way for gay couples to receive federal benefits. Jack Hunter, the artist behind the cover titled, “Moment of Joy” said the following in response to the DOMA decision, “It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. This is great for kids, a moment we can all celebrate.” While the decision is historic, I fail to understand how being great for kids relates to Bert & Ernie. The Sesame Street characters are Muppets; loveable characters that most adults under the age of fifty can remember watching as children. While I certainly can’t speak for everyone, not once in my childhood did I think about whether Bert & Ernie were straight or gay. And the fact that it might matter to anyone, I will go on the record as claiming, he or she, straight or gay needs many years of counseling. Some things should be off-limits like the innocence of children. How dare anyone try to hijack that innocence for notoriety, financial or political gain. Bert & Ernie are simply best Muppet friends, period end of story. Next thing that we’ll hear is that rubber duckie is actually a sex toy. You know, there was a time that Gay meant light-hearted, happy, and carefree. Perhaps that’s the true meaning of what the New Yorker and Jack Hunter meant to Portray?!