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Friday, August 12, 2011

Bert and Ernie: Gay Rights Icons?

For as long as I can remember, there has been a running joke about the homosexual relationship between the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie. And it was pretty much accepted as that: a JOKE. No one that I knew really believed that the two of them were gay. Well, apparently, there are some grown people that not only believe that they are gay, but have been actively petitioning The Sesame Street Workshop to have Bert and Ernie get married.  This bullshit has been brought to you by the letters F and U.

Come on, people-- really? Why the hell would you want to sexualize a relationship on a children's television show? And don't give me that "homophobe" bullshit-- implying that Bert and Ernie are gay introduces sex into their relationship! PERIOD! You have taken a platonic friendship and added sex to it-- it's as simple as that. Nothing in their relationship (and I have always been a fan) implies that they are romantic with each other, or fucking in any way, shape, or form! In other words...THEY ARE NOT GAY!

This would be almost as dumb as petitioning Hanna-Barbera to own up to the fact that Shaggy and Scooby are stoners and should support NORML. 

The Sesame Street Workshop made the following statement regarding the matter:

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 there you have it! Can we please drop this silliness now, please?

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