Israeli gay rights debate
JERUSALEM —The goal was merelyto promote clean energy in Israel —but television ads starring a pair of male puppets called "plug" and "sock-et" have instead unleashed a debateabout gay pride.The puppets, named Sheka and Tekain Hebrew, have appeared in ads for thestate-owned Israel Electric Corp. formore than a decade. Israelis have longplayfully questioned whether theymight be gay. But the arrival of a babypuppet in the new campaign set off fresh speculation about their sexualorientation.The ads highlight a striking paradoxof the Holy Land: Although religionholds great sway and there is no civilmarriage, gays have gained a wide-spread acceptance that is increasinglynoted around the world. Gay activistsdemand the ad characters, who have aclose but ambiguous relationship,ofﬁcially come out of the closet.Some gay rights advocates accusethe company of being intentionallyambiguous about their sexuality in acynical publicity ploy."This should weigh on the con-science of everyone who worked onthis campaign, who will come homeand ask themselves whether theywould want to raise a child in a countrywhere the electric company says: `Hide, don't be proud,'" wrote Dvir Barin nightlife magazine City Mouse.Sheka and Teka have drawn compar-isons with another famous puppetpair: Bert and Ernie, whose sexualityalso has come into question in popculture. Sesame Workshop, which pro-duces "Sesame Street," has declaredthat the two are just good friends andthey "remain puppets, and do not havea sexual orientation."In their latest ad, Sheka and Teka areseen in a living room, talking to apinkish baby puppet with a tuft of orange hair. The scene then ﬂashesback to a hospital nursery, where thebaby is sucking on a paciﬁer and Tekacongratulates Sheka on the birth of his child. It's unclear who the motheris.Later in the ad, the duo sits on a parkbench with the child. They breathe inthe fresh air the electricity companysuggests is made possible by cleanerenergy production. Teka sniffs andsuggests that the baby needs a diaperchange.Other ads have seen the two on ashaded paddle boat in the Dead Sea,driving a red convertible in crispblack suits and sunglasses, and loung-ing on the couch in their pajamas.They have also been seen sharing aroom with single beds. Many of theads are public service announcements,warning children about the dangers of climbing electricity towers or gettingtoo close to space heaters.The Israel Electric Corp. says it doesnot understand the fuss over the cam-paign. It says the puppets, who havebeen on the air since 2002, are merelydelivering the company's messages."They represent the concernedIsraeli, who is really worried about theair quality he is breathing and theenvironment he lives in. The babythat was born now represents the nextgeneration," said Oren Helman, a sen-ior vice president who is behind thecommercial. "There are no hints orambiguities here."Although sections of Israeli society— especially ultra-Orthodox Jews andArabs — remain conservative andoften deeply opposed to homosexuali-ty, Israel is seen as one of the world'smost progressive countries in terms of gay rights.Gays serve openly in Israel's mili-tary and parliament, and the SupremeCourt has granted gays a variety of family rights such as inheritance andsurvivors' beneﬁts. Gays, lesbians andeven a transsexual are among thecountry's most popular musicians andactors.Ofﬁcially, there is no gay marriagein Israel, primarily because there is nocivil marriage. All weddings must becarried out through the Jewish rab-binate, which considers homosexuali-ty a sin and a violation of Jewish law.But the state recognizes same-sex cou-ples who marry abroad, although theyare not granted all the rights extendedto heterosexual married couples.
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