Wedding bells for Bert and Ernie?

Nothing should surprise me anymore, but when I saw a petition calling for Bert and Ernie to get married on Sesame Street, I took note. First of all, I had no idea that Bert and Ernie were a gay couple. Maybe I missed something. I grew up watching them on Sesame Street and don’t recall anything that could hint that they were a couple. I think they sleep in separate beds, too. Plus, they are puppets. Do puppets even have a sexual orientation?

I thought that maybe gay rights activists were acting out because of all the recent anti-gay news like Michele Bachman’s ‘pray away the gay’ class. Snicker. I find this even more ridiculous than a gay wedding on Sesame Street, but that’s another blog post.

Personally, I have no problem with gay people and it wouldn’t bother me if Bert and Ernie were gay or if they decided to get married. However, is this the proper venue to host a gay wedding? I’m not even sure the kids watching Sesame Street would understand the issue of gays and same-sex marriage.

What I do know is that there are certain people that would freak out if Sesame Street decided to air a same-sex wedding on a kid’s program. Do we really need to add more fuel to the anti-gay fire? Perhaps it’s best to just leave this issue alone, and those who want to believe that Bert and Ernie are gay can do so without enraging the anti-gay faction. And really, aren’t there more important issues to worry about than two puppets getting married?

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3 thoughts on “Wedding bells for Bert and Ernie?”

  1. While it would have been cool if Bert & Ernie turned out to be gay and got married, it’s also okay that they’re not. According to Sesame Street, they were created to show that two very different people can be good friends. That’s a good message to send as well as the one that two males can be good friends. It’s a bit sad that there’s such a strong assumption that two males with a close bond must be gay.

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  2. They’re not gay. Simple as that, they’re friends. The suggestion that they are gay has been denied by the creators not for homophobic reasons but simple truth that they were never meant to be and why can’t people just accept that? While I am an avid supporter of LGBT rights, it suggests desperation on behalf of people hunting a positive gay role model for kids. At no time has anything been said or done by the puppets to suggest they are gay and no references have been made to being a couple. If people want a gay couple portrayed in this way then it surely should be done from day one and not adapted to fit after the fact.

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  3. Both of you make some really good points. I watched Bert and Ernie when I was a kid and I don’t recall anything that would suggest they are gay. Thanks for your input.

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