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August 11, 2011

Bert & Ernie: Getting Married?

With the legalization of same-sex marriages sweeping the nation, a new petition is asking for support, to aid the demand to make Bert and Ernie “official”.

From the petition:

“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. Only that they allow Bert & Ernie to marry or even add a transgender character to the show. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different.”

Producers of the popular children’s show on PBS replied to the request with this message via their facebook page.

“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.”

What do you think? Should they be married? …Or has this gone just slightly too far?

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