Petition Asks Bert And Ernie To Get Married On Sesame Street

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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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Teresa - posted on 08/17/2011

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I grew up with Bert and Ernie and I never learned ANY sexual persuasion from them. I did learn how two differne t people could get along and compromise, which I beleive the characters were created for. To make these characters sexual in any way is taking away from the lesson they are really there to teach. Compromise and gettin along is NOT sexual, and neither are these characters.

Barb - posted on 08/11/2011

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whooops, i totally answered before reading any of the other responses LOL i didn't even google!! Don't dethrone me yet!

I know Marina found the wiki info that verifies they are friends and not brothers (which i obviously thought they were too)

Here is more from muppet wiki LOL http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Are_Ernie_a...

Also saying they are just good friends, as well as PUPPETS

Marina, i hear what you saying, i understand it and it's a good point, but i believe that while diversity, relationships are important to teach to kids, having puppets that relate to kids take on a sexual relationship is too much. It's great to teach friendships at that age.. and honestly i believe most good marriages are based on great friendships so they should stick to the teaching how to be a great friend instead of introducing sexual relationships into things.

Barb - posted on 08/11/2011

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I would not sign the petition. I totally believe in marriage equality, but i agree with some of the other statements. Kids, especially sesame st aged kids do NOT need to be burdened with adult issues. If i recall correctly, Ernie has a rubber ducky he sings to also, right? Ernie does not behave like an adult, he behaves like a child. Bert is just a grouchy asshole that teaches kids how to deal with those types of people.

I would see the two of them more like brothers and what they really are is puppets! But they are not adult men.

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The one thing I worry about with it is this. My first exposer to the entire homosexual thing was Tellitubies (or how ever you spell the damn thing). It showed a little girl with two mommies. The problem was the women were asses, and extremely 60's hippie free love people. Yeah that was not a good intro at 12. I was horrified. It wasn't until highschool when I actually met a few homosexuals that I finally got it, and wasn't totally freaked out by the idea.

They have got to be extremely careful with it otherwise it will have the oposite effect. And let's face it those two are weird as it is.

Karla - posted on 08/11/2011

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Someone mentioned on FB that originally Bert was Ernie’s uncle… Ernie had just been orphaned and moved in with his Uncle Bert, but I haven’t tried to confirm that story.



It is unnecessary...For us Bert and Ernie have been together forever, but for a 3 year old they are just young roommates. The Bert and Ernie relationship demonstrates constructive ways to get along with someone who is different than you. This is Life Skills 101 not 435.



I would not sign a petition for it.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/11/2011

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But my whole point is, it does not need to be in a sexual nature.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/11/2011

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I don't necessarily think it has to be a marriage between them....it would be cool if they had some sort of "union" or celebration for how long they have been "living" together. I don't think anyh of it is necessary, I just wouldn't think it was a bad thing.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/11/2011

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I don't think so, I think bert and ernie are the closest to "adult" puppets IMO. I can think of others that live with their mom and dad, like Elmo, Bear, the fairy with the wand, and others....but they are the only ones that are the same sex friends living together from what I can remember.

Barb - posted on 08/11/2011

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sorry, it's been a super long time since i've watched Sesame St. Do they have a heterosexual married couple of puppets?

Barb - posted on 08/11/2011

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That is very true, but there is an intimacy that isn't there among 'just friends'

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/11/2011

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Yes, but marriage and union isn't just about sex. It is about being united with the one you love. If marriage was built on sex, then it will be a quick divorce.

Tah - posted on 08/10/2011

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I think this is more for the adults trying to prove a point then it is trying to show differences to children. I don't think children need to be in the middle of that. I also agree with Brittany, you have to be careful

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/10/2011

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Tah, I totally get what you are saying, essentially keep the innocence in Sesame Street for the kids sake, and not to make it an adult "soap box" for gay rights. I agree to an extent...but here is where my mind goes with it....



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.

Tah - posted on 08/10/2011

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WHy do we have to involve little kiddies in this..I wouldn't sign it. Keep their shows as is. Do you think kids care???...if adults are fighting over this..fine, but to try and take Bert and Ernie of all people and marry them..yeah, I'm on the get over themselves wagon

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/10/2011

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LOL Amy, I was googling before I read the end of your post! LOL!

Amy - posted on 08/10/2011

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See, I was a kid and saw two other kids in a room. I assumed brothers. There was no parent, of course, but you never saw any supervision on muppet babies either! lol. But at least i wasn't the only one who thought they were brothers, brittany!! :)

ok. what's the backstory on bert and ernie? how old are they supposed to be? Now I'm concerned. IF they are adults, bert must be equal to old man who feeds pigeons and ernie got kicked in the head by a mule and just isn't right upstairs to be obsessing with rubber duckies -or to even still use one in his bath .hey, we all know the tune. rubber ducky....you're the one!!!

i do know bert was designed after a banana and ernie an orange. now i have to google bert and ernie. where's barb? i need my google whore!! [those who don't know us, it's and inside thing. i'm not being mean to barb. promise]

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/10/2011

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Brittany, they are "best friends" I have never heard of them being brothers. EVER!

Amy - posted on 08/10/2011

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and if they aren't kids - those are some messed up adults who are really into pigeons and rubber duckies

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Uh... no they shouldn't; they are brothers. Unless that suddenly changed in the last decade. Didn't they even have a song about being brothers?

Amy - posted on 08/10/2011

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Uh....giving that I always thought bert and ernie were brothers....LOL. whoops. my bad. Did they come out of the closet? I thought they were supposed to be kids.

uh oh. no no. see, they can't be gay. here's why. it'd be archaic for them to be in separate beds. What are we in, the 50s? Can't show them in one bed.

Come on, it's a kids show. Who cares? They should be teaching about colors, numbers and manners. They don't get into marital issues of maria and luis [do they? see, when you're a kid, you don't f-ing pay attention to that shit]. I know they danced and wasn't that fun. I think sesame street should safely stay out of politics.

oh - yogi and boo boo - no no. see, boo boo is a kid. that's not right. that's child molestation or delinquency of minor or something. :)


on the young gay men - what, young gay men watch sesame street? come on. i'll ask my cousin - who is gay and living with his super hot partner in FRANCE. [are some guys lucky or what?] - i'll ask what he thinks of it.

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