All Americans are afraid of further death and destruction wrought
by bin Laden henchmen hiding in our country. But it's not likely that
any Americans previously suspected a pigeon-loving, bottle
cap-collecting, twin bed-sleeping Muppet of being associated with the
man who has called for a jihad against the US.
By now, anyone not living in a cave has heard that Bert from Sesame
Street has appeared on posters carried by bin Laden supporters in
Sesame Workshop producers told CNN they are outraged that their
banana-headed character with the black unibrow has been used in what
they called an unfortunate and distasteful manner. "Sesame Street has
always stood for mutual respect and understanding," they said, adding,
somewhat obviously, "This is not humorous."
The producers said they are exploring legal options to stop the abuse
and any similar ones in the future.
We don't want to stereotype here, but somehow, we suspect bin Laden and
his ilk are not going to be receptive to an American copyright
The creator of the image remains unknown, with the owner of the widely
imitated "Bert is Evil" parody website claiming he had no part in the
Bert and bin Laden image. (He has restricted himself to tasteful images
such as Bert and the KKK, Bert and Hitler, etc.). The owner shut down
the site on October 11, explaining that in light of current events he
deemed the site in bad taste, adding that widespread media attention
could direct children to the site, which he felt would destroy the
character's credibility with children.
Not to mention pigeons.