Sesame Street: Bert & Ernie just ‘friends’

Sesame Street denizens Bert & Ernie are just friends, according to an anonymous spokesman for the eternal children’s program, and will not be getting married.

Just pals.

Pals.

“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 … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation,” said Sesame Street on its Facebook page Thursday.

The statement was made in response to an online petition calling for Bert and Ernie to get married.

Bert and Ernie could not be reached for comment because they are not people.

303 comments Add your comment

Oscar The Grouch

August 11th, 2011
1:33 pm

Sesame Street Fan

August 11th, 2011
1:39 pm

SERIOUSLY?! I’m cracking up at this! I loved Sesame Street as a kid and Bert and Ernie were favorites. Never in a million years, even as my children have watched more recently, would it have occurred to me to question their “sexual orientation.” This is as silly as folks claiming that the Teletubbies were gay! People need to get a grip!!

Big Bird

August 11th, 2011
1:40 pm

That’s not the word on Sesame Street…………

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
1:41 pm

WTH? Really, these are innocent children that will be influenced by this madness. The world is truly coming to an end. The gay and lesbian population seems to think their lifestyle should be a part of everything. Well it shouldn’t be. What you do on your own time is your business. Don’t try to inject it into everything. You got your wish to be married in some states. You got your wish to repeal don’t ask don’t tell. Sit down somewhere already. Parents, we have to be more diligent in monitoring what our kids watch because this Bert and Ernie marriage situation will eventually happen. . . .

Good Grief

August 11th, 2011
1:42 pm

Please, people…they are puppets. Stop reading SOMETHING into EVERYTHING.

mechelle

August 11th, 2011
1:43 pm

I hate Facebook. They are not real people….everyone in the world is not GAY. my goodness

me

August 11th, 2011
1:47 pm

Come on people!!!! This is crazy that someone would even think of doing something like this. Have you not heard of the “Odd Couple” two men that lived together and were friends and roommates. Nothing more, Nothing less. I can tell you that if the television starts to teach our children about sexual orientation or even how to treat people of different orientations, than we are in trouble. Teaching starts at home!! Maybe if the parents teach their little ones how to teach other that may or may not be like them, this world wouldn’t be so damn crazy. Get it together people… What a sad world we live in!!!

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
1:51 pm

Me:

I teach my children about people who have differences they can’t control. Gay, lesbian and transgender is a lifestyle choice, not an uncontrolled difference. And I will not teach my children that gay, lesbian and trangender is okay.

CLEMSONDUDE

August 11th, 2011
1:58 pm

Cute Girl…At what age did you choose to be straight? Cute girl does not have a clue what she is talking about. God help your kids.

Muffin

August 11th, 2011
1:59 pm

Amen to the Sesame Stree Fan and Cute Girl’s comments. Please for your children’s sake’s, stand up for what is right.

BFS

August 11th, 2011
2:00 pm

Do you know what Kermit the Frog and Billy the Kidd have in common????

The same middle name.

Aquagirl

August 11th, 2011
2:01 pm

Oh fer god’s sake, they’re not gay, they’re muppets. They don’t even have anything below the waist, except someone’s hand stuck up th……

….Uh, on second thought, maybe they are gay.

TrollHunter

August 11th, 2011
2:03 pm

Troll on Cute Girl…Troll on.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
2:08 pm

Clemsondude:

I didn’t chose my sexuality. God chose it for me. If he had wanted me to be with other women, he would have gave me male genitalia.

Roekest

August 11th, 2011
2:09 pm

The fact that someone from the show had to publicly clarify that is a glaring example of how infantile and ignorant and cynical our society has become.

Sick&Tired

August 11th, 2011
2:12 pm

Great comments Cute Girl..Kids under 5 generally watch that show. There is no need for them to be exposed to that so early. JESUM CROW!!!!

Nana

August 11th, 2011
2:18 pm

Be gay if you want to or even if you feel you can’t help it. But for all our sakes, sit down, be gay and shut up. It is sickening that this has even come up between Bert & Ernie. And is it sad that 2 members of the same sex who are really good friends are automatically assumed to be gay. I am a Christian and will not treat you any differently than I would anyone else. I will not judge you but leave the judging up to God but please stop lobbying to make everyone and everything a gay thing.

Sashie

August 11th, 2011
2:18 pm

God may have chosen your sexuality… but that means that he also chose the sexuality of everyone… gay and straight alike. In god’s eyes, there are no mistakes. Everything is created with intent. It also is said that God is the only one that can judge… I am not sure what people are thinking… judging others is clearly Gods work. Are you above God, and that is why you have decided to take on his duties? I think not.

Dandy Don's boy

August 11th, 2011
2:20 pm

you Female Acting Guy’s really net to get a life!!!

Bonnie

August 11th, 2011
2:23 pm

Honest to Goodness! Why do these people need to shove their agenda down our throats! Thank you PBS for standing your ground and not bowing down to people’s need to force sexuality into childrens programing. Kids are growing up way too quickly these days. They need to be allowed to be children and not exposed to everything at such a young age.

Dandy Don's boy

August 11th, 2011
2:23 pm

Dude …your from Clemson and you dare talk about other people….Go back to that cow town.

penguinmom

August 11th, 2011
2:24 pm

so men on The Odd Couple were gay as well? I always thought that Bert and Ernie were modeled somewhat after that show. How have we gotten to a place in our society that two same-gendered people can’t be roommates and friends without everyone thinking they are gay? It used to be common place for old bachelors to live together. Nothing sexual, just sharing a space (and the rent) and having someone around to talk to if you wanted to.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
2:25 pm

Sashie:

God didn’t make anybody gay. According to His word, homosexuality is a sin. God hates sin, so why would he create us as homosexuals? That would make Him a hypocrite and a liar. Homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle.

And where in any of my posts did I say anything about judging anyone or being above God?? I’m not judging anyone cause its not my place. However it is my place to rebel against the homosexual’s community attempt to inject their lifestyle into something I feel strongly about. Just like they have rights, hell I have them too.

Anita

August 11th, 2011
2:25 pm

As a young child watching Sesame Street, not once did the sexual orientation of the two come to my mind. I always thought of them as just good friends. People are taking this homosexuality twist to another level. I have nothing against homosexuality but we do not have bring up a sexual preferences in every thing. Stop with the madness and let the kids enjoy the show like we did when we were young!!!!

REALITY CHECK

August 11th, 2011
2:26 pm

Cute Girl, u said a mouthful and I agree 100%…

Hakeem

August 11th, 2011
2:29 pm

If Bert & Ernie listened to V-103, then we could perhaps assume they are both “ON THE DOWN LOW…” just like our President with Larry Sinclair.

Sashie

August 11th, 2011
2:30 pm

Awww… it must be blissful to be so ignorant.

JoeV

August 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

@Dandy Don’s boy

^^^^^^couldn’t get in to Clemson^^^^^^^

Anonymous

August 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

What is wrong with this series of statements?

“I didn’t chose my sexuality. God chose it for me. If he had wanted me to be with other women, he would have gave me male genitalia.”

1. Bigotry and
2. Very poor grammar

At least Sesame Street is trying to get it right.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
2:34 pm

Sashie:

Name calling is so immature. Grow up!

Sashie

August 11th, 2011
2:35 pm

I second that statement… Anonymous :)

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
2:36 pm

Anonymous:

I left out an “o” in chose. So what. I’m not perfect and neither are you. One misspelled word doesn’t make me a bigot. Obviously, you still understood what I was trying to say since you took the time to comment on it. Thank you Sugar!

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

Sashie:

You would. Totally expected.

rid0617

August 11th, 2011
2:38 pm

If being gay is ok, God owes Sodom and Gommorah one hell of an apology; Tired of this garbage already.

rid0617

August 11th, 2011
2:40 pm

I forgot, I’m a male lesbian, I like women

YouFolksAreCrazy

August 11th, 2011
2:40 pm

OMG, are you freaking kidding me?? Bert and Ernie are just puppets!! If you look at the overall concept of the show, it’s to teach kids numbers, letters, kindness, to be helpful, etc. And if Bert and Ernie are to teach kids that it’s okay to be friends with people who are different from you then why are people turning it into something it’s not meant for.

For those people who want to have Bert and Ernie come out of the closet, you just have too much time on your hands to be reading into their relationship. Maybe you’re the one who needs to come out and is using Bert and Ernie as your outlet.

Oscar the Grouch

August 11th, 2011
2:42 pm

C’mon Bert and Ernie…I’ve “come out of the can” and now it’s your turn.

Anonymous

August 11th, 2011
2:43 pm

“Chose” to “choose” is, in fact, a spelling error. What is far more egregious is “[H]e would have *gave* me male genitalia.” Not even close.

JM

August 11th, 2011
2:43 pm

“Bert and Ernie are not people.” And yet corporations are according to the SCOTUS.

Counting Sheep...ah, ah, ah

August 11th, 2011
2:44 pm

Wait, what? So, next someone is going to tell me that Big Bird isn’t on meth?

BERT

August 11th, 2011
2:46 pm

to the bible-beaters….yes, we are puppets and not gay….and we are not christian puppets eithers. keep your hateful words to yourself.

Tanisha Green

August 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

And yet…just a few years ago…when people were saying “Bert and Ernie are two single guys living in the same house, so they MUST be gay”…the same gay rights people were raising hell.

San

August 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

People, please get a life. Everything in this world does not have to be labeled. Let it go!!!!

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

Anonymous:

dang, u shoulda ben mi english teacha so i woulda ben aba to git my pernt acros da wight way!

LMAO!!!

Lori

August 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

Kids who are watching Sesame Street are WAY to young for this crap. In order to understand sexual orientation, you have to have a basis of knowledge in sex. Preschools should not have that knowledge!! Let’s let kids remain innocent as long as possible, shall we!

Rich Black

August 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

Actually it was Pat Robertson the nutjob from The 700 Club that started all of this, not the Gay and Lesbian community.

Oscar the Grouch

August 11th, 2011
2:47 pm

Not sure Counting Sheep…but I’ll tell you this…NEVER share an 8-ball with Snuffleupagus!

BERT

August 11th, 2011
2:48 pm

wow, reading these commnents really does prove that there still a lot of ignorant, backward people in this world. i will pray that you don’t infect your children with hate and intolerance. not very godly.

trina@atl

August 11th, 2011
2:48 pm

I am sick of the gay community thinking that they should have their lifestyle inflicted on every aspect of life. Please leave the children alone and let them stay innocent as long as possible. I guess they will have a gay bible next and have the three wise men getting married and sleeping with each other.

matt

August 11th, 2011
2:50 pm

Clemsondude- I chose to be straight around middle school when puberty and hormones started to set in. Never occured to me to try and kiss another dude.

If I wanna have sex with a horse I will expect you to tolerate me because I’m being “me”.