Sesame Street has asked the Obama campaign to pull its new ‘Big Bird’ ad.
Miss Piggy, on her relationship with Kermit, in an interview with The Daily Beast’s Ramin Setoodeh. She also dishes on those gay — er, wait, best friend — cousins of hers, Bert and Ernie. Miss Piggy will return to the big screen tomorrow after a 12 year hiatus.
We lost Gordon. Can you help us find him? (Seriously.)
Here’s the story, and we’re collecting info on our website, too.
Sesame Street’s debuted 42 years ago today. But like most other TV shows, we had a test pilot. We created it in the summer of 1969, just a few months before the first episode aired. The actor who played Gordon on the show, pictured on the above-linked page (or if you that page goes down, here’s an imgur link, was replaced by an actor named Matt Robinson (who, by the way, is Holly Robinson Peete’s father).
Two years ago, we put together a huge anthology of our then-40 year history… and realized that we do not know who played Gordon in the test pilot. We’ve asked everyone we could think of — actors, actresses, and puppeteers who have been on the show since its inception; Sesame Workshop’s founder, Joan Ganz Cooney; and of course, dug through seemingly endless boxes of documents and photos.
Any clue would be great, even if it’s seemingly esoteric or mundane. You can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any clues.
Oh, and one other thing: Here’s a clip of our mystery Gordon from that test pilot, above. And yes, Bert and Ernie look a little different than they do nowadays, but then again, Oscar used to be orange.
Sesame Street needs the internet’s help.
This is incredibly interesting. Help find him!
Newsweek wishes it lived on Sesame Street in the 1970’s. Everybody…dance.
Cutest thing ever. Also: gotta love those NY accents. “What does a compuwtah do?”
Occupy Sesame Street! Breaking photos from Tauntr.com
Bert and Ernie just friends? Really?
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.
Bert could not be reached for comment.
IT’S SESAME STREET LIP-SYNCING TO THE BEASTIE BOYS.
Joey Mazzarino, the head writer of Sesame Street, on his young Ethiopian daughter’s relationship with her hair. Mazzarino is the man behind the “I Love My Hair" song, in which a little Muppet with an afro sings a love song to her hair. He tells NPR he wanted to say in song what he says to his daughter: “Your hair is great. You can put it in ponytails. You can put it in cornrows. I wish I had hair like you.”
Bert and Ernie, in a cozy, nighttime scene, discover the annoyances of eating cookies in bed. Despite “Sesame Street” producers’ assurances that they’re not promoting a same-sex agenda, critics have complained for years about Bert and Ernie, and their sexual ambiguity.
In 2002, one of the muppets on “Sesame Street” had AIDS, and in 2005, Cookie Monster’s unhealthy diet came under fire for promoting childhood obesity.
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