This week a petition started going around online asking that the Sesame Workshop (ie. The Children’s Television Workshop) afford the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie a same-sex marriage. Anyone with any passing knowledge of Sesame Street should know that Bert and Ernie have been same-sex living partners/roommates for decades so petitioners were hoping that the powers that be might legitimize their relationship by having them get married. The Sesame Workshop responded to the petition with an official message on their official Facebook profile. Click below to read what they have to say.
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.
Hee hee … nice try, petitioners. I mean … I am all for same-sex marriage rights but I think it’s a bit silly to try and get puppets to marry in a committed relationship. I love that Bert and Ernie are BFFs who love, care and support one another and there is no need for anything else. That being said, if Sesame Street would like to introduce characters that exhibit characteristics that exemplify the equal treatment of all people, I’d be all for it. Let’s just leave Bert and Ernie alone, shall we? They are perfectly fine with the relationship they already enjoy :D