Petition Asks Bert And Ernie To Get Married On Sesame Street

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/10/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Should Bert and Ernie get married? Over 900 people think so.

A petition started by Lair Scott, exhorts the makers of Sesame Street to let the two old friends get hitched. Gay marriage became legal in New York this June, increasing the number of states in the country to do so to six.

The petition letter 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 by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. 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 pair of puppets has long been rumored to be a veiled representation of a gay couple, though the Children's Television Workshop has denied that this is the case.

The petition echoes the message of the "It Gets Better" project, founded in 2010 following the suicides of a number of young gay men, including Tyler Clementi, Billy Lucas and others.

Reactions thus far have been mixed. An editorial in the New York Daily News, headlined "Folks who want a gay marriage for Bert and Ernie of 'Sesame Street' need to get over themselves," went on to say:

"Why stop there? Why not march Yogi Bear and Boo Boo down the aisle, too?... Some stages of life - for example, the years from 2 to 4 - must be walled off from the passions of adults."

Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress agrees, but for different reasons. If Bert and Ernie were gay, she would be all for a marriage, but Rosenberg has a problem with same-sex roommates being equated with gay couples.

"I think it’s actively unhelpful to gay and straight men alike to perpetuate the idea that all same-sex roommates, be they puppet or human, must necessarily be a gay couple," Rosenberg wrote. "Having close, affectionate friendships with another man doesn’t mean that you two are sleeping together."

Greg Kelly said on "Good Day NY" this morning that there are clear signs Bert and Ernie straight, but that he got tripped up by the picture on Bert and Ernie's wall.

"It's clearly a roommate situation," Kelly said. "They sleep in separate beds, the wardrobe, grooming."

He continued.

"However, they do have a picture of themselves on the wall, which would suggest, well, unusual behavior," Kelly said. "Not unusual, but that they… never mind."

Twitter is just starting to buzz with reactions. Many are encouraging circulating the petition, some are incredulous and others are having a laugh -- one user quipped that Batman and Robin should be first.

Since its start in 1969, Sesame Street has traditionally taken on difficult subjects in an effort to educate children, including divorce, tolerance of racial diversity, and real life disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Recently, Archie Comics introduced its first gay character in Veronica. The first same-sex marriage on daytime TV occurred in 2009, on the soap opera "All My Children."

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Im all for Gay marriage, things are changing and Sesame Street adds segments about the different family house holds why should they not add that Gay couples /marriage is okay and here to stay?

Im 200% for it


would you sign this petition yes or no...WHy?

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Mary - posted on 08/10/2011

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Oh, FFS, we need to leave Bert, Ernie, and every other childhood cartoon character out of this shit. They are fucking puppets - nothing more.
They are friends who share a home, and, as befitting a show geared for toddlers, sex is not an issue.
We, as adults, are continuously trying to foist our own agendas on stuff that was never meant to be anything more than exactly what it appears to be. I don't understand this penchant we as adults have to search for some hidden meaning that fits our own beliefs.

My toddler is too busy learning the alphabet, numbers, and the sounds letters make to be worrying about whether or not Bert and Ernie can tie the knot.

Mary - posted on 08/10/2011

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Julianne, if we "need" Bert and Ernie to teach acceptance, we, as parents, have a problem.

The bottom line is, if parents don't practice acceptance in their everyday lives, nothing on Sesame Street is going to change that. My daughter, at two, is color blind. Why? because I chose to place her in an environment where we are "nice" and "friends" with everyone we interact with. We live our life in a world where there are people of every race and nationality under the sun. We play with kids that are Black, Asian, Hispanic, White, Indian, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, male, and female. She has learned "acceptance" because that is what I model for her in everyday life. If I didn't, those 3 minute segments that include 2 fucking puppets isn't going to change her outlook. At her age, she's more worried about those fools falling off the bed when they go off on their "adventures".

Carolee - posted on 08/10/2011

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I always thought that Bert and Ernie were supposed to be kids. I thought they were either brothers or friends. I'm not saying that they shouldn't have a gay family on there, but they should make new characters (preferably actual actors) who are obviously not children who can get married on the show. I thought all the puppets were supposed to be kids, which would make it inappropriate for them to get married.

Merry - posted on 08/12/2011

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I get so mad when people go off thinking that frodo and Sam from lord of the rings are gay because Sam said he would never leave frodo, and they said 'I love you' at some point in the books.
Straight men can be friends with other straight men right?
And men shouldn't feel like if they love a male friend that makes them gay.

Becky - posted on 08/12/2011

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They're puppets, for pete's sake. I've always seen them as being pretty much asexual!

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/12/2011

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My God! They're muppets! People had enough time convincing conservative right wingers that Burt and Ernie weren't gay just friends. Now this dumb petition wants to decide that they are gay? WTF? I mean it's hard enough convincing people (ie: uneducated rednecks such as my ex) that just because someone's gay doesn't mean they have a thing for you or a thing for every man on the planet. Yeah, let's just go and make it worse.

BTW, wasn't Fred Rodgers told by some group that he didn't do enough for Christianity on Mr Rodger's neighbourhood becuase he didn't speak out against homosexuality?

Anna - posted on 08/12/2011

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Adults seem to have a hard time remembering that most of our relationships are non-sexual, and hopefully ALL of our kids relationships are non-sexual. Given the age of the intended audience, presenting the idea of two people who are just friends is a lot more relevant.

And the whole are they 'Gay are they not' debate that's been going on for years has always bothered me. Yes it would be different if they actually were gay, but IMO, to change it now would be to admit that "yep, I guess y'all are right, living together is so highly suspect that Bert and Ernie MUST be gay." As though being roommates somehow equals having sex? I lived with my BFF in college, but I'm not a lesbian. It's actually a very common thing. Why do we need to question every relationship and turn it into something it isn't? And is this something we need to teach our kids?

Jennifer - posted on 08/12/2011

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I would not mind a human gay couple on sesame street, but Bert and Ernie? I thought they were brothers! They bicker and argue just like me and my sis! Come on people, leave the puppets alone. They said they're not gay, why are people still harassing them. Isn't sexual harassment against the law?

Merry - posted on 08/12/2011

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I always thought they were brothers........so NO!
Lol that would be so confusing for kids who also saw them as brothers.
Kids don't think about sex. Half of them unfortunately think the stork brings babies.....
No I don't think Bert and Ernie should get married. I still think of them as brothers.

Lucy - posted on 08/12/2011

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Ha ha, kind of a cute idea! But I think it would mean redefining the relationship. Personally I don't think it has ever been suggested that Bert and Ernie are in a relationship, other than as friends and room mates.

Having said that, I think Sesame St would be a great platform for introducing gay characters and gay marriage, but it would need new characters/actors. They've always been at the cutting edge for firsts in social developments and inclusion, so why not carry on the tradition. Sesame St rocks!

Stifler's - posted on 08/11/2011

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I agree everything is about sexuality these days. Should Bert and Ernie get married? Is Glee turning kids gay? Are pageants attracting paedophiles. Why can't anything just be fun and not overanalysed.

Aleks - posted on 08/11/2011

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Toddlers (who are the real avid watches of this show) do not have a concept of sexuality or even really understandd relationships (lover/romatinc/sexual). Its not really in their need of development at that stage. If you ask a toddler what getting married is, some (if they have been exposed to weddings, and remember that many may not have at all) will tell you that its when they get dressed up and go to church (or other type place, or park) and then there is music and dancing.

Acceptance is a non issue, as most kids will normally accept (at the toddler age) things to be if they see them. They don't question, ponder and analyse like us adults.



People let it go, stop your own *Equal Sexuality* (for lack of a better term) agendas out of kids media. They don't need it, nor are they aware of it.

Oh and one more thing. WHY do we have to sexualise everything???????????????????????? WTF is that?

Why can't there be characters in books and tv or movies where their sexuality is not important, ie, NON ISSUE? Why everything/everybody has to constantly represent some kind of sexuality?????? Why is everybody so damned obessessed with sexuality??????? (these days).

I don't get it and take offence when its ramned down my throat, and livid when they then try to ram it down my kids' throats too.

Jurnee - posted on 08/10/2011

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Bert and Ernie have lived together for so long that to have them marry they would 1st have to lcome out of the closet, then explaing why they lived together without being married, which would bring up the recent legalization of gay marriage in NY, which I think is way too much for young kids to need to worry about. IMO, they should itroduce new characters, maybe even a family with gay/lesbian parents. Sesame Street has always shown diversity and all kinds of families, this should be no differnt. I just think the Bert and Ernie story line shouldnt be changed,, but new characters would be a great addition.

Becky - posted on 08/10/2011

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I agree with the others, none of the puppets are married or in relationships that are anything other than friendship. Leave Bert and Ernie alone.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/10/2011

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I remember since I was a little girl watching the show I thought they were gay. Never really mattered to me, and they were always my favorite on the show......well snuffaluffagus (however you spell it) used to be on more, and that was another favorite character. Big bird was always to damned whiney...still is...no wonder he is yellow....big feathery baby.

Stifler's - posted on 08/10/2011

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Heaps of gay characters have been on the show, like Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris et al. I didn't even know Bert and Ernie were supposed to be gay.

Jenn - posted on 08/10/2011

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I like the idea of gay relationships being added to the program but I don't think it should include the Sesame characters. Or, if need be, have a new Sesame character couple who are gay move to Sesame Street and show how everyone can make them feel accepted and loved. Bert and Ernie are friends...buddies...I see no reason to evolve that into something more.

Stifler's - posted on 08/10/2011

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Hell no. It's a kids show. I'm not against gay marriage but why do people have to push the agenda all the way to Sesame Street. Are they trying to get the *straight* characters to get married? No.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/10/2011

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Oh man, I hope I didn't miss anything good on the first page, cause not only can I not get to different pages, but I cannot even switch the order from most recent to oldest.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/10/2011

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I think it would be awesome to have this happen, but I would not want the program to become the "soap box" for gay rights. I would not want to see a kids program ruined like that.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/10/2011

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Sesame street is an awesome program for kids...period..IMO. It not only teaches many concepts, numbers, friendships, right and wrong.,,,but it goes deeper also. It really celebrates diversity...from adoption, race, religion, that families can be so mixed living with grandparents, being raised in non conventional ways...such as having aunts and uncle raise kids, grandparents, single parents....it really truly celebrates all different families...WHY? Because it is the reality of the situation. Kids are being exposed to so much on a daily basis within their own families, or friends etc. and they want kids to know "hey, it's all right, we are all different...but really the same. can't we all be friends?"

I think Bert and Ernie having some sort of a "union" would be cool to broaden the spectrum of acceptance, normalcy, and diversity.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/10/2011

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I am gonna copy what I wrote in another community about this here, so I don't have to repeat myself....well...sorta....

Krista - posted on 08/10/2011

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I'm with the others. I think it would be cool to have a gay human couple move on to Sesame Street. But none of the other puppets are in romantic relationships anyway. It's just close friendships. Big Bird has Snuffy, Oscar has Slimey the worm, and Ernie has Bert.

Alexandra - posted on 08/10/2011

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Im all for gay marriage if 2 men/women want to get married and be miserable like the rest of us by all means let em. LMAO im so just kidding about the miserable part lol, anywho personally i think that childrens programs should be left alone. Sesame street does a great job teaching children without shoving it down there throats. If a man in real life had a room mate that was another man do you automatically assume they are gay. I hope not. Childrens minds are pure enough that they dont need to put a label to every situation they come across, i surely hope for there sakes that it stays that way.

Dana - posted on 08/10/2011

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Yeah, that's pretty basic knowledge.



I still don't think it's the way to go. If they truly feel the need to add that kind of lesson then make two new characters that are gay.



Which I would still think is lame since there aren't any other puppets married on the damn show.

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A male couple would teach a deeper lesson of acceptance. If children are normalized to gay/lesbian couples, its less of an oddity, therefore, they will be less likely to become homophobic.

Dana - posted on 08/10/2011

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Julianne, they do teach acceptance on the show. Why do they need to have two male puppets get married to show that?

Dana - posted on 08/10/2011

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Carolee, I don't count Maria and Luiz, they are real people on the show. :)

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they are puppets..but they are designed to teach children important lifelong lessons. Sharing, kindness, love, why not acceptance?

Jurnee - posted on 08/10/2011

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Im all for gay marriage, and I think Sesame Street should try to represent all types of families, but as was said before, I think it would be better to introduce a lesbian or gay couple, preferably human.

Carolee - posted on 08/10/2011

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Maria and Luiz got married on the show because the actress was pregnant. Then they had Gabby.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/10/2011

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are you sure NO body is married...I thought there were at least 2 stright couples for sure that are married...as far as people go

Dana - posted on 08/10/2011

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Eh, I wouldn't sign it and I'm 100% pro gay rights.

For one, no one on Sesame Street is married to begin with. And two, I never saw them as anything other than a "couple" of good friends.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/10/2011

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I never thought Bert and Ernie were kids because of the way they lived, and honestly I never thought they were gay. but having an actual couple on there that are people and are regulars is a good idea!

Rosie - posted on 08/10/2011

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no i don't think they should do this. let them be the way they are. i think it is overstepping, will cause nothing but animoscity and probably get the show cancelled. like krista has stated many males live together or are friends and aren't gay. i don't see the problem with leaving them the way they are.

Krista - posted on 08/10/2011

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I think they should leave it be. Ernie and Bert were obviously modeled after the two roommates from "The Odd Couple", and they weren't a couple. I know MANY guys who lived with other guys through college and afterwards, and it didn't make them gay.

Silly stuff like this will only be fodder for backlash, I'm afraid.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/10/2011

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And if they don’t want to change the relationship Bert and Ernie have then I think it would be a good ideal to introduce new characters that are same sex!

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