Bert and Ernie are not getting married. Not because they're gay, because they're puppets.
The folks at Sesame Street have shot down hopeful petitions for the street of PBS childhoods to hold its first gay wedding.
The Let Bert and Ernie Get Married on Sesame Street petition has failed to realize its dream. The movement, signed by over 6,000 supporters worldwide and spurned on by talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel, forgot to consider one small tidbit in their call for equality -- these are puppets, not people.
In a Facebook post Sesame Workshop writes:
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.
So as we understand it: There are boys on Sesame Street, there are girls on Sesame Street. There is no sex on Sesame Street -- in any muppet hook-up combination imaginable.
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What do you think of Sesame Street's statement on the Bert and Ernie marriage petition?