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Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Sesame Street posts video titled “Bert and Ernie Sing the Ding Along Song!” after hubbub over whether they're gay
As Slate points out, "Sesame Street’s latest move in a controversy over whether Bert and Ernie are gay was to passive-aggressively post a music video containing the two characters titled, 'Bert and Ernie Sing the Ding Along Song!' on their YouTube channel." ALSO: Ex-Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman's Queerty interview included insights into how the Muppets covered a myriad of LGBTQ issues.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 2:34PM EDT
Ex-Sesame Street writer says his comments about Bert and Ernie being gay were misinterpreted
Source: The New York Times
Mark Saltzman told Queerty he always saw Bert and Ernie as a "loving couple" inspired by his relationship with his partner Arnold Glassman, who died in 2003. Saltzman says he was trying to say that Bert and Ernie were like his real-life relationship -- opposites who found a way to love each other. “As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work,” he told The New York Times. “Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay,” he added. “There is a difference.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Sesame Street is wrong to say Bert and Ernie can't have a sexual orientation because they're puppets
Sesame Workshop quickly refuted ex-Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman's apparent confirmation to Queerty that Bert and Ernie are gay, saying in a statement: “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.” As Kathryn VanArendonk argues, "this is poppycock," pointing to the Sesame Street characters Mama, Papa, Baby and Curly Bear. "If Muppets don’t have sex, then how does reproduction work? Where would Baby and Curly Bear even come from?" she asks. "Sesame Street Muppets," she adds, "share a universe with Muppet Show Muppets: Kermit has appeared on Sesame Street, Big Bird makes a cameo in The Muppet Movie, and Rowlf appeared in the pilot pitch reel for the Sesame Street series. This makes their shared universe canon. And if the Muppets of Sesame Street cannot have a sexual orientation because they’re puppets, that same argument would have to go for the Muppets of The Muppet Show. Postulating that puppet-ness prevents beings like Elmo or Cookie Monster from having a sexual orientation is one thing. It feels nonthreatening. They’re so sweet and cuddly! But extending that same puppet-ness as a foundational argument for the absent sexuality of characters like Sam the Eagle? Miss Piggy? Pepe the King Prawn? Rowlf?! That borders on insanity."
- Sesame Street bungled the chance to say "Yep, Bert and Ernie are gay. So what?"
- Why are Bert and Ernie without sexual orientation when Miss Piggy is so lustfully sex-crazed for Kermit?
- Frank Oz, the voice of Bert, tweeted: "Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay?"
- Why Oz should realize that it does matter to question whether Bert and Ernie are gay: "When you’re the isolated gay kid in your own desert, why not look to the oasis of Bert and Ernie, not fitting in to the established order in their own way, and ask some questions of them and maybe yourself," says Tim Teeman. "Such questions can be liberating and nourishing."
- "Look: Saltzman affirming the idea of Bert and Ernie being lovers has nothing to do with their sex lives," says Charles Pulliam-Moore, "and everything to do with the fact that theirs is one of the most stable, healthy, and caring relationships in television history—on a show that’s meant for children, no less."
- Bert is still trending on Twitter above Ernie
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Sesame Street responds after ex-writer says Bert and Ernie are a gay couple: They "do not have a sexual orientation"
Mark Saltzman, who began writing for Sesame Street in 1984, said in an interview with Queerty the duo are a reflection of his same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman, joking that he's Ernie while Arnold is Bert. "I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked 'are Bert & Ernie lovers?' And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman told Queerty. "I didn't have any other way to contextualize them." Sesame Workshop responded to the interview via a Twitter statement, saying: "As we have always 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." ALSO: Why is Bert trending higher on Twitter than Ernie?
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
How The Deuce accurately re-created New York City's 1970s "brief golden era" for gay men
To ensure accuracy, the HBO series added writer Carl Capotorto, who played Little Paulie on The Sopranos. Capotorto actually lived New York City's gay life in the 1970s. Capotorto, says David Simon, "steered us away from some of our presumptions and steered us to stuff that we didn’t know about or would’ve gotten wrong." ALSO: Why The Deuce co-creator George Pelecanos hasn't given up writing crime novels.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Supergirl's new trailer previews the first transgender superhero
Source: TV Guide
Here's the first look at transgender actress Nicole Maines as Nia Nal, aka Dreamer.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Grey's Anatomy taps Alex Landi to play the show's first-ever gay male surgeon
The half-Korean, half-Italian actor is joining the ABC medical drama as Dr. Nico Kim.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Adventure Time ends with an explosion of imagination
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"Try to keep it short. Adventure Time always did," says Darren Franich of the Cartoon Network show's series finale. "Two hundred eighty-some episodes across eight-plus years, a near-decade of candy-colored mythbusting musical tragicomedy, Final Fantasy plus H.P Lovecraft times Philip K. Dick divided by Mystery Science Theater 3000 raised to the Charlie Brownth power, but funnier, but sadder, but weirder. And every episode still, what, 11-and-a-half minutes? Less, with an opening credits sequence only a heartless streaming service would ever skip? Sans commercials, Monday’s 'giantsized' final episode clocked 44 minutes, 47 seconds, the precise length of time it takes your average prestige drama to burp. The series finale — variously titled 'The Ultimate Adventure' or 'Come Along With Me' — found time for two epic showdowns, three epic kisses, two musical numbers, one gigantic personification of universal chaos."
- Adventure Time was one of the visual and artistic wonders of the past decade
- Adventure Time succeeded for so long that it outlived its cult status
- Adventure Time revolutionized fantasy cartoons with heart and humor
- The finale was an ending and a beginning to a series whose impact is never going to end
- Executive producer Adam Muto answers series finale burning questions
- Muto was initially concerned queer representation might draw "too much attention"
- Series finale soundtrack will get a vinyl release
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Carson Kressley takes a dig at Netflix's Queer Eye reboot
“I’m thrilled that they’re nominated, but it was a little more groundbreaking back when we won an Emmy in 2004,” Kressley told Variety.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 2:41PM EDT
Champions teen star Josie Totah comes out as transgender
In a Time essay, the 17-year-old Totah, star of the canceled NBC sitcom, writes about being transgender: "This is not something that just happened. This is not a choice that I made. When I was five, long before I understood what the word gender meant, I would always tell my mother that I wished I were a girl. Since I could speak in full sentences, I was like, 'Give me a dress!' I always knew on some level that I was female. But it crystallized about three years ago when I was a 14-year-old watching the show I Am Jazz with my mother." Champions co-creator Mindy Kaling tweeted her support for Totah: "I love you, Josie. I’m so glad you’re able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. You’re also so damn talented - I can’t wait to write for you again!"
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Voltron: Legendary Defender boss apologizes for LGBTQ storyline controversy
An LGBTQ storyline on the recently dropped seventh season of the Netflix animated series has led to a fan backlash, accusing the show of "queerbating." Co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos responded with an apology, writing in an open letter to fans: “I’d like to say that we created this version of Voltron with the intention being as inclusive as possible within the boundaries given."
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Ruby Rose is the victim of a "left-wing harassment campaign" over her Batwoman casting
Source: The Daily Beast
"Shockingly, the predictable backlash to Ruby Rose’s recently announced casting appears to actually be coming from inside the house—from fans who seem to love the idea of an out actress playing Kate Kane, but want more from their trailblazing lesbian superhero," explains Amy Zimmerman of casting the lesbian Rose in the The CW role. She adds: "Recurring sentiments appear to be that Batwoman should be played by a Jewish lesbian, and that the role would have been a great opportunity to elevate new talent. Sample tweets include, 'Ruby is great... But she is not the only queer actress out there' and 'JEWISH LESBIAN CHARACTER SHOULD BE PLAYED BY A JEWISH LESBIAN." Zimmerman points out that users of the #RecastBatwoman hashtag on Twitter have rallied around another actress, Ashley Platz, whose Batwoman audition tape has been widely circulated.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 7:12PM EDT
Ryan Murphy's camp fires back at claim that Pose's transgender cast members aren't allowed to discuss trans issues with media
Source: The Muse
Variety published a transgender roundtable featuring six trans actors, none of whom were from Pose. Included the story was an editor's note that read: “Creator Ryan Murphy would not allow any of the show’s stars to participate, because he doesn’t want them to do press around transgender-related issues.” Asked to respond, FX called the statement inaccurate, and pointed out that Pose's transgender actors have done numerous interviews about the show. Murphy's rep, meanwhile, says the editor's note might have been a "misunderstanding."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Transparent's Trace Lysette: Jeffrey Tambor took a softer hit from the #MeToo movement because his accusers were transgender women
Lysette, the second transgender woman who worked on Transparent to accuse Tambor of sexual harassment, said in a Variety roundtable: “I’m used to people not wanting to believe us and being at the bottom of the totem pole, as you said — being considered overly sexual beings, objectified — I would say, more so than even cis women. Our word doesn’t carry weight the same way, which is why it took him shouting down Jessica Walter to be canceled. That was what it took. Never mind the fact that these things occurred on set with me and others. It was about the incident in that New York Times interview with Arrested Development."
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Morgan Fairchild to star in Mélange LGBTQ TV drama
The half-hour drama, which has no network, will revolve around the fight over a historic New York City gay bar.