Should Bert & Ernie Get Married? Online Petition Thinks So [UPDATE]

Says it could help "teach tolerance of those that are different"

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UPDATE: Sesame Street responds to the online petition.

Bert & Ernie, America’s beloved puppet best friends, have been around for decades. And for much of that time, some have speculated that the Sesame Street duo represent a gay couple.

So, here’s the evidence that leads some to this conclusion: Bert & Ernie are two men, living together for an extended period of time. Although they sleep in separate beds, they sleep in the same room – kind of a Lucy/Ricky scenario. Many point to specific mannerisms that might give away a specific sexual orientation, but their existence is subject to debate.

And they love each other. Deniers say that it is a best friend type of camaraderie, supporters of the gay-couple belief would say that the characters “conduct themselves in the same loving, discreet way that millions of gay men, women and hand puppets do.”

And then you have these kinds of things that make it seems like Sesame Street has been hinting at something for a long time now –

While gay marriage supporters have, for quite some time, used the example of Bert & Ernie as a couple as a sort of rally cry for their cause, one online petition thinks that allowing Bert & Ernie to finally marry would be a great thing for LGBT rights.

Hosted on the popular change.org online activism platform, the petition “Let Bert & Ernie Get Married on Sesame Street” was started by one woman and now has over 1,100 signatures. it was started exactly one week ago today.

Here’s what the petition letter says:

In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful. Only that they allow Bert & Ernie to marry or even add a transgender character to the show. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives

The cause has also launched a Facebook page.

The Sesame Workshop has denied that Bert & Ernie were created as a gay couple, saying that “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.”

The rumor gained steam in 2010 when the official Sesame Street Twitter account (which posts messages from its characters) said this, speaking as Bert:

Ever notice how similar my hair is to Mr. T’s? The only difference is mine is a little more ‘mo,’ a little less ‘hawk.’

Some said that the “mo” was a clear reference to “homosexual.” Are the makers of Sesame Street giving sly hints about Bert & Ernie via Twitter? Here are some recent tweets, you decide –

Bert: Ernie says he has a great joke about peanut butter but he won’t tell me. Says he doesn’t want to spread it around. (OHH I get it now.) 15 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Ernie: No I didn’t, Bert – they were MY feet. Heeheehee! 161 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto

What do you think? Could a Bert & Ernie marriage help teach equality and tolerance? Let us know in the comments.

Should Bert & Ernie Get Married? Online Petition Thinks So [UPDATE]
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  • Peter123

    Seriously? This is a kids program!! Why does everyone have to keep pushing an agenda?

    • Adsense Publisher

      I think the creators of Sesame Street need to wake up to the fact that we’re not living in the 60’s anymore, and “Gay” doesn’t mean “Happy” even if the dictionary says it still does. So they need to give Bert his own room, and Ernie his own room. Who lives in a 1 bedroom apartment with a “friend” anymore? Hey, just because you live with a friend of the same sex doesn’t make you gay, but when you sleep in the same room and take bath’s together, you have to admit it does seem like Bert & Ernie are in the closet.

  • zadoc

    I am all for gay rights, but I don’t think that Bert and Ernie are gay. They’re friends. It’s possible to have a friend without wanting to have sex with them.
    POLL: Should Bert and Ernie get married on ‘Sesame Street’?
    Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/1661460

    • james richmond

      you agree or disagree! get off the fence

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    Do children of the age of Bert and Ernie’s audience really understand sexuality and gender preference?

  • Natasha

    It’s a children show really the platform for discussion on sexuality and sexual orientation? I think not, let’s stick to abc and 123 please.

    • Nate

      Exactly, I’m sick and tired of today’s society always trying to push their agenda, even on something that is as innocent as a kids show.

  • http://blabberbox.blog.com/ Blogger

    I think this is ridiculous. Wanting two muppets who are basically children to get married just to teach tolerance is wrong. That’s the parents’ job.

  • Tony

    The GLBTQ Community is trying to change the public image of something being “wrong” with them and their equality.. The idea behind having this information available to kids is because far too many adults teach them that ‘other’ people are not ok. We aren’t at all trying to present any stereotypical “sexualized” ideas, but that any 2 people who love each other should be able to get married. Kids in their innocence would agree with this & be happy that B/E were allowed. They might question why this wouldn’t be, and it would be up to their role models to present it properly, which will take some change of thinking & even laws (our goal). Beyond this, kids would never put any ‘perverted’ or even romanticized spin on it unless their models do. We’re trying to get it across that that’s wrong to do. Hopefully in time this can help toward reduction of suicide rates as well.
    A potential conversation with misunderstanding parents might go as follows:
    Mom/Dad, Sesame Street’s having a wedding.
    Bert & Ernie.
    They shouldn’t do that.
    It’s wrong.
    Why, if they love each other?
    It just is.
    Says who?
    Me and the government and churches.
    You and Mom love each other and you’e married.
    That’s different.
    It’s for 1 man & 1 woman.
    Who says?
    The Bible.
    No it doesn’t.
    Our preacher does.
    My friends from other religions don’t say that either.
    It’s the law anyway.
    I think the law needs changed….
    ((Kids are pretty bright that way)).

    • james richmond

      sory, the bible does say one man one women. read the book.

  • dot

    Are you kidding me? They are freeking children charaters. What is wrong with adults trying to make childrens shows into adult themes, why not show Bert and Ernie blowing each other too. Why can’t the adults of the world just enjoy the innocents of Sesame Street with our kids?

  • dotmacis

    Leave Bert and Ernie alone. They’re best friends, who happen to live with each other, nothing more than that. Why do people automatically think that they’re gay, because of that?? I’m a woman, and have lived with my best friend Lisa for nearly 16 years. Recently we had a third roommate (our other best friend Michelle). She lived with us for over 15 years until her death in May. Lisa and I sleep in separate beds, in the same bedroom. We live in a two-bedroom apartment and keep the other bedroom as a recreation room. Does that make us lesbians?? I think not!!!!

  • Yeshua

    Good to see that everyone is against this madness. You wanna choose the lifestyle of homosexuality then so be it, but don’t make me approve your decision…I don’t come to you asking for approval to be a heterosexual.

    Perhaps that’s b/c heterosexuality is natural…if we were all homosexual the human race would die out, on the simple biological side homosexuality can’t be “Natural” (within the human nature).

    I digress, I do not dislike homosexuals, definitely don’t agree with the lifestyle, but everyone is a sinner in need of salvation. Trying to push homosexual right through a child’s program is insane.

  • Audrey Drotar

    This is absolutely disgusting!!!! I don’t want my kids being fed the notion that homosexual behaviour is acceptable.

  • james richmond

    all things sesamestreet ie: books tapes vidios and any other material shall be removed from from my home and burnt.

  • Audrey Drotar

    Tony If you read the Bible look at 1 Corinthians…it very explicitly tells you homosexuality is wrong!!!

  • kirbysdaman

    I’m glad that a majority of the people still see this as being WRONG. There is hope for the world yet.

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