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Sesame Street Responds to Marriage Petition: Ernie and Bert are Not Gay, They Are Best Friends

Bert_Ernie The Sesame Workshop has responded to an online petition urging them to marry Ernie and Bert:

Bert and Ernie are best friends.  They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.
 
Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.

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Petition Urges Marriage for Sesame Street's Ernie and Bert [tr]

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  1. So, how do they explain the obviously straight orientation of Miss Piggy and Kermit? Aren't they puppets too?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 11, 2011 8:50:10 PM


  2. I prefer to think of bert as the yellow puppet and Ernie as the orange puppet --- does that make me a colorist?

    Posted by: David B. | Aug 11, 2011 8:59:26 PM


  3. Let them marry - GOD DAMMIT!!!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Aug 11, 2011 10:26:53 PM


  4. They could have just left it at 'they are just friends.' Saying that their puppets don't have sexual orientation is utterly absurd. I'm 100% positive that if I go back into the history of Sesame Street, there will be examples of puppets on the show that were married or even puppets who had 'crushes.' Hell, for decades, Kermit was on the show -- and he certainly had a sexual orientation.

    I can understand that Sesame Street wouldn't want to "change" characters that have been around for longer than many of us have been alive (including me), but I fundamentally disagree with the notion that Sesame Street shouldn't tackle relationships. Sesame Street used to be a forward-thinking show that strove to further tolerance across society. There were white people, black people and puppets of all kinds, and it was important for children to see and understand that.

    It's equally important for children to understand that there are single parents, 'traditional' married families, and gay or lesbian families, too. No, Sesame Street doesn't have to be teaching a sex ed class, but they do need to strive to increase tolerance about our different kinds of families. Having a gay and/or lesbian puppet-couple on the show would be a huge boon to children today, and would be very much in tune with Sesame Street of the past.

    To be honest, I'm not so sure that Ernie and Bert weren't once supposed to be that couple, in a day and age when the original creators figured they couldn't get away with naming it on TV. Maybe that's the case, maybe it isn't, but showing a few puppets who were lesbian or gay out at dinner or talking with someone on the street about some kind of rather mundane problem, as they often do, would be a great influence on children and be much applauded by society as a whole (though, obviously not the wingers -- and unfortunately, organizations are always more afraid of hate mail from the rabid rightwing than pleasing the majority of us tolerance-seeking people).

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 11, 2011 11:31:38 PM


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  8. All of the puppets on Sesame Street were designed, and their characters developed, to teach certain lessons. Sometimes their characters include romance (Miss Piggy loves Kermit), and sometimes they don't (Grover, Big Bird). There are also Sesame Street muppets and Muppet Show/Muppet Movie muppets, and there are big differences in their characters. I've seen SS muppets cross over into the movies, but not the other way around, because the Show and Movie muppets seem to have more mature characters which are less appropriate for preschoolers.

    CTW was not wrong in what they said - maybe just not crystal clear. I accept that Bert and Ernie were created to teach friendship, and therefore were not assigned any sexuality, since that was not their purpose.

    Posted by: Rich | Aug 12, 2011 9:32:07 AM


  9. one day Sesame Street will have LGBT characters - whether they're human or Muppet, they'll be on the show.

    The show has ALWAYS pushed a progressive social agenda - the HIV positive Muppet "Kami" in the South African edition, and the sheer fact that the show has always been promoting racial equality, especially in a time when America was forced to Integrate.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 12, 2011 9:43:09 AM


  10. Actually you guys are all wrong. The muppets are a unique form of story, They are fully aware of their inanimate existence. That being the case they form bonds that are meaningless. So nobody gives birth, words like "mom" are just names to muppets.

    A little deep and I am not citing the episodes where they break the 4th wall and confirm my hypothesis, but, hey, it's a bunch o muppets.

    (Also all Sesame Street puppets are muppets.)

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 12, 2011 10:14:42 AM


  11. Total BS. They should have just ignored this. As the first commenter pointed out, Miss Piggy very very clearly has a sexual orientation. While I think a petition to get the creators to marry Bert and Ernie is ridiculous at best, you can't just come out with a response like that and expect people to be satisfied with it. Better to have just kept quite about the whole thing.

    Posted by: Matthew | Aug 12, 2011 5:21:02 PM


  12. I'm sick of gay faggots wanting everyone to be gay.

    Posted by: carlos | Aug 13, 2011 5:21:55 PM


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