Whatever you do, do NOT suggest the iconic stars of Sesame Street, Bert and Ernie have STDs because you will be shut down immediately!
A new advert for Mately, a New York City based company who offer discreet testing for STDs and HIV, has used the puppet pals in their latest campaign, and Bert and Ernie's owners are not happy about it at all because they didn't get permission to use the characters.
The cheeky ad shows Bert and Ernie looking over their test results with Bert saying "See Ernie, you've got nothing to worry about everything is positive!"
A spokesperson for Sesame Workshop has told TMZ that;
"The Mately ad is an unauthorized, unlicensed use of our characters. We will be contacting Mately and the appropriate parties with a cease and desist letter instructing them to take this down."
The image has now disappeared from the website, but the startup company must be over the moon with the attention their latest marketing campaign has attracted—mission accomplished!
Mately is a subscription service offering users the ability to send in samples they've taken at home for analysis. The results are accessed online and can be shared with prospective partners on online dating services like Tinder and Grindr. They were hoping to raise $500,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, and with their profile raised as a result of illegally using Bert and Ernie's images, they should be well on the way to their goal.
Poor old Bert and Ernie's sexuality has been under scrutiny for years. The private lives of the puppets have their own Wikia page and they have appeared on at least one gay wedding cake. The pair were also featured on the cover of the New Yorker in 2013 after the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act in California.
The makers of Sesame Street have tried to play down the speculation saying;
"They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don't exist below the waist."
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
We know Ellis Ross is fun and has an offbeat style, but her hairstyle felt like a caricature, and one that was completely unnecessary because there are Black women who have the kind of hair she seemed to be trying to mimic.
Black hair is political.
It is still a radical act for Black people to wear our hair just as it grows out of our heads.
Just as Black people are diverse, Black hair is inclusive of a broad range of colors, textures, density, and porosity. Terms like 3B and 4C are commonly used to describe hair types. While some people still think of hair types as a grading scheme, much like the debate about having "good hair," we are learning more about how hair types have specific care needs. As we grow deeper in love with ourselves and our hair, Black people are looking for the best products on the market and are committed to supporting Black businesses.
When Tracee Ellis Ross announced the launch of Pattern Beauty, there was a lot of buzz and excitement. A Black woman we love and whose hair has always been an unapologetically overwhelming feature was going to respond to Black hair care needs. Sign us up! Now, however, with her Elle magazine cover, some Black women are wondering if Ross is taking up too much of the Black hair space.