Sesame Street has a new family in the neighborhood.
The longtime children’s series recently introduced its first same-sex couple (other than Bert and Ernie) named Dave (Chris Costa) and Frank (Alex Weisman) along with their daughter, Mia (Olivia Perez).
The family made their first appearance in the latest episode titled, “Family Day.”
The episode was directed by Alan Muraoka, who also plays the owner of Hooper’s Store on the show.
Muraoka shared the news of the important milestone on his Instagram account writing, “Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. I am so honored and humbled to have co-directed this important and milestone episode. Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family. Happy Pride to all!”
Sue O’Connell, copublisher of Bay Windows and a host at NECN, the official media sponsor of Boston Pride, said the discontent has been years in the making.
“The pandemic and the reckoning of our unjust racial past has just claimed the Pride committee because they were unable to actually do the right thing over many, many years,” she said.
Pride celebrations grew out of the June 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York — a violent resistance to police abuse that was led in part by trans women of color. In its later years, critics say, Boston Pride has forgotten its activist mission and become commercialized by corporate sponsors, many of whom don’t share their other social justice concerns.
The long-simmering conflict boiled over last summer, after protests erupted nationwide over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Pride board rejected a statement drafted by its own communications team and issued a watered-down version without consulting its Black Pride subcommittee members. That was the last straw for many activists who felt Pride’s board was not taking their feedback and was out of touch with their concerns.
The Globe goes on to report that 80% of Pride’s volunteers left the organization in protest over that incident.
Sharing that they’ve received dozens of hateful comments, Lee says, “We are shocked this kind of attitude exists in the 21st century. We’re proud of our little family and we have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Lee and Mat aren’t the only ones being attacked, though. There are apparently equal opportunity haters on the job here. The spot drew additional ire for including mixed-race families.
The airline’s latest spot features a gay couple enjoying the culture and nature of the Nordic nation.
From the Iceland Monitor:
“Icelandair’s customers are as diverse as they are many. We think it’s only natural to reflect that in our marketing material and therefore aim for a marketing approach that reaches certain groups and is suitable for certain media,” explains Jón Skafti Kristjánsson, brand manager at Icelandair.
He says this ad is not aimed specifically at queer people. “We just think it’s natural and normal for advertisement to portray diversity. LGBTI+ people enjoy travelling just as much as others, of course. In fact, they might have a slightly higher frequency in traveling than other groups.”
Chobani Yogurt has a new commercial out featuring a very attractive lesbian couple in bed.
I know, I know – cue Franklin Graham and his boycott contingency. Not only homo – but homo in bed!
Graham’s list of companies to avoid is getting long, long, long…
Interestingly, Gawker hated the ad for other reasons; primarily, the product itself. Here’s the rather pointed review:
Bad yogurt company Chobani, whose product is to “Greek yogurt” what fermented urine is to champagne, has stooped to an outrageous, sexy new low in trying to distract the public from the taste of its pasty goo. It is plain as day to see that Chobani, desperate to align itself with any image other than “maker of America’s worst cow-related product,” has plunged directly to the bottom of the barrel, enlisting hot naked lesbians lounging around in their birthday suits in a last-gasp effort to make you, the easily seduced consumer, believe that bad yogurt is “sexy.”
I guess you add another name for the haters to attempt to boycott.
Dove Men+Care has announced a new Father’s Day campaign – “First Fatherhood Moments” – that utilizes video clips of the first moment real dads’ (including a gay couple) realize they will soon be fathers.
Via press release:
Becoming a dad is a transformative experience – we found that 82% of men globally believe that having a child changes the way they think about what it means to be a man – and our new film celebrates the emotional strength 13 real men openly express upon learning they’re going to be a dad for the first time.
Ian and Darryl Colvin: the gay new dads embrace one another as they set eyes on the newborn baby boy they never thought they’d have, for the first time.
From the new campaign for diversity and inclusion at Love Has No Labels:
While the vast majority of Americans consider themselves unprejudiced, many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability.
This may be a significant reason many people in the U.S. report they feel discriminated against. Subconscious prejudice — called “implicit bias” — has profound implications for how we view and interact with others who are different from us. It can hinder a person’s ability to find a job, secure a loan, rent an apartment, or get a fair trial, perpetuating disparities in American society.
The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues. Rethink your bias at lovehasnolabels.com.
The campaign works in cooperation with 8 nonprofits that celebrate diversity. Among them:
You may recall that last year, Honey Maid ran it’s first LGBT inclusive commercial featuring two gay dads raising their infant.
Of course all the haters threw their rants and rage. And life went on beyond the barricades.
At the time Gary Osifchin, senior marketing director at Mondelez which owns Honey Maid had this to say:
“We recognize change is happening every day, from the way in which a family looks today to how a family interacts to the way it is portrayed in media. We at Honey Maid continue to evolve and expand our varieties to provide delicious, wholesome products so they can be a part of everyday moments of connection in a world with changing, evolving family dynamics.”
Well, clearly Honey Maid enjoyed the response they saw from the 2014 round of “This is wholesome,” and so they bring us this new ad introducing “GoBites.”
From Honey Maid: “In our 2015 anthem spot we recognize wholesome modern day families of all types. Because no matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will.”