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The middle of the street

Culture | Sesame Street tries to keep Bert and Ernie out of the culture wars
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/21/18, 03:26 pm

Sesame Street producers tried to set the record straight this week, asserting that puppet characters Bert and Ernie are not a gay couple. For generations, smirking teens have suggested that the roommates were more than friends, and former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman seemed to confirm it in an interview posted Sunday on the website Queerty. He said he always imagined Bert and Ernie as a romantically involved couple when he was writing scenes for them.

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The fruits of labor

Culture | Former Cosby actor shows there’s no shame in hard work
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/14/18, 03:17 pm

In the span of two weeks, Geoffrey Owens went from being a B-list actor working at a grocery store to a champion for working people. Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, son-in-law to the Heathcliff Huxtable character played by Bill Cosby, on The Cosby Show from 1985 to 1992. Fast forward 16 years, and he was working at a Trader Joe’s in Clifton, N.J., when a customer recognized him, snapped a photo, and posted it online, mocking Owens. The Daily Mail and Fox News picked up on the story, spreading it far and wide.

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Thinking through Nike and Kaepernick

Culture | Profits are driving Nike, but what should drive our response? 
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/07/18, 03:33 pm

As the NFL season begins this weekend, Nike has thrown gasoline on the heated debate over athletes’ national anthem protests with an ad campaign starring Colin Kaepernick.

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