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(Wired)   Bert image was not hacked says Reuters. Comments from Bert is Evil creator also.   ( divider line
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2001-10-10 04:29:56 PM  
no shiat
2001-10-10 04:30:15 PM  
2001-10-10 04:32:07 PM  
This is just too great. However, I do buy the argument that the other photo item really is a ceremonial sword, not a bottle of whiskey as suggested elsewhere.
2001-10-10 04:35:25 PM  
"Housemate, Ernie". LMAO
2001-10-10 04:37:22 PM  
Apparently Bert got sick of Ernie's Rubber-Ducky-up-the-butt fetish and decided to join al Qaeda. So sad.
2001-10-10 04:45:52 PM  
Now how the HELL would that happen?? Don't they have EDITORS to take care of this stuff?

Jumpin jiggity jesus.
2001-10-10 04:48:53 PM  
So, just what is the Islamic punishment for bad Photoshop?
2001-10-10 04:53:10 PM  
Seriously, the Taliban has been brainwashing children to be little 'brownshirt' warriors. It is possible that the GA saw the opportunity to appeal to the children. They are misusing a beloved, if rather crusty, character from the landmark of children's programming. Even Bert does not deserve that.
2001-10-10 04:53:16 PM  
the bottle of Jsck looks like the handle of a sword in larger pictures I have seen...
2001-10-10 04:53:48 PM  
Do they have any idea how Bert is? I'm not sure that the fervent fundamentalists would be amused at the inclusion of a muppet. Turbans are going to roll over at Al Qaeda.
2001-10-10 04:57:48 PM  
'snuffalupagus' is the invisible terrorist muppet mafia organization / black hand... He is the true secret master behind all this
2001-10-10 05:03:55 PM  
You are meant to believe that, as the one known only as "The Frog" slips quietly away.
2001-10-10 05:04:29 PM  
"freak-humor websites" = Fark?
2001-10-10 05:06:51 PM  
Freak-humor websites minus asinine remarks equals Fark.
2001-10-10 05:23:48 PM  
Doesn't the taleban chop off heads for surfing the web? I do seem to recall something like that.
2001-10-10 05:28:53 PM  
"a shrine to the gourd-like Sesame Street character"

Ok, show of hands, how many of you ever thought that Bert was "gourd-like" prior to reading this article?

Who talks like that??
2001-10-10 05:34:54 PM  
Right on, Matchstick.

For some reason I found it rather funny that they described him as "maize-colored". Nobody says that, either.
2001-10-10 05:43:52 PM  
that's just bizarre.
2001-10-10 05:46:41 PM  
Fox News also has a humorous article about the situation on their front page:,2933,36218,00.html
2001-10-10 05:48:47 PM  
I don't get it, it's obviously photoshopped, am I the only one that sees it for real? Look at the light on Bert's face and compare it to the light on bin laden's face. Plus bin laden's right shoulder is a little squared off, as if it was cut at the edge of the original frame.
2001-10-10 05:48:55 PM  
This is too rich.

Get ready to clean out you inboxes of "Bert with Bin Laden" forwards.
2001-10-10 05:56:25 PM  
Fox calls Bert "banana-shaped."
2001-10-10 05:58:28 PM  
Slacker, the original image was photoshopped to add burt in it. The Burt/Bin Laden picture has been around a little while, and apparently was used for the collage.
2001-10-10 05:59:02 PM  
I always thought Osama looked a little like Big Bird. Coincidence?
2001-10-10 05:59:12 PM  
Just a thought. Why is the poster, the word "Usama" in English. SInce it is a Muslim/Arab rally, shouldn't it be using THEIR language characters?
2001-10-10 06:06:39 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
You must fight the urge people. You don't have to Forward anything. You don't have to annoy your friends. This doesn't need to circulate. It can be stopped.
2001-10-10 06:08:57 PM  
Osama's OTHER right shoulder, dude.
2001-10-10 06:10:44 PM  
Wow, Bert really IS evil. I thought that whole "Bert is evil" website that's been around for years was just a joke. It really was true. :-)
2001-10-10 06:21:59 PM  
A thoroughgoing logician would assume that this is a deliberate act,
no matter how unlikely or paranoid that seems.
Is bin Laden trying to appeal to the children of his country?
Is he trying to appeal to the children of the United States?
Is he trying to get us to underestimate him?
Did he actually have an affinity for "Sesame Street" when he was a child?
2001-10-10 06:23:14 PM  
Housemate? I thought Ernie was his "partner"? hmmmmm.
2001-10-10 06:44:33 PM  
Madcow: The Children's Television Workshop actually put out a press release about 8 years ago on that very topic. Part of it read:

"Bert and Ernie, who've been on Sesame Street for 25 years, do not portray a gay couple, and there are no plans for them to do so in the future. They are puppets, not humans. Like all the Muppets created for Sesame Street, they were designed to help educate preschoolers. Bert and Ernie are characters who help demonstrate to children that despite their differences, they can be good friends." other words, they're still in the closet. ;-)
2001-10-10 06:48:56 PM  
From the Fox article:
"Sesame Street has always stood for mutual respect and understanding," a spokeswoman said. "We're outraged that our characters would be used in this unfortunate and distasteful manner. This is not at all humorous.The people responsible for this should be ashamed of themselves. We are exploring all legal options to stop this abuse and any similar abuses in the future."

Ok what are they going to do? Sue Osama?
2001-10-10 07:00:53 PM  
What is the possibility that any of these turds even know about good 'ol Ernie. Sure he maybe a little uptight he may even need to get laid. If you lived in a house with a roomate that still plays with rubber duckies for the past 33 years you would be a little on edge.
2001-10-10 07:21:25 PM  
Things have definitely taken a turn for the surreal
2001-10-10 07:24:12 PM  
She aint talkin about suing Osama. Shes talking about suing "Bert Is Evil"
2001-10-10 07:24:46 PM  
Actually it was all part of an earlier CIA plot started three years ago in order to make Bert only appear to be evil.
The Bert is Evil website was a major part of this plan. The hopes were to have Bert become a trusted aid of Bin Laden and assasinate him after all of his conspirators were identified. Sadly PBS was so short of funding that Bert had to be called back in order to boost ratings after Elmo's fall from grace (ya think he would have learned from Pee Wee's mistake).
If more of you would have called in and pledged to your local PBS stations while you were watching the TeleTubies, Bert may have completed his mission. Please support your local PBS station.
2001-10-10 07:46:14 PM  
Thanks Jefftmbg, I guess I missed the point of the article when I read it.
2001-10-10 07:47:33 PM  
2001-10-10 08:08:28 PM  
I wonder how you say 'what the fark is that?' in Afghani.
2001-10-10 08:19:03 PM  
"a shrine to the gourd-like Sesame Street character"
Holy shiat!

also, I thought Ernie and Bert were to try to make us be friends despite their differences IN RACE.
Has anybody thought the same thing?
Also, anybody think Grover is effeminate?
2001-10-10 09:01:15 PM  
How do you hack a picture?
2001-10-10 10:06:00 PM  
"Ok what are they going to do? Sue Osama?"

No, precisely because they can't, they'll belatedly sue the poor guy behind the "Burt is evil" site - even though he had nothing to do with this particular incarnation of Evil Burt(TM).
2001-10-10 10:33:47 PM  
If Childrens Television Workshop sues the Bert is Evil guy, I am withdrawing my financial support of my local public television and radio stations. So there. But what about the comment that Bert and Ernie represent racial unity? Bert, being yellow, would be Oriental, while Ernie's red tint would evidently represent Native Americans, or the unPC term, Indians. Or is Ernie really black? Or is he a sunburned white. This is all too confusing.
2001-10-10 10:47:58 PM  
hmm... I'm not sure what races they are supposed to be, Spaghettiows. If the colors of the puppets were supposed to help show some sort of racial unity, I am really curious about the Count.
2001-10-10 10:58:11 PM  
Take a look at other terrorist press releases.

The picture of bert was no doubt supposed to be there.

It was a message to terrorist connections around the world.

I am scared.
2001-10-10 11:00:17 PM  
Oh by the way - race is a cultural construction and since Bert and Ernie spend a severely limited time outside their culture (Sesame Street) and have no tracable ancestors it is safe to assume that they are both the same "Race".
2001-10-10 11:10:17 PM  
This proves that Osama's followers don't know their asses from the holes in the ground we just blew open.
2001-10-10 11:11:59 PM  
Nahh.. No one mines for news. Couldn't happen.

2001-10-10 11:12:29 PM  
So would "felt-skinned" also be considered
a racial slur of sorts?
2001-10-10 11:15:33 PM  
(As Fox News refers to him)
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