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Should Sesame Street‘s Bert & Ernie Get Married?

Submitted by on August 14, 2011 – 11:56 am7 Comments

Sunny Day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Divorce Court?

Well they’ll have to get married first but if Change.org has anything to say about it, puppets Bert and Ernie will be walking down the aisle very soon. A petition started by Lair Scott, and with 8, 215 signatures and counting,  is calling for the producers of Sesame Street to force longtime roommates and rubber-ducky enthusiasts out of the closet. The petition reads:

“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.”

Ummmm really?? Just because Bert and Ernie live together does NOT mean they are gay. Anybody that has watched Sesame Street knows that Bert and Ernie are notoriously argumentative. If they were a couple, they probably would have broken up a long time ago and needed therapy and a good divorce lawyer. The two are just friends and Sesame Street has released a statement via Facebook saying so:

“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.”

With same sex marriage being legal in six states  (New York, Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont and Washington, D.C.) it makes sense that some would love to see old pals Bert and Ernie tie the knot but just as many have fought for the right to get married, no one should force Bert and Ernie to fight for the right to remain single.

These guys are just friends…but hey there’s always Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. Now those guys deserve a spring wedding.

Learn more about the debate below and watch Bert & Ernie in action:

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