Petition Calls for Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie to Be Married

Frances Romero writing for Time: “Perhaps a new petition, started by Illinois resident Lair Scott, was prompted by the changing tide in the U.S.: in June, New York became the sixth — and largest — state to legalize same-sex marriage. Or maybe people just want Sesame Street to continue with its progressive message, which has seen the show deal with the sensitive topics of race, death and self-acceptance. Some people might think that if Archie Comics can introduce its first gay character, then Sesame Street, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, should certainly let its two “gayest” characters marry.”

Love the idea, but the notion that Bert and Ernie are gay just because they are two dudes living together is as harmful a stereotype as any. Not for nothing, but did anyone ever consider that Bert and Ernie are just two dudes straight outta college and living the dude’s paradise?

And also? The push to have them get married supposes that all gay couples even want to get married. Ultimately, it would be nice of same-sex couples could get married everywhere and have the right, like straight couples, to not get married.

Update: Sesame Street released a statement on the matter: “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.”

The Cajun Boy thinks it’s all part of their plan to teach children that staying in the closet leads to fear and anxiety. Which I think leads to the Dark Side. Could be wrong though.

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