Bert & Ernie: Getting Married?

Via Jennifer Cusano
on Aug 11, 2011
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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?


About Jennifer Cusano

Jennifer Cusano, social media aficionado, research connoisseur, and writer du jour, is a Yogi on a path of personal exploration and long overdue healing. Managing Editor for YOGANONYMOUS, Producer for Where Is My Guru, Director of Social Media for YOGASCAPES and TumericALIVE, wife and mother of three, Jenn is really a superhero in disguise—or so she likes to think. In her spare time Jenn likes to read about and search for vampires, so if you happen to know or come across one, please do send them her way. Hit her up on Facebook or Twitter to discuss the various methods of tracking down said vampires. Also she is more than a little uncomfortable writing about herself in the third person, it may just be the hardest thing she's had to do, and that's saying something...


8 Responses to “Bert & Ernie: Getting Married?”

  1. ARCreated says:

    NO…B E are friends…not saying they can't introduce a same sex marriage couple either puppet or live humans…but B E are friends.

  2. Yep!! I feel the same way. It wouldn't be bad to introduce different types of families but Bert and Ernie should remain friends, it would confuse the children already watching the show as well

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Damian Amberg Liberals will stop at nothing to push their social agenda on mainstream America, including our children.
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 1 personShawn Walsh likes this.
    Md Saim Desires: "God has created
    with reason but having no
    desires; animals with
    desires but no reason, &
    man with both reason and desires. Therefore, if one’s reason is stronger than his
    desires, he is like an Angel…
    while if his desires are
    stronger than his reason,
    he is like an animal." [Ibn
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 4 peopleDax Bakken, Jenna Gavin and 2 others like this.
    Ann Bibby Why do puppets need to be gay? Are children served by sexualizing puppets? Or is this some adult statement thing? As a former teacher, I applaud taking advantage of true teachable moments, but I am cringing a bit at the idea of artificially creating one to serve a politic/social agenda. The bottom line should be – do preschoolers really need Bert and Ernie to be married? This seems to be more about what adults want rather than what small children need.
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 4 peopleZach Bjur, Moira Tyrrell-King and 2 others like this.
    Nicholas Paredes I say we leave Bert and Ernie alone in their old age, and create new puppets based on Andrew Sullivan and Christopher Hitchens. Now that would be entertaining!
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 2 peopleJoe Gutierz and Damian Amberg like this.
    Daniel E Tanzo my post from yesterday-
    Seriously!!!!!!!! people are bringing Bert and Ernie into the fray regarding Rights for human beings, though I am an Advocate for these rights some jerk named Laird Scott hsa turned it into a farce with this petition on
    Bad form dude they're puppets ya nimrod
    They belong in the closet —–a kids TOY closet
    Lair Scott the originator of this, petiton would do better demanding Ken and Barbie tie the knot and quit living in sin .. sigh what an expletive deleted use your own lol
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike
    Ame Holley
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike
    Shawn Walsh WTF??????its a kiddie show and sexual orrientation should have nothing to do with it. my god,no wonder this country is so fucked up.
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 2 peopleDamian Amberg and Kayla Anderson Nicholson like this.
    Rose Sterling What is wrong with those people? They're PUPPETS!
    about an hour ago · LikeUnlike · 2 peopleJenna Gavin and Shawn Walsh like this.
    Nathaniel Wolfe Marriage isn't about sexual orientation, it's about a public commitment of love. I think it would be cool to have a muppet wedding. This does not confuse children. Children know love when they see it.
    about an hour ago · UnlikeLike · 2 and Katarina Silva like this.
    Christopher Bousquet I'm tired of adults, of any personal or political persuasion, projecting their worldview and need for validation on children. Bert and Ernie live together becaus it's fun and to kids an endless sleepover is fun. Dear anti-gay bigots, Barney is not gay, the Teletubbies are not, and it's utterly absurd to support such an idea. Dear pro-gay-rights people, Bert and Ernie are best friends and they live together and they're cute puppets. So leave them the frack alone.
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    Alan Atwood I am as liberal as anyone … but it is a sad commentary on our society when EVERYTHING has to become sexualized.

    # Damian, anyone could, of course, say the exact same thing about conservatives. As for "our" "agenda", I see nothing wrong with tolerance and love—that's what this is about. Children don't have any more a problem with homosexuality than they do with princes and princesses falling love—you can talk about it in terms of love, not sex. Prejudice is learned. http://www.elephantjournal​.com/2011/07/homopho

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Amen. They could introduce new characters, if they thought it out thoroughly. ~ W.

  5. I agree!! there is nothing wrong with tolerance, and truthfully more and more children are living in homes with people from same sex marriage. Imagine how they must feel when they see on TV nothing that resembles their home life…thats where thoughts of not belonging stem from. Kids deserve to be informed, and it would be comkforting to those who are already exposed to it to see that their family, just like any other is normal. We as a society owe that to them. The times have changed, and just because close minded adults dont want to adapt does not mean we should encourage our children to only turn their eads in one direction. What better place than Sesame Street for kids to learn acceptance, "If elmos etc… says its ok" or whatever even if it is just seen-and spoken about in terms of love–it would definitely be pointing our youth in the right direction.

    as far as bert and ernie go–I think it may be confusing for children already watching the show if they make that change, though should they choose to do it they have my, and my families support-but they can certainly find another way to incorporate it. If anything hopefully this debate will push them in that direction.

  6. But for them it has been a horrific ride, and many horrible things are still happening, you just dont see that on the news…especially amongst LGBT youth, I am sorry but any child of 12 kiling themselves is pretty horrific. I think when they used that term they were pointing out those things, and also we do not yet live in a society of total acceptance

  7. there really are so many healthy directions they could go with it, unfortunately it has been and will continue to get blown out of proportion my people totally against it–i just hope that doesn't force the network into hasty decisions. This could be a really good thing

  8. I think Sesame Street would be a great place to introduce a same-sex couple…but maybe with their human characters, not necessarily the puppet ones. Kids figure out that whole "people love each other and it's not a big deal" thing much faster than us grown ups… It just makes sense for children's television to reflect all the best parts of the world we live in.