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

Bill

August 11th, 2011
4:29 pm

Sashie – thank you for the theology lessons but your analysis is wrong. Unnatural in Paul’s eyes is anything beyond “God’s intent” as someone else said. I think the previously pointed out reference to God creating man and then creating woman clarifies God’s intent. Love and relationship is designed for man and woman to be each other’s help mate and to carry on the act of procreation. This is ‘natural’ to God and what Paul means. This is the expanded concept of marriage. Jesus in Mark 10 carried on this same logic – so both the Father and the Son confirmed this in both Testaments. Paul was a man of the Torah. He is consistent in his thinking and in his apologetics in this matter. Again, unnatural is something outside of God’s design, intent, and will. Man on man and woman on woman relations is counter to God’s purpose. Just because you call it ‘love’ does not mean God condones it. David loved Bathsheba. God condemned this ‘love’. God condemned adultery even if it is love.

MLH

August 11th, 2011
4:31 pm

It is a regulation for a practice that was already happening. It provided for the basic treatment of young poor women and poor families who could not afford to live without engaging in this. It was not chattel or sex slavery and if the girl was married into the family she was no longer a slave.

Slavery was permitted in the Bible because of sin in the world. It existed before the Jews were formed as a nation and it existed after Israel was conquered. God allows many things to happen in the world such as storms, famine, murder, etc. Slavery, like divorce, is not preferred by God. Instead, it is allowed. Where many nations treated their slaves very badly, the Bible gave many rights and privileges to slaves. So, even though it isn’t the best way to deal with people, because God has allowed man freedom, slavery then exists. God instructed the Israelites to treat them properly.

* The Bible acknowledged the slave’s status as the property of the master (Ex. 21:23; Lev. 25:46),
* The Bible restricted the master’s power over the slave. Ex. 21:20).
* The slave was a member of the master’s household (Lev. 22:11)
* The slave was required to rest on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10; Deut. 5:14)
* The slave was required and to participate in religious observances (Gen. 17:13; Exodus 12:44; Lev. 22:11).
* The Bible prohibited extradition of slaves and granted them asylum (Deut. 23:16-17).
* The servitude of a Hebrew debt-slave was limited to six years (Ex. 21:2; Deut. 15:12).
* When a slave was freed, he was to receive gifts that enabled him to survive economically (Deut. 15:14)

Zimride

August 11th, 2011
4:31 pm

Treeofwoe-thank you-they are just puppets

TECH21

August 11th, 2011
4:31 pm

While in a free country everyone is free to make their own choices so long as it does not effect the ability of other to do the same, let’s face it – gay people are mentally sick and perverted. Its Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. At its basic roots, sex exists to reproduce. If the option of homo or hetero was natural, then either would be possible for reproduction. Its not and thus gay sex is a perverted act. No different than having sex with animals, reproduction is not possible.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:33 pm

GrammarKing:

God advocates slavery: Been there done that.
Selling my daughter into sex slavery: Nobody can afford my asking price.
Killing folks of other religion: I only weigh 120lbs. Honestly who can I kill, weapon or not?
Submit to my husband: I do it every day. He knows he’s King of our house.

Next??

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:35 pm

Bill:

Sashie’s analogy is wrong because she interprets to fit her opinion. . . .

Warren

August 11th, 2011
4:38 pm

I agree children shouldn’t be exposed to degree of overt sexuality, that’s what HBO late night softcore porn is for. Still, you can’t sweep the issue under the rug. Especially considering the very special 1988 episode of Sesame Street where Maria & Luis were married on the show. Taking that into consideration, it would be appropriate, acceptable, and about time for a same-sex “real human” couple to be introduced on the program.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1c9×6_sesame-street-maria-luis-get-marrie_news

Not Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:40 pm

TECH21, by your logic any time a husband and wife have sex without the express intent of conceiving a child, they are in sin. I recognize that some people believe that and if that works for them, then more power to them. But I find neither argument to be reasonable. Go back to GrammarKing’s post. He’s got it right. For years, people have cherry picked Bible verses to reinforce and justify prejudice; focus instead on the larger truth.

Choices

August 11th, 2011
4:41 pm

It’s a shame that children are the puppets for the PC crowd but there is always the choice (I think we still have it) to turn the channel. Here’s a novel idea……..turn it off!

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:42 pm

Not Cute Girl:

Be original and get your own screen name. Stop copying me. . . .

Ernie

August 11th, 2011
4:42 pm

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

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@ Big Bird: Well aren’t you the pot calling the kettle black! Lol!

Not Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
4:44 pm

Bill, you are preoccupied with Paul. But Christ didn’t mandate following Paul’s orders as the way to live a Godly life. Christ didn’t say that the only way to God was through Paul, but through Christ. Christ was the Son of God, not Paul.

And what did Christ say about homosexuality? Nothing.

JJ

August 11th, 2011
4:46 pm

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

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jay

August 11th, 2011
4:47 pm

These comments from the Muppets are hillarious!!! “Dont do an 8 ball with Snufflufagus.” LMAO!!!

Bill

August 11th, 2011
5:01 pm

Not Cute Girl – If you actually read my posts you would have seen I was NOT preoccupied with Paul. My examples were of God the Father and God the Son. My reference to Paul was in response to another poster. Please, if you’re going to respond to my post make sure you actually read it and stay in context. As I said, read the story of creation of man and woman – and of God’s purpose for the two in relation to helping each other, supporting each other, what love actually is, and the purpose of procreation. Where in context is there anything different than love other than between man and woman? God defines love, marriage, relationships all there. As for Jesus please go to Mark 10 and see where Jesus actually reinforces the exact same story and to relate to marriage as well. God has clearly defined what love is and who it is to be between. His intended purpose is spelled out clearly. Anything different from this is not within God’s intent. Christ did not say a lot about a great many things. But as God’s Son he reinforces what God the Father already said prior to Christ coming incarnate. Christ did define love, relationships, and marriage. He defined God’s purpose for man. If you think differently you are free to do so but please do not put words in His mouth.

Jeff

August 11th, 2011
5:01 pm

Kudos to Cute Girl and the other normal adults on here… the LGBT culture is going TOO FAR, trying to FORCE the rest of the world to accept their beliefs as “okay” and “normal.” Well, sorry gay community, we’re not buying it. Some of us have moral principles that we value more than your sexual orientation, so we will never accept your lifestyle as acceptable to our families. We are not mean, hateful, or angry about it… but our commitment to our Faith is a LOT stronger than a commitment to make you feel “normal” and “accepted” by ALL segments of society in ALL facets of life at ALL times. Sorry, that is utopia and it will NEVER happen.

You want to go to college, own a business, run for city council, have a movie career, adopt a kid, even get married in some liberal states, that’s fine… but you WILL NOT force me and my family to accept you as equal on moral grounds as what my faith and conscience tells me.

To Clemsondude at 1:58 p.m…. If you are going to invoke God, about how “God help those people who make sexual issues and immorality their sole focus and issue in life” instead of taking a condescending tone toward a mother who, God forbid, actually is taking a moral stand for what she believes and how she chooses to raise her family.

Funny how free speech, freedom of expression, tolerance, acceptance of all beliefs and value systems, etc. seems to be the mantra for liberals and the LGBT community, EXCEPT when it comes to those who choose to hold more traditional, conservative family values… THEN it’s okay to berate them for what they believe.

Tolerance?

August 11th, 2011
5:14 pm

Tolerance is not making fun of someone’s faith just because you disagree with it. Tolerance is not using 5 year old language to attack those who differ from you. I really don’t want to be considered a part of this so called tolerant crowd who is on here mocking people’s religious beliefs, calling them backwards, and using the insults I hear in pre-K class each day.

Haley Reinhart

August 11th, 2011
5:15 pm

I would go down on miss piggy any day.

Georgia Peach

August 11th, 2011
5:17 pm

This is not even worth a conversation. I don’t run around yelling all day long that I’m a heterosexual. It’s nobody’s business. Neither is it my business if someone is gay. My best friend was gay prior to being taken by AIDS in the early 90’s. Yet he never yelled about it. He just lived his life as we all should, minding our own business. To think that someone even came up with this crap about Bert and Ernie speaks to the ills of our society. As if the idiots in Washington were not enough.

GrammarKing

August 11th, 2011
5:21 pm

You all have the choice to change the channel. Have your kids watch Veggie Tales, an overtly Christian cartoon. Or Thomas the Train, which has conservative and capitalist underpinnings in its lessons. You can try to keep your children close-minded for as long as they live under your house, and many may continue to think YOUR way for their whole lives. There is, however, a good chance they will widen their perspectives as they grow.

I in now way mocked anybody’s beliefs, just questioned them. If your faith isn’t strong enough to take a few questions (and many of you answered them – thanks!), then you have no part in participating in an adult conversation.

Jeff – it’s funny, you said you were not angry, hateful or mean, but your next few sentences came across exactly that way…weird.

No Common Ground

August 11th, 2011
5:22 pm

This bickering is pointless. The problem is that the starting points are too disparate for any communication to actually take place. The religious folks accept the Bible as the Word of God, others see it as just a book. It takes faith to believe in both positions. But if there is a sin at all here it is the arrogance to look at your own interpretation or position as the only one that has any validity. It goes against the spirit of Christ and turns people away from faith rather than towards it.

Just as James Dobson has done more to damage the message of Christ than anyone in recent memory with his arrogant dogmatism so do many of you who, while wrapping yourself in the Bible, don’t trust the spirit to work in the hearts of each man or woman so that they may come to an understanding of their own.

Does anyone really think that saying “Holler at me on Judgment Day. I promise I won’t say I told you so. . . .” does anything to bring people closer to their faith? It’s pure arrogance.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
5:32 pm

No common ground:

If I’m arrogant for Christ, then arrogant I am. I take the compliment with great pride.

Mark in Johns Creek

August 11th, 2011
5:32 pm

Thank God. There’s no reason to have to sexualize child-like and innocent characters like Ernie and Bert. Either straight OR gay, they don’t have to be sexual. Children of Sesame Street age don’t have to be sexualized whether gay or straight… This is just more of the gay community shoving their… agenda down everybody’s throats. I can’t even listen to classical music on public radio without them constantly pushing their agenda. I could care less what they do behind closed doors but they don’t need to air their sexuality in my face any more than I air mine in theirs.

BUBBA

August 11th, 2011
5:41 pm

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OH YEA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

John Galt

August 11th, 2011
5:42 pm

No Common Ground

Don’t talk about the “spirit of Christ” without understanding. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the light, and no man cometh to the Father except by me.” You imply that His was a spirit of “everybody figure it out for yourself” and that misrepresents Him. Those words are not ambiguous.

You don’t have to believe in the Bible, but if you don’t you really have no knowledge of Him, because that is how He has chosen to reveal Himself to Man. So if you reject the Bible you have no knowledge of Him except your imagination.

Try His book! You might be surprised at what you learn of Him; there is a lot of grey areas in there, but most of His teachings are clear. Maybe he drew you to this blog to spike your interest!

Not perfect, just forgiven- over and over and over again-

John Galt

August 11th, 2011
5:44 pm

PS-

I have lots of gay friends and they abhor gays who try to be provocative with stuff like labeling Bert & Ernie. They just want to live their lives like I do, and this kind if silliness just causes trouble for them.

Tolerance?

August 11th, 2011
5:48 pm

GrammarKing – come up with your own gay cartoon. Don’t sit there and threaten or intimidate other cartoons and shows to change ideologies or adopt an agenda which has NOTHING to do with the show. My children are taught the values from the Bible. If you don’t like that, have your own children and teach them differently. Don’t design a society to conform people to your beliefs. Nazis, fascists, and Communists do that. Or maybe this is what you like.

My own faith is very strong. It is backed up by God’s word. What you posted is not questions. It was very condescending and in a mocking tone. The fact you used the phrase “close minded” proves my point. Judging from you going back and forth on mocking and saying you didn’t mock, I’d say you have some issues you need to resolve with yourself and what you actually believe. Perhaps before you come on here judging people and their “close minded” beliefs, you will in fact get your own straight and figure out the contradictory thoughts you’ve made on here.

Mark in Johns Creek

August 11th, 2011
5:55 pm

Not to get off topic, but John Galt would be an agnostic or atheist like Ayn Rand and would not be writing about what Jesus said to make his points… I’ve read Atlas Shrugged at least twice and studied probably the whole Bible… and I struggle to reconcile the points that are contradictory between them because I subscribe to most of what Rand wrote except where it contradicts my faith… John, I like what you’re saying but I think you have the wrong pen name.

John Galt

August 11th, 2011
6:05 pm

We will have to agree to disagree, Mark, but I understand your point. Ayn Rand was a sad human being, but she produced a work of fiction 57 years ago that was eerily prophetic and reflective of 2011 America. Unless I missed it, the characters have no faith- admittedly, their morality reflects that of the author.

I admire Atlas Shrugged for its economic and political values, with which I agree.

I must say that I believe that Christ would have a problem with our nanny state. He taught accountability and gave individuals responsibility to care for the needy, not governments. Left wingers like Al Gore who longs for a socialist society but gave $300 to charity a few years ago are typical; it is easy to be a do-gooder with someone else’s money.

LilWookieMama

August 11th, 2011
6:10 pm

I’m glad the Sesame Street rep responded the way he did. This whole situation is absurd. If God believes being gay is a sin, I’ll leave it to Him to judge them accordingly, but in the meantime, If you want to pull the Bible card, God says to love thy neighbor. He doesn’t say to love thy neighbor unless they X, Y or Z. Until He sees fit to judge them (if He chooses to do so at all), I will continue to treat gay people with the same respect, kindness and consideration they show me.

I don’t know if being gay is a choice. I have gay friends who claim to have been born gay, and some that openly admit that they chose to be so. I’m not gay, so I can’t make that call. Live and let live – and leave Bert and Ernie alone. They’re puppets for crying out loud. Sex and sexual orientation (of any persuasion) has no place in a show intended for young children.

John Galt

August 11th, 2011
6:28 pm

I sign off with this final observation- a lot of people hate Christians, and a lot of people attack the Bible without knowing very much about it.

Christians are constantly attacked as being intolerant, but our culture has accepted intolerance of Christians as a very acceptable practice.

Finally; many, but not all, in the gay community hate Christians not because they treat them poorly or unfairly- there aren’t a lot of Westboro Church nuts out there- but because they know that we accept as truth a Book that will never approve of their behavior. Their inability to be accepted by Christians appears to be maddening.

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. God’s grace is big enough to save gay people, too.

Mitchell

August 11th, 2011
6:43 pm

I’m just glad that when I was growing up Bert and Ernie weren’t quite as gay as they are now.

It was a more innocent time then.

Not like today when you got gay puppets on TV teachin’ your kids to be gay and stuff.

Mitchell

August 11th, 2011
6:51 pm

God help us, John Galt.

Baton Bob

August 11th, 2011
6:53 pm

“God’s grace is big enough to save gay people, too.”

Well, Thank You.

Considering that we all one of God’s creations… is that not a given?

I love the way you still continue to label …”Gay people”. Not to be confused with Black People, Indian People, Lesbian People, or even Purple onions. Could it be that we all are just people?

Sheesh.

The moral majority

August 11th, 2011
7:17 pm

I don’t know if any normal person has mentioned this already because I don’t have time to read all 19 pages of comments. But, when did anything anti-homosexual automatically become “homophobic”? The word “phobia” means to fear something. The overwhelming majority of people in this country do not fear a gay man or a lesbian woman or any other confused and deceived person who doesn’t know who the hell they are. We are disgusted by their chosen lifestyle, but definitely don’t fear them.

Jamie Balls

August 11th, 2011
7:31 pm

I am not believing how mature people are so distraught…Our children are our future..We must teach them well…love one another and judge not that ye be judged..If we are comfortable with ourselves-we should get along…Our children are watching and hearing us..Sometimes the only Bible a person reads is your life…We must be mindful of what we say…don’t make our children be afraid to talk to us…It takes a village to raise a child….My Mom always said,”Charity(Love) begins at home and then spreads abroad”…Faith,hope and Love-The greatest of all is LOVE………..

Whocares?

August 11th, 2011
7:57 pm

Cute Girl?
you may think you are on the outside, but honey? Your poor logic, intolerance, and ignorance is truly UGLY.

Still waiting to find out when YOU chose your sexuality…and don’t hide behind the “My god made me that way.” He made my gay friends that way too.

I pity any children that spring from your silly body. I hope they aren’t gay.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
8:03 pm

Whocares:

Out of all the comments on this article, you singled me out. I feel so loved ;-)

By the way, since you’re so late arriving to this party, this a no name calling zone. Please refrain from calling anyone anything other than their screen name.

Thanks!

Carrie

August 11th, 2011
8:06 pm

Have you NO sense of humor? The entire Facebook campaign was mean to be fun!

Lighten up for Pete’s sake!

Catherine

August 11th, 2011
8:26 pm

Wow! Everyone is entitled to their feelings and thoughts and there is no need to tear anyone down but honestly I am so sick of Cute Girl. You have been on this blog for hours…You have children correct? Tend to them instead of trying to attack everyone who has a comment to your comments..You are very defensive for someone who is so strong in their belief..And you cannot tell someone to not call you out of your name…there is such a thing as free speech as you have proven on this blog for several hours…You are no one’s mother here…..

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
8:35 pm

Catherine:

Another fan. Love it. Please don’t concern yourself about my children. That’s my job. My point, which you obviously missed, is that name calling is so childish. Yes we do have free speech, but if you are going to comment on an adult board about an adult topic, then you should act like an adult. Say your piece respectfully of others. That’s all I’m saying. . .

James

August 11th, 2011
9:12 pm

CLEMSONDUDE Use your head. Do you know what a penis is for? It isn’t to sword fight with another penis. They are called “reproductive organs” for a reason. Being gay is MOST DEFINITELY a choice. And a choice I will respect of others to make. But for 3% of the population to push their agenda onto the other 97% of the population is wrong. Keep it in your bedroom. That’s where I keep my sexual adventures.

Catherine

August 11th, 2011
9:15 pm

But that’s the thing….You want people to be so respectful of you but your comments are not respectful of anyone else’s….And i dont have children so believe me not concerned about anyone else’s…ESPECIALLY YOURS…….The adult that you want everyone else to be…try it yourself..You might just like it…..And I got all of your points…Who didn’t? You have been on here for hours………

Anne Onnamouse

August 11th, 2011
9:20 pm

I don’t “hate” Christians, I do despise organized religion. It’s all about money. Same with Santa Clause and Christmas. Not about anything but spending money and marketing. Search youtube for George Carlin’s 9 min stand-up routine all about religion. He hit’s the nail on the head.

Religion is the pacifier for an insecure society. And it causes so many problems and world wars!!

As far as Bert & Ernie, the last sentence in the news piece was perfect: “Bert and Ernie could not be reached for comment because they are not people.” Love that.

Bozo

August 11th, 2011
9:24 pm

90% of this thread is complete rubbish. I’m not really concerned with what your mullah or your pastor or your rabbi tells you the correct configuration of genitalia during intercourse. What is relevant here is that it was never the intention of Sesame Street to make a statement about sexual orientation. All interpretations one way or the other say more about the politics of the speaker than anything else. That’s the point of the article. I imagine Mathis is giggling as we freakishly berate each other.

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
9:30 pm

Well my shift at work is over. Not really sure why I got myself involved in this discussion, when I could have been doing something more productive. But I did. However, I should have listened to Jay-Z when he said “A wise man told me don’t argue with fools cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who.”

Good Night All!

Catherine

August 11th, 2011
9:36 pm

Ain’t that the truth. Goodnight Fool!

Bozo

August 11th, 2011
9:37 pm

Thou shalt not steal. If you are at work and burning this much energy following thread on the Internet, you are stealing money from your employer. Or do we only pay attention to the scripture that is convenient to our political perspective?

Anon

August 11th, 2011
9:39 pm

I’ve never been attracted to my own sex, so I always start to wonder about the people that tell me that orientation is a choice. This idea must come from somewhere. Is there this large mass of society that finds their own sex attractive, but choose not to act on it?

Aquagirl

August 11th, 2011
9:43 pm

since you’re so late arriving to this party, this a no name calling zone. Please refrain from calling anyone anything other than their screen name.

Whoo-weee! That’s some pent-up bossy leaking out. I guess your Husband and King constantly demanding his sammich will do that.