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.

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Baton Bob

August 11th, 2011
3:35 pm

I was in Midtown a few years back hanging at Blakes on the Park, when at the end of the bar sits Bert. Calmly, I sit down and start a casual conversation. However, Bert’s not having any part of it. He’s really looped and he claimed that he caught Ernie in a Man 4 Man chat room on the internet. Ernie had been cheating on him the last few years! I told him to go home and talk things out with Ernie. Bert walked away with tears in his eyes. Looks like they were able to put things back together. I’m glad because they make such a cute couple on Sesame Street.

matt

August 11th, 2011
3:35 pm

Grammarking- so as long as their are two willing parties it’s ok to do whatever you want?? Keep believing that you were born that way. Like I said, that way you can be absolved of any guilt. If a 13 yr old and a 30 year old have sex but both were willing participants then it’s ok?? No? Why? Disgusting? Perverse? Unnatural? Wrong? But they were both willing participants.

The many who went on a shooting rampage at VT, the boys from Columbine, they were all born that way? Or does that argument only work when it supports yours?

cpsman_atlanta

August 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

I’m sure Bert and Ernie, if they had the money, would have bought and kept the Thrashers in Atlanta…

foughtforyourrights

August 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

Grammar King speaks the truth. Too bad the moral majority believes THEIR way is the only way.

Adam + Eve

August 11th, 2011
3:37 pm

For this to even have been comtemplated in the minds of gay people is completely outrageous. You people need to stop trying to gayify America!

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
3:37 pm

I do teach my children about homosexuality. I teach them that according to the word of God, it’s wrong. I teach to them to respect everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, color, ability, sex, etc. However, I will not teach them to go along with something that word of God speaks against just because society deems it to be okay. Society is not responsible for their souls, they are.

J C

August 11th, 2011
3:38 pm

Why do these PERVERTS want Bert and Ernie to get married? Are you serious? Geez… anything to promote the PERVERT agenda!!!

Bill

August 11th, 2011
3:39 pm

Grammar – do you know how many groups in this country are denied various “rights”? Not everyone in this country can get married. Not everyone can serve in the military.And so on and so on. Your line is a load. As far as being very secure, I’d disagree. Anyone who has to publicly shove their sexuality in other people’s faces is insecure – straight or gay. Anyone demanding attention based on sexuality is insecure with their sexuality. The person who just chooses to go on about their daily life without telling everyone who they prefer to have sex with is the secure one.

Rodney – your statement about the “lie”? You’re contradicting your own previous paragraph. You don’t know me or my thinking. So by default your back to back statements are hypocritical. Love the sinner hate the sin is not a lie. It is what God has done for us. It is what Christ lived for us. No one is perfect. We all live in sin, even those who are saved. But to know something is a sin and continually and defiantly live the sin after knowing that it is a sin and the consequences is where God draws the line. We will stumble. As long as we live here in this flesh, we will stumble. But if you choose to willingly stumble and to do so over and over – to give in to a fleshly desire rather than to give into God’s will and purpose, you, me, and everyone else will be judged on that.

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
3:41 pm

Baon Bob- Ernie and I was playing some basketball the other day. He told me that him and Bert needed to talk. I told Ernie when he talks to Bert to come straight and honest. I told him to talk from the heart not your head.

Bert

August 11th, 2011
3:44 pm

Really? – I think you have a skewed vision for what Christians are taught. Sounds like you could use a lesson in tolerance as well. Same with the other Lefties on here. I love how you all come on here saying how much you hate Christians and then say you wish everyone was tolerant like you. It’s really sad to see how the Left is filled with such hypocrisy – saying people should be tolerant but then hating those who differ with their opinion. Seeing how much hatred and vitriol there is for Christians, I’d honestly hate to be “tolerant” like the anti-Christians.

foughtforyourrights

August 11th, 2011
3:45 pm

Matt,
Try to stay on point. Can a 13 year old consent to anything? Has marrying your cousin to the 1st or 2nd degree ever been legal? The answer is no. The conversation has turned towards two consenting adults who are not related within the 2nd degree of familial relationships being able to have the same right as you do to come together as a family and have the protections of the state and federal governments to do so.

Haley Reinhart

August 11th, 2011
3:45 pm

I like buttsecs!

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
3:45 pm

I hope Bert and Ernie don’t split. Who will get the Midtown House? (value at $250,000)

Go figure

August 11th, 2011
3:49 pm

Enter your comments here

Go figure!

August 11th, 2011
3:50 pm

Well put Clemsondude. Cute girl has no idea what she is talking about!

ellen

August 11th, 2011
3:51 pm

Cute girl,

So when did you “choose” to be cute? Was it a lifestyle decision?

Baton Bob

August 11th, 2011
3:51 pm

@Zimride

If it’s 250-K in Midtown… it’s a condo.

ellen

August 11th, 2011
3:52 pm

Cute gril,

Or were you just born “cute?”

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
3:52 pm

Bert told me that Kermitt is always over his house. First, it was just watching the basketball games. (Dallas vs Miami) The guy would never leave. Miss Piggy was always calling over to his house asking about Kermitt. Ernie picked up the phone one time and told Miss Piggy “chill out-girl ” “me and boyz are just watching the games”

Rodney

August 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

Hey Bert – I can only speak for me. I consider myself a Christian. I believe, yes, in God. I believe, yes, in the goodness of people.

What I don’t like, and what people like you and Cute Girl and Bill and Matt and the rest can’t seem to grasp is that you’re trying to tell me (and other gay people) how I feel and why I feel and when I chose to feel a certain way. That’s arrogant, and any rational person should be able to see that.

So … that said … I’m out. Done. I neither have the energy nor the patience to deal with you all anymore today.

Just know this – the world is changing, for the better whether or not you believe that. You and your kind will be left with only your arrogant and myopic views. I feel sorry for you.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
3:56 pm

Ellen:

Yes I chose to be cute. It is my lifestyle decision. I’m not trying to force it on you or anyone else.

D

August 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

I’m sorry, but this doesn’t seem much else but another agenda of the “Hey! Look at me!” kind. Kids don’t wonder about these things… this is an adult discussion and as such should be left out of kids programs…

JJ

August 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street…………?

Pat

August 11th, 2011
3:59 pm

The ‘controversy’ is too silly to comment on, but I am curious:
Why are so many people so determined to argue with someone who has identified herself as “CuteGirl”? Doesn’t that usually indicate that the writer is about 12 years old?

Notahater - notasupporter

August 11th, 2011
4:01 pm

foughtforyourrights

August 11th, 2011
3:45 pm
Matt,
Try to stay on point. Can a 13 year old consent to anything? Has marrying your cousin to the 1st or 2nd degree ever been legal? The answer is no. The conversation has turned towards two consenting adults who are not related within the 2nd degree of familial relationships being able to have the same right as you do to come together as a family and have the protections of the state and federal governments to do so.

As last as 1989, in the State of Florida, it was legal to marry your first cousin. I know, I worked in the marriage license department in Polk County, FL. So, yes, it has at some point, and probably in most states, and certainly in the royal societies of Europe, to marry your first or second cousin.

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
4:01 pm

Bert drives a 2012 Honda Accord

Ernie drives a 2012 Ford Mustang

Kermitt drives a 2011 Altima

Miss Piggy – takes Marta

Sashie

August 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

Example: A passage in the New Testament that addresses same-sex intercourse is in Paul’s letter to the Romans where he writes, “For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1. 26-17, NRSV)

If we read these passages carefully, we see it is not passion that is bad, but degrading passions. It is not intercourse that is frowned upon, but unnatural intercourse. In other words, if you are engaging in sex acts that don’t feel right for you, then you should stop. For a heterosexual, it would feel unnatural to engage in same-sex activities. But for a gay man or a lesbian, the opposite is true! For gays and lesbians, the natural thing for them is same-sex intercourse.

I think Benjamin Franklin punched the issue right in the nose when he wrote, “Sin is not harmful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is harmful.” The fact is that it seems like most Christians need to step back from their Bibles, take a deep breath, and just ask themselves what the issue really is here.

Jesus had it right. The bottom line is this: who is being oppressed and persecuted? Who is getting hurt? Rape is bad—it hurts people. Pedophilia is bad—it hurts children. Violence is bad. Killing is bad. Starvation is bad. Lying is bad. Stealing is bad. War is bad. Racism is bad. Sexism is bad. These things hurt people.

And homophobia, too, is bad. It also hurts people.

Men kissing men in consent doesn’t hurt anyone. And neither does women kissing women. If they are consenting adults, it’s all good. And if they love one another, then God blesses that relationship. God really likes it when people love one another.

And we should too.

Bert

August 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

Rodney – yeah the world is changing. If you are a Christian then you’d realize that it is not changing for the better. Jesus’ own words verify this. Sorry to hear a Christian say the words coming straight from God’s Word are myopic. Feel sorry for me all you want. I am secure in my spirituality. God’s intent became distorted by sin – which is nothing but deviation from His intent. Like Bill said, sin is sin. People are telling you what God’s intent is NOT how you feel. Feel free to accept that or not. Feel free to argue with God. But to call yourself a Christian but then call Christ’s words myopic are a little confused in logic. You cannot pick and choose parts of God’s will and word but then call yourself a follower of God.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

Rodney (even though you’re out):

What don’t you understand? Nobody is telling you how you feel or chose to feel or whatever. We just don’t agree with you and that’s our choice. You have your choices and we “right-wing fruitcakes” have ours. Be fair about it. You want us to understand your choices and feelings? Well understand ours and we can all peacefully agree to disagree.

You are so right. The world is changing. All the things the bible said would happen in the last days are happening. I just hope you will be ready and right when the REAL JUDGMENT comes down.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:04 pm

Pat:

No it means the writer is secure in herself and has a sense of humor. Not going to use my real name. . . . Duhhhh!

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:05 pm

Sashie:

Welcome back!

foughtforyourrights

August 11th, 2011
4:07 pm

Notahater – notasupporter,

That is why I am not talking about those relationships. And by the way why was it changed?

Educating U

August 11th, 2011
4:07 pm

OMG! really cute girl….I can truly see there is no cuteness in being ignorant….being gay, a lesbian or transgender is not a choice for everyone…..Have u ever sat down with a group of any and asked why there that way????? I taught all 3 of my children to respect everyone….meaning gay orientated or not the same way unless it’s warrented….I work in the field of HIV with straight and gay people never have I heard the foolishness ur spewing or anyone that may agree with U…..This was about Ernie and Bert not no gays have this and have that….the picture is so much bigger than U…..U might wanna keep ur mouth closed on subjects ur not an expert on….TV & news doesn’t teach that WELL!

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
4:08 pm

Bert works as a Communication Director at Turner Broadcasting System

Ernie works as a Financial Coordinator for SunTrust Bank

Kermitt is a Mechanic for CCT

Miss Piggy is unemployed

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:10 pm

Educating U:

Thanks for joining the discussion, but let me educate you. This is no-name calling zone. Please voice your opinions, concerns, etc. without calling people out of their names.

Thanks,
Cute Girl

Prophet

August 11th, 2011
4:10 pm

Cute Girl

Keep speaking and tanding on Truth!

Sadly, my brother died of AIDS from being gay, if he were alive today he would tell people he made a serious mistake as opposed to what God had in store for his life. He would also say it was choice he made and had to suffer the consequences. He would also say I do not hate anyone. God allows people to make choices. I’m not the judge of people’s choices. No one make all the best choices. This world is about to reap some serious consequences for choices that leave God out. The prewritten prediction of fear, uncertainty, corruption, sensualilsm… it is because in general our choices do not include God’s word. we want the best of life in our own wisdom and terms. then we want safety, security, prosperity, jobs… and wonder why it is all disappearing.

I didn’t say it, God said it, i’m just saying what He said. You will enjoy the best that God has for you and family.

peace2all!

GrammarKing

August 11th, 2011
4:11 pm

Matt – I would argue that a 13 year old probably can’t make that decision for him/herself because their brain isn’t fully formed yet. When I was 13, I thought I knew everything. I didn’t, and I still don’t know everything. However, I have an open mind and am looking to increase my knowledge by opening my perception to other viewpoints.

I really can’t say anything better than Sashie did at 4:02. Read it twice, if you have to.

MLH

August 11th, 2011
4:14 pm

Grammarking, maybe you should read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

GrammarKing

August 11th, 2011
4:15 pm

CuteGirl – You think societal change that we see in our daily lives represent the End of Days as foretold in the Book of Revelations? So have thousands of Christians since Christ died. What’s different now? Also – you kind of contradicted yourself: you can’t teach your children to accept others as they are WHILE AT THE SAME TIME teaching your children that the gay lifestyle is sinful and immoral. Why would they respect something sinful and immoral??? [computer voice] “Does not compute.”

MLH

August 11th, 2011
4:16 pm

Or maybe even Leviticus 20:13.

Then you will know God’s view on homosexuality.

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

Bert is pulling in about $ 65,000 a year

Ernie is pulling in about $ 52,000 a year

Kermitt is pulling in about $ 40,000 a year

Miss Piggy is getting her $320.00 check per week for unemployment benefits

LAIDBACK2001

August 11th, 2011
4:19 pm

Being gay is not a lifestyle that everyone chooses to live. As a gay, black male it is hard to live in a society where the African American community finds it taboo and then you are ridiculed by the church all because you find love in someone of the same gender. Hypothetical question: Why would I stand before GOD and say to him yes i want to be gay; i want the ridicule; to be picked on; to be outcasted by family and friends; to sometimes live a lonley life; i want to make life hard for me? Does that really make any kind of sense…

Sashie

August 11th, 2011
4:20 pm

GrammerKing – I have a feeling no one read it.

You do not get AIDS by being gay. Point. Blank. Period.

Do some research about the percentage of people in Africa that have AIDS… and then tell me… do they have AIDS because they are gay?
You get AIDS by:

A) Sexual Intercourse. Both semen and vaginal fluid of infected individuals have high levels of HIV virus. This means that vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected individual can all transmit the virus successfully and to either sex

B) Drug Use. A needle used more than once by an infected individual to inject drugs typically harbors large quantities of HIV virus, both in the fluid that remains behind in the needle and in the hypodermic syringe. Anyone else that re-uses the syringe or needle will become infected. The use of intravenous drugs is itself dangerous both illegal and life threatening but if you engage in such folly, do not compound the damage by employing a used needle or syringe.

JT

August 11th, 2011
4:20 pm

@ MLH

OK…I’ve been waiting for the Leviticus scripture………..Christians are always saying that the bible is God’s word. How do you know that God said what’s actually written? I mean clearly the bible was written by men not God himself?

Baton Bob

August 11th, 2011
4:20 pm

+ 1
Cute girl.

Thank you… for your simple common sense to respect the diversity of all people.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:20 pm

GrammarKing:

You misread. I teach them to accept/respect a person, not their sin/lifestyle. We should love each other as Christ loves us. That doesn’t mean he loves what we do.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:22 pm

Laidback2001:

Holler at me on Judgment Day. I promise I won’t say I told you so. . . .

GrammarKing

August 11th, 2011
4:24 pm

So – every rule in the Bible stands as the word of God? What about Leviticus 25:44-46, where God advocates slavery? Or Exodus 21:7-11, where God suggests selling your own daughter into sex slavery? Or what about in Numbers 25:1-9 where God suggests killing everyone who follows another religion? Or when God suggests that women should submit to their husbands, in Colossians 3:22?

Let’s follow all of the God’s rules, then, hmmmmmm?

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
4:24 pm

This has been humorous

Treeofwoe

August 11th, 2011
4:25 pm

Consentual physical contact between two human beings for sexual purposes is indeed a choice. If it is not then we are animals acting only on impulse? I love the current “gotcha” phrase being toted by gay rights advocates. “When did you decide to be heterosexual?” They ask. The correct answer is everytime I choose to have sex with a member of the opposite sex. Sex is a voluntary behavior. Voluntary behavior never has been nor ever will be solely determined by genetic factors. Even Richard Dawkins…no friend of the Christian community admits that genes do not determine behavior. Nice try though. Do you really want people to think that you can’t help yourselves? Are we simply animals? Or is it much more honest to admit that is the behavior I would like to engage in? Having blue eyes is genetic. Some factors in attraction may be genetic. Behavior is choice.

As far as Bert and Ernie go. (A) They are puppets. (B) Can we not let children have at least a few years of innocence before introducting sexuality? Really?