Bert and Ernie are not gay

I read today that there’s a petition to make Bert and Ernie (of Sesame Street fame) get married. I get why people think this would be a good idea, Sesame Street has done some amazing work in helping kids to deal with what’s going on in the world around them so there’s obviously a lot of people who think this should extend to illustrating how normal a gay relationship is.

However, the main stumbling block I can see is that Bert and Ernie aren’t gay. Granted the thought wouldn’t have occured to me when I was an innocent young kid watching the show, but even watching as a childminder once I was older it seemed like they were the example of how a friendship worked. They were completely different and sometimes argued and Bert (the taller one, in case you’re not sure) tended to get cranky, but they showed the kids how to overcome all that and stay friends.

In the words of the Sesame Street Workshop behind the show: “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.”

So…yeah. While I understand that some people see this show and it’s wide audience as a potential political sounding board, I think at heart it’s still a kids’ show and it doesn’t need an agenda. It certainly doesn’t need to be outing 2 characters purely due to public pressure.


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