So who here just assumed that Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were gay? Oh wait, this comes as a surprise? To who?!
It seems that people wanted the streets of Sesame Street to legalize and observe the rights of same sex couples to being married. The only problem is that Bert and Ernie are not gay as Sesame Street producers creators came out 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.Why can't a muppet represent some sort of same sex lesson? Know why? Cause Bert and Ernie weren't invented to be gay. They teach kids that you can be friends with someone who isn't like you. In fact, you can remain friends even though Ernie constantly acts like an asshole pulling pranks of you and stealing your cookies, pizza and what not while also hogging up the bath time fun.
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.
Just think of how long Ernie spends in the bathroom. And it's not a big apartment, as you can tell from them having to share a room. I doubt that there's a second bathroom in that small cramped space. Which really makes you wonder about the real estate area that Sesame Street. You have homeless green things living in garbage cans and two guys who can only afford a 1 bedroom apartment.
Anyhow, back to the sexual orientation of muppets. What caused Sesame Street to come out and state that these muppets only like hands up their ass and not cocks? Well, an online petition that called for Sesame Street to have them get gay married is what did it.
Though now that I think about it, saying "gay married" makes it sound even remotely different than straight married. The fact remains that the group wanted to raise awareness of the every growing gay marriage bans by having muppets teach kids about same sex couples getting married.
Further more, what does this really tell about our society. If I was a gay man I would sort of hate this since it implies that I'm not going to be truly happy till I'm married. Think of how depressing that would be. It's the mentality that you aren't really happy unless you're in a committed relationship and we all know that doesn't breed a healthy relationship anywhere.
In any case, here's some excerpts from the fan reactions and push to have them married on screen:
Michelle Ashton Ryan: It would be so awesome if bert and ernie got married. im 16 and i would totally start watching sesame street again if they did. :)
Roxanne Vincent: "whats next ??? 2 lesbian muppets??? 4 GOD SAKES!
Samantha Pollack: I am 24 now and I grew up with Bert and Ernie Big Bird and all of that. Even growing up i knew that Bert and Ernie were a couple not brothers. I think that the marriage has been a long time coming. Yes marriage is the next step in a honest and respectable relationship.
Raymond Swinney II: Ok...let's think about this logically. Should the wedding take place, are the two characters going to begin showing public display of affection which they've never done before? The "wedding" would happen in one episode, and then what? The characters would have to be completely re-written, as it were.It does seem rather silly to have them get married. Let's be pretty honest about that. Especially now that they aren't gay anymore. No wait, they never were gay. It's just us projecting what is straight or gay sort of behavior. We really should be ashamed of ourselves. They're muppets for goodness sakes! Shouldn't we have better things to worry about?