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

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”.

Elmo

August 11th, 2011
2:50 pm

Big Bird lies…

Counting Sheep...ah, ah, ah

August 11th, 2011
2:50 pm

The Muppets were tolerant, said it was ok for an emaciated frog to get it on with a bloated oinker, Miss Piggie.

BERT IS NOT A CHRISTIAN OR GAY

August 11th, 2011
2:50 pm

and who said atlanta is a melting pot? a melting pot of morons maybe.

BERT IS NOT A CHRISTIAN OR GAY

August 11th, 2011
2:51 pm

@matt- really? i feel sad that your heart is so tainted with ignorance and hate. i will pray for you.

Texican

August 11th, 2011
2:53 pm

cutegirl, there are gay horses, gay monkeys, gay penguins and, yes, gay humans. If God made ‘em, then God made ‘em gay. You can hate and fear whomever you choose, but you don’t speak for God. At least that’s what He told me.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
2:53 pm

Here we go with the name calling again. Why can’t we just have a decent discussion. Voice your opinions and refrain from calling people out of their names.

Bert

August 11th, 2011
2:54 pm

I love the taste of Ernie in the morning. I love it more that we take baths together scrubbing our rubber ducky.

Oscar the Grouch

August 11th, 2011
2:55 pm

Is that what Bert meant by “doing the Pigeon”?

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
2:56 pm

Texican:

First of all, I don’t hate anyone. It’s not in my heart to carry hate.
Second of all, I’m not speaking for God. Just simply restating what He has already said in his word.
Third of all, I’m really glad He speaks to you. It’s truly an amazing thing to hear the voice of God.

Counting Sheep...ah, ah, ah

August 11th, 2011
2:58 pm

I’m starting a petition for a gluten-free Cookie Monster.

Anonymous

August 11th, 2011
3:01 pm

“Special” Girl,

Cute fades. Dumb is forever. L your AO about that.

Bill

August 11th, 2011
3:01 pm

What you have is an insecure segment of the population trying to force an agenda down the throat of the rest of America (no pun intended). Homosexuality is a choice acted on by the person. It is a sexual preference choice. I prefer blonde women. Does that make me born a racist? It’s my preference. Maybe I need special rights as well. While God spells out the sin of homosexuality in Genesis, Jesus confirms it in Mark. Remove the religious viewpoint and you have a scientific view that we are designed to procreate and propagate our species. Man and woman are the two human forms designed to procreate and pass on humanity. Anything beyond ‘design’ is a mutation and flaw. Chastise me all you want but from a biological and scientific perspective, homosexuality is a flaw in evolution and would by process eliminate itself.

nora

August 11th, 2011
3:02 pm

I was just talking about this the other day – I always said Bert and Ernie were gay!

IntownWriter

August 11th, 2011
3:02 pm

AGAIN with this story? It surfaces every three years or so. Let it GO.

D

August 11th, 2011
3:03 pm

This is a disgrace! Why would anyone question the sexual orientation of 2 characters on a kids television show? Maybe this country should worry about our financial dilemma and not nit pick at stupid topics such as these. This country is headed down the toilet fast and it’s because of all the terrible people living here.

GET A LIFE!

Realist

August 11th, 2011
3:03 pm

This is where gay “marriage” is leading–pimping perversion to our children.

Atlanta Native

August 11th, 2011
3:04 pm

Quite simply – why do people have to be so obsessed with how a person (or puppet) chooses to rub his or her naughty bits while in private? It is their character and how they comport themselves in society that matters. Are Oscar Wilde’s plays somehow better when you discover he likes to rub his parts with other men? Did Jimmy Page’s guitar solos become less musically adept due to his rumored obsession with rubbing parts with certain animals? If Mother Teresa went home after helping lepers all day and impaled herself on an anatomically correct Ronald McDonald statue, is that what is important about her? No. So get over yourselves and accept people for the content of their character and quit telling everyone how you choose to rub your parts, because it just does not matter.

Counting Sheep...ah, ah, ah

August 11th, 2011
3:06 pm

It’s a widely known fact that Mother Teresa preferred the Whopper to the Big Mac

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
3:06 pm

Anonymous:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I behold myself as Cute. Just like being homosexual is your choice, being Cute is mine. I’m not trying to make society like it or agree with it. I’m Cute on my own time and dime.

P.S. I have so much junk in my trunk, it may take me all day for me to LMAO! Can you hang around that long? I’d love for you to keep me company.

matt

August 11th, 2011
3:07 pm

Bert is not a christian or gay- just because I don’t approve doesn’t mean I hate. However the argument that people should be tolerant of others because they are “just being me” does not hold water. You don’t approve of me having sex with a horse?? Why? Because it’s unnatural? Disgusting? Immoral? Doesn’t make sense? Hmmmmmm… Since the idea of man and woman was in order to procreate with a partner in the bond of marriage…

Texican- God made Charles Manson, what’s your point?? Are you trying to argue now that God purposely made serial killers?? Further proving the argument that you are born and then become a product of your environment. God made man, what man does with their life (the choice of free will) is just that, his choice. God did not make drug dealers and serial killers any more than he made gays and lesbians.

Saying that you were “born this way” exempts you from the guilt of knowing that at some point something happened to push you in that direction.

Bill

August 11th, 2011
3:07 pm

Texican – I recommend you reading the Bible. He didn’t make ‘gay’. He didn’t make the paedophile, the adict, those with violent tendencies, etc. These are all the effects of sin. We are designed by God and His original intent has been soiled by sin. Read the first few chapters of Genesis to see what the intent of both man and woman were. Please show me where God has said anything other than that is acceptable. Nowhere in His word is your view held in a Godly manner.

daculafan

August 11th, 2011
3:10 pm

I think it’s funny that so many people are so up in arms over a t.v. show. What’s really funny to me is that people don’t even realize that the whole thing was started on facebook as a joke. Because people have been saying for years “Gee I bet Bert and Ernie are gay…they should just get married” it’s water cooler humor. I’m pretty sure that the people who started it have no “Agenda” it’s just sophomoric humor and everybody is about ready to declare armageddon over a joke.

People we’ve got our government tanking our economy, a congress that can’t agree that water is wet because it may erode their political position, terrorism running rampant, good middle class families going to financial ruin and on the streets and you’re worried because somebody may CARE that Bert and Ernie were gay or straight..c’mon folks

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
3:10 pm

@ Bill – You have just spoke a very intelligent, educated mouthful. No one can argue with anything you said because you speak on biblical and scientific level, which addresses Christians and Non-Christians. Love it!!

BERT IS NOT A CHRISTIAN OR GAY

August 11th, 2011
3:11 pm

wow i wish some of you right-wing fruit cakes would invest in an education….you really sounds dumb as a box of bricks. seriously…

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
3:15 pm

Bert is not. . . .:

I did invest in an education, which explains why I graduated at the top of my class with about $50,000 worth of debt. . . now what?

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
3:15 pm

How old is Ernie? How old is Bert? When was the last time you saw Bert or Ernie with a female? If I am right, they live in the same house together and sleep in the same room. Yo! its LOVE

Rodney

August 11th, 2011
3:16 pm

First – many of you here, especially those who keep reciting the Bible, don’t seem very Christ like to me.

Second, hey @Bill – heterosexuals who are sterile are “a mutation and a flaw” as well? What about heterosexuals who choose to not procreate at all?

For the record, and please try and wrap your brains around this, I did not choose to be gay. I was born this way. I have (still, even at 40 years old) a Mother and a Father who were both very instrumental in my upbringing so not only was I born gay, I wasn’t the result (as some of you thumpers like to believe) of a female only household or absentee Father.

Why in the world would someone choose to spend their life as a target of the hatred and vile that’s so evident here in these comments? So don’t tell me anything about a “choice” – you don’t know what you’re talking about. You just sound angry and scared.

I, on the other hand, am happy to be who I am – who I was born to be.

REALITY CHECK

August 11th, 2011
3:18 pm

U ALL WANT TO ATTACK GRAMMAR NOW B/C THAT IS YOU’RE ONLY BASIS FOR ARGUMENT NOW B/C U KNOW WHAT SHE SAYING IS CORRECT….LOL….EVERYBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO FEEL HOW THEY FEEL……I’M STEADFAST IN MY FAITH SO NOTHING NO ONE SAYS CAN SWAY ME ONE WAY OR THE OTHER AND MY FAITH, HOMESEXUALITY IS WRONG….AND THE MEDIA HAS SOLD IT’S SOUL….WILL DO ANYTHING TO CREATE A BUZZ FOR RATINGS AND MONEY….YOU’RE LIFESTYLE CHOICE IS YOUR BUSINESS BUT QUIT TRYING TO THROW IT ALL IN PEOPLE’S FACES AND TRYING TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE IT’S JUST OKAY? B/C IT’S NOT……AND IT’S SAD THAT WE ARE EVEN TRYING TO EXPOSE THE YOUTH TO THIS CRAP AND MAKE IT SEEM LIKE IT’S OKAY…..

Reverie

August 11th, 2011
3:18 pm

Trillions and Trillions of dollars in debt we cannot repay, wars on two fronts, starvation and poverty throughout the world AND WE WANT TO DEBATE THE SEXUALITY OF PUPPETS? Great, we can get to this hard hitting issue just as soon as we can find a cure for cancer. Until then, this will be a stupid waste of time.

this is crap

August 11th, 2011
3:19 pm

Has there ever been a kid who watched Sesame Street and wondered whether Bert and/or Ernie were gay?

Good lord, leave it be.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
3:20 pm

Rodney:

This is a no judgement, no name calling zone. Nobody’s judging you. Just not agreeing on how you came into the gay lifestyle and trying to make society accept it. You do you. That’s between you and God.

Bozo

August 11th, 2011
3:21 pm

Oscar wins the thread.

HSM

August 11th, 2011
3:22 pm

We stand with you Cute Girl1 I think it is obvious the Spirit is not moving in some of these people.
2 Timothy 3:1-7
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
3:22 pm

People- you all don’t know how to laugh. :)

Kaygeeone

August 11th, 2011
3:22 pm

I am 44 and never watched Sesame Street as a child. I am Republican, White and Christian. That being said, I have an Uncle-in-law who is gay. I am not a homophobe by no means…..but people let’s get real. Do most American parents want their children watching a children’s program with gay characters? I don’t think so. There is so much wrong and bad in this world…..do we really need our children exposed to this sort of life style? I’m not 100% sure if people are born this way or choose to be this way. Does that even really matter? Gays….or should I be politically?(sorry bout the spelling)correct… GLBT already have a strong foot hold in so many things…..I think what I am really getting to is…..do your thing…I don’t care. Just do not try and recruit my kids! My son loves football and baseball, girls…scary movies and chick flicks. My daughter really loves baseball, Barbi dolls, dances and boys. In summary, live and let live. Peace , Love and 32 Days….. that’s my facebook rock and roll page….. 32 Days :)

GrammarKing

August 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

Matt – You didn’t choose to be heterosexual in middle school. You happened to be heterosexual and realized it when your hormones kicked in during puberty. If you had been gay, you would have realized that and struggled with it in middle school precisely because people like you denigrate and belittle a fact of nature that people can’t help. What’s disgusting about you and a horse is that you’re making a decision for an animal that can’t decide for itself. Individuals who are homosexual do not wake up one morning and say, “man, I would love to bang someone of my own gender. I think I’ll try that today.” Also, your preference for blondes wouldn’t make you racist as blonde is not a race. It makes you discerning, you know what you like.

Cute Girl – just as your worldview is shaped by your religion, others’ worldviews are shaped by factors in their own lives. You simply misunderstand them because you are unwilling to try to see from their perspective. You also base your worldview on a text that was not passed down from God, but constructed by a group of powerful men in the middle ages so as to remain powerful and keep the peasants from revolting.

Bill – the only reason a minority population (LBGT) might seem insecure is because the religious right is on a constant path to remove, or prevent them from gaining, the same rights you enjoy as a heterosexual male. i.e. marriage and the benefits that go along with that – health benefits, emotional security, tax benefits, etc. In fact, every gay person I know is very secure in their sexuality and identity, even though they had to endure bigotry and hatred from people who want to control the lives of others.

I’m not gay, but I am all for equal rights. A person is a person is a person, and we all deserve to be happy in our lives.

Cujo Bendi

August 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

I have no problem with gay people. I support their cause, but transgender people seriously have issues. They need to get a hobby and stop looking to mutilate their bodies to fill some void. Because just because you have your pee pee cut and tucked up inside of you does not mean you’re a woman! And vice versa. Chaz Bono is not a man now!

Rodney

August 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

Cute girl – what arrogance you have to claim to know what/if I chose anything in my life. How plainly can I say it? I did not make any choice about what attracts me.

Which basically means you’re calling me a liar. Saying I chose something, when in fact, I did not

And please – lay off that hate the sin-love the sinner-not judging you BS. Nobody is buying that tired old lie anymore. We know where you’re coming from, and we know we’ll never be able to pull those of you with your beliefs out to the edge of the world to prove to you that it isn’t flat.

cute girl's alma mater

August 11th, 2011
3:28 pm

dear cute girl, we owe you a refund for your education.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
3:28 pm

HSM:

You better say it! Thanks for the scripture to back up us God-fearing Christians or “right-wing fruitcakes” as someone said earlier.

Bill

August 11th, 2011
3:28 pm

To those who like to use the example that there are “gay animals” I would also point out many animals eat their young, eat their own feces, etc. Please don’t use animal behavior examples to justify human behavior. Again, from a religious and/or scientific perspective humans are in a higher order. This fouled up usage of comparing us to animals is very ignorant.

Getting back to the original point, there is clearly a disturbed segment that tries to shove ideology down the throats of others. Trying to force an agenda through non-political puppets really is disturbing. Seriously. The irony is that a single digit percentage of the population of this country has a far greater stranglehold on politics and culture than those of a far greater percentage. When we talk about representation on TV, we don’t see Indian Americans or Muslims represented. But we have over half of the shows on the television now including gay characters and talk on homosexuality. I could go on and on with examples. but delving into a childhood classic and telling the show they MUST rewrite two characters as gay? The sad thing is that this whole campaign is solely based on stereotypes. I guarantee you if I went around to every home or apartment saying two men or two women living together MUST be gay I’d be blasted, harassed, called bigot and who knows what other name. Strange that such stereotyping criticized by this group is actually being used to further an agenda.

james

August 11th, 2011
3:30 pm

Rodney – there’s no arguing with those who believe in fairy tales, no matter how compelling your argument. As the saying goes “you can’t reason someone out of a position they weren’t reasoned into”.

Seriously?

August 11th, 2011
3:30 pm

Why do they have to ruin everything?

Human

August 11th, 2011
3:30 pm

Asking someone at what age they chose to be straight is the same as asking someone at what age they chose to be human.

The reason the gay population is increasing is due to the increased amounts of estrogen in our water supplies. Just sayin…

Really?

August 11th, 2011
3:31 pm

I thought you christians were taught acceptance? Individuality? Tolerance?

Cute girl – I feel so sorry for your children, to be brought up in such a closed-minded manner by their paranoid mother. You should be teaching them Tolerance. That not everyone is created the same.

So much for your christian upbringing. I believe it’s called brainwashing…..very sad indeed.

JT

August 11th, 2011
3:31 pm

@ cutegirl……….You don’t have to teach your children about the gay life style. Society will!

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
3:33 pm

Dave

August 11th, 2011
3:33 pm

@ rodney

There’s no reasoning with people who have their narrow minds already made up.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
3:34 pm

Rodney:

See I was trying to be nice to you, but you obviously don’t appreciate my effort. That’s cool though. I’m not calling you a liar. That would be considered judging you, which I refuse to do because it’s not my place. I’m just merely saying I don’t agree with how YOU say you came to be gay. And that my dear is my choice, just like it’s your choice to say you were born that way. However, I do have the word of God to back up my choice. What do you have?