‘Sesame Street’: Bert and Ernie aren’t gay
August 12, 2011
The statement came in response to an online campaign to calling for the pair to be married.
“Bert and Ernie are best friends,” the statement reads. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.”
The statement also claims that the characters “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
Many commenters took issue with the claim.
“Muppets do not have sexual orientation?” Sharkey Violet wrote. “So all along Miss Piggy was after Kermit for his frog legs for supper?”
“It just seems to me that you can’t say puppets don’t have a sexual orientation when there have been plenty of cases of hetero courtship on Sesame Street over the years,” Scott Hanson wrote. “The Count has had several girlfriends, to name just one example.”
“I don’t agree with the Bert marrying Ernie part of the petition,” Roy Hans added. “But I do think it would be good to have an LGBT character on Sesame Street. In South Africa they added an HIV-positive character to the [program] to combat ignorance and exclusion.”