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

Cute Girl

August 11th, 2011
9:56 pm

Ooooweee! I just knew I would get some more love, so I just had to peek back in!

Catherine: Sticks and stones may break my bones. . . you know the rest. LOL.

Bozo: Oooh your name says it all. I shouldn’t even address you but I will. I’m not stealing from my employer. I get paid to be on the internet monitoring what other folks are doing. My commenting on this board is perfectly okay with my boss as he has postings on here too. Scroll back and guess which one is him. So mind your business or talk what you know.

Aquagirl: I am bossy. You’re right. Thanks for the compliment. By the way it’s sandwich. He likes ham and cheese with just a touch of mustard.

Old Geezer

August 11th, 2011
10:04 pm

Who cares about Ernie and Bert…it’s so obvious that Statler and Waldorf, the Muppets in the balcony making fun of the other Muppets were having their very own Brokeback Mountain sleepover up there.

Anon

August 11th, 2011
10:08 pm

“CLEMSONDUDE Use your head. Do you know what a penis is for? It isn’t to sword fight with another penis.”

There are actually a few species where this is exactly the case. They not relevant to our discussion, but are interesting little critters. For more information, look up “Penis Fencing.” Just make sure you keep Safe Search on while you do.

“They are called “reproductive organs” for a reason. Being gay is MOST DEFINITELY a choice.”

Because they are next to one another, I will assume those two statements are related. Is your logic here that because homosexuals are not using those organs to reproduce, being gay cannot naturally occur? Because while this appears true on the surface, there are reasons why individuals that do not reproduce can increase the fitness of relatives. It’s called indirect selection. Not only would it explain things like homosexuality, it also explains why humans live long past the age where they can have children.

Shocked

August 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

This is about the funniest thing I have ever heard. What is even MORE funny is the reaction of many of you folks over this. Yes, that is what really makes this funny! Do any of you really believe that SS would EVER bow to this petition? Not even on a cold day “down under”. But, I am sure you all feel much better now that you have been given just one more venue to express your hatred in the name of Jesus! Carry on!!!

Anon

August 11th, 2011
10:19 pm

Shocked: What amused me most were the number of commenters who had never heard that people suspected Bert and Ernie of being homosexual. We were making jokes about the two of them being gay when I was five years old.

Ackshun

August 11th, 2011
10:27 pm

this homo stuff is really getting outta hand.

Dawglawyer

August 11th, 2011
10:27 pm

Cute girl. I don’t think Sashie was trying to be mean. It’s just that you’ve chosen to close your mind. I’m guessing that’s because it’s easier to hate than love. You say that God hates homosexuality. Did he tell you that? Was anyone else around? If you condemn, you judge. No difference. But why don’t you sling another witty barb at me, like “grow up”? It IS very cute.

Shocked

August 11th, 2011
10:28 pm

Yes Anon, I heard them all myself over 25 years ago. I will never understand why folks get their panties in such a wad over what someone else does in their own bedroom. Personally, I could care less unless it is something I am interested in watching! LOL

Anne Onnamouse

August 11th, 2011
10:51 pm

What if….PBS released a story that said Bert and Ernie ARE gay? Very gay. Steeped in gayness. What then? Would the public be up in arms over this “revelation”? Or would people kinda smirk and say “so what!”?

This is quite entertaining reading these posts.

However….To think that some of these clowns are the same ignorant individuals that are next to you on I-75 or I-85 going 80 mph is quite frightening.

Have you googled YouTube George Carlin religion yet? It’s great stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcy40pvGIGQ

Anon

August 11th, 2011
10:55 pm

Anne Onnamouse: Can’t speak for the older generations, but mine would almost certainly smirk and say “I could have told you that one, PBS.” I’m not sure about the generation younger than me, but I suspect they would respond “Bert and Ernie who?”

may time

August 11th, 2011
11:02 pm

I heard that one of the teletubbies is gay. maybe burt or ernie can hook up with that character.

Shocked

August 11th, 2011
11:06 pm

No Dawglawyer, “God” did not tell her this at all! Man did. If it was not soo sad, it would almost be laughable! Gods word has been interpreted over and over throughout time to suite the needs of MAN at the time of each interpretation. 30so years ago I sat through a very enlightening study of the original Greek Scrolls. Part of that study involved language and what words meant and how they have evolved over time.

It was a very interesting study and it stripped away much of which I had been “conditioned” to believe. Yes folks, we ARE a conditioned people and it starts from birth from your own family, extended family, church, school, etc. We come into this world with absolutely no belief whatsoever and our belief structure is conditioned by those around us. Unfortunately, many, if not most, buy the bill of goods they are sold and never question anything as it must be right because momma, or (insert anyone who told you anything you believe) told me so.

God gave each and every one of us a brain with the expectation that we use it. He also gave each one of us a heart with the expectation that we follow it. He also created each and every one of us to his liking and loves every one of his creations the way HE created them. Sadly, too many live their lives being what others tell them they should be never using their brain to ascertain what is true and correct and never find themselves in their own heart to be able to follow as the heart directs.

I am thrilled with the God I know as he is not the condemning God I was conditioned to believe in. My God is loving, nurturing, gentle, abrupt when needed, allows me to make mistakes and shows me the path to correct them while still holding my hand and patting my back letting me know he is there and loves me and that my mistakes are okay. He also has a fantastic sense of humor! He sits laughing at his children much like a parent does when they see their child doing something silly. Right now I know he is sitting shaking his head and thinking, one day, yes, one day they will get it!!!

Live life like there is no tomorrow :-)

SMH

August 11th, 2011
11:34 pm

So there are gay people and straight people in this world…WHO THE F CARES? Is it affecting your daily life. Do gay people force you to watch them be gay? Do they have gay sex in front of you? Who cares if it’s a “lifestyle choice” or they were born that way, it’s their life, they can live it how they choose. Anybody who tells someone else how to live or condemns them using “the word of the Bible” just because they’re a little different is just covering up for their own deficiencies. Nobody is perfect and nobody else has the right to tell someone how to live. It’s their choice. I’m so sick of seeing everybody trying to push their agenda on other people, whether their gay or straight. This is a free country, correct? Or did something change and now we all have to be robots and live our lives the same as everybody else? Just checking.

TheLazyComic

August 12th, 2011
1:22 am

Wow, I always thought they were Lesbians. Honestly people… who thinks this crap up? And if Bert & Ernie were Gay… WHO CARES ?? I do love the line about them not being available for comment… because they aren’t people. That was hysterical. Some folks should buy a clue… but there isn’t enough money on earth that could help them.

KimZ'sPackage

August 12th, 2011
1:32 am

Bert has a head like a penis and Ernie has a mouth like a vagina. Yes they are just 2 straight guys living as life long friends. Bill Clinton didn’t inhale or have sex with that woman either.

movingtocanada

August 12th, 2011
2:17 am

im sorry, which version of the bible are you referring to? they were all written by illiterate storytellers playing the longest game of telephone ever.

if its true that 1/4 of the population is retarded, i think i live in the same state with the majority of them.

Mike Hunt

August 12th, 2011
2:36 am

Why why why would you even write this. you ruined my childhood. I could understand you saying Oscar the Grouch was taking the old salami from Big Bird. That would explain why he is so grouchy. But Bert and Ernie, I mean Ernie is such a happy go lucky guy and Bert is such a rat. Then again they did like to play with his Rubber Ducky in the Tub. I know some girls who like rubber toys in the tube but not any guys and I would like to keep it that way. Who do they say was the pitcher and who was the catcher. I guess Bert might have been the catcher as he was always mad. Ernie must have been the pitcher as he always had that goofy smile and laugh like he was getting away with something. I hope poor Bert sues for sexual misconduct at work!!!

shaggy

August 12th, 2011
6:38 am

If only the people here were so passionate about issues that matter, like the religous facist militants that want to kill us, simply because we are Americans and free, or the decline of manufacturing in our country that for so long, was the poster boy of the world for manufacturing. There are many other issues that matter and this one is not one of them.

Bert and Ernie are way, way, way, way, way down on the list of threats to our country.

Sarah

August 12th, 2011
8:42 am

“…they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation,” That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.

james

August 12th, 2011
8:44 am

you done lost your damn mind. dumb ass’s

Debi

August 12th, 2011
8:49 am

The homophobes of the world need to get a grip on reality. Children watching Seasame Street do not think the same way you homophobes do.
Stop trying relate ANYTHING having to do with children a sexual experience for yourselves.

Okay, Burt « The Grit Tree

August 12th, 2011
9:02 am

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Scott

August 12th, 2011
10:00 am

Cute Girl–”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.” This would be the same as telling African Americans that they can now drink from the same water fountain as Caucasians, aren’t you happy yet? What you fail to realize is that equal rights are still a problem in this country for many minorities. Ignorant folks such as yourself probably do not identify as a minority, therefore, you choose to say, “Doesn’t affect me and my sheltered life.” You have bigger hang-ups than just Bert and Ernie.

Jesus Chrysler

August 12th, 2011
10:10 am

F-ck christians.

shamed

August 12th, 2011
10:44 am

LMAO I THINK THIS WHOLE STORY IS HYSTERICAL…… BUT THE LAST LINE “BERT AND ERNIE COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT HUMAN’ IS PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!

Marinemom

August 12th, 2011
11:01 am

From most of the posts I’ve been reading, Gays and lesbians ask for and demand tolerance because of their sexual orientation. Yet these same people do not want to be tolerant of those who do not agree with their sexual orientation. These same people do not want to be tolerant of someone’s religious beliefs because it does not agree with their line of thinking or lifestyle. If you believe a children’s show should be more diversified, produce one. Leave Sesame Street and the Muppets out of it.

Tyler Durden

August 12th, 2011
11:03 am

I don’t know if Ernie and Bert are gay, but Snufflefulgus is a straight pot-head. Zoe has definitely hit the pipe and the count is a trannie…..

As for all the Sodom and Gommorah comments- the problem wasn’t homosexuality, it was that the cities forgot to take care of the poor and the sick, they were lazy, and arrogant jerks see Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

Hmmm- lazy, haughty people that hate the poor…sounds like republicans to me…

Tyler Durden

August 12th, 2011
11:19 am

anayaone else find it funny that @John Galt is spouting off about the bible? In that BS Ayn Rand book, Galt is an atheist. So was Rand…..I love the ignorant mouthbreathing masses…

Tyler Durden

August 12th, 2011
11:22 am

Opening scene: cute girl, in a trailer, menthol cig hanging from her mouth, Springer on in the back ground…pan to kids running around all dirty feet in diapers in the front yard playing with a pitbull…pan back…cute girl, using her commodore 64 to espouse hate on the internet…cue banjo music…

Leanne

August 12th, 2011
12:00 pm

cute girl should change her name to uniformed bigoted girl

Leanne

August 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

i mean uninformed…that was my rage typing before

Leanne

August 12th, 2011
12:05 pm

or, “ugly girl”

Leanne

August 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

because of the way she thinks

Ms. G

August 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

OK, people… They are MUPPETS… There is an 10 foot tall bird… Is someone going to demand that Oscar have a home so he doesn’t have to live in a trash can? Let kids be kids!

Michael

August 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

I sure folks would learn how to spell before they came on here bashing other folks. Sheesh!

Michael

August 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

Leanne
August 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

So people’s thoughts make them ugly? You just think someone is ugly because they don’t agree with your thoughts. Guess what that makes you? A selfish ignorant bigot.

loveley

August 12th, 2011
1:01 pm

THATS STUPID children dont know about that mess our society tries to shove it down their throats every chance they get and they use TV TO DO IT thats why we as parents need to stop letting TV raise our children this world needs JESUS.

DagnerMouse

August 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

Wow. Just read all of the comments, and just…wow.

Cute Girl was not disrespectful once, was not judgemental, was not insulting, was open, friendly and honest to all. She has even attempted to rise above the knee jerk reactions of so many posters here by joking about snide or snarky or meant-to-be-insulting comments others have made, turning them around and “owning them”, in every case efficiently defusing any hostilities. Which a number of you folk seem to resist, intent on attributing to her motivations and attitudes which are simply not evident in her postings.

If this thread represents the general level of reading comprehension and debate skills available in the Greater Metropolitan Atlanta area, may the gods help our fair city.

Kathy

August 12th, 2011
1:32 pm

Burt and Ernie have always been best friends !!~ Duh =0) Always Kathy

Kathy

August 12th, 2011
1:34 pm

The Rubber Duckie (song) and C is for Cookie (rocks)

Bless Your Heart

August 12th, 2011
1:51 pm

Really? The gay & lesbian community has demanded of US for years to stay out of their bedrooms, but really they want to to keep looking. I truely believe that there are people that are born gay, but what we have now is a push for a lifestyle that is mainstream. There is truely a population of screwed up young adults that “thought” they were gay and led a bi-sexual lifestyle, that finally came to the realization they were straight – screwed up sexually but straight. All it takes is for someone to put the thought in your head you might be gay, and the sex drive takes over. These folks will never know right from wrong to some extent.

The Gay, Lesbian and Bi community better cool their jets a bit. You start messing with mainstream American children and you are likely to see a backlash. Most Americans have been tolerant and accepting, but you are going to reach appoint where enough is enough. Someone, anyone tries to mess with my kid and convince them he/she is gay/lesbian better watch out. Bless your heart if you mess with my straight kids!

stephanie

August 12th, 2011
3:52 pm

wow…….I never even considered them dating???? who thought they were more than friends??

Shocked

August 12th, 2011
4:38 pm

If you were trying to touch up a painting with many colors that intersect, would you use a large broad brush? Nope!!! Then why do soo many of you use such a wide broad brush slamming the entire gay community over the actions of a few? This is not something done to just the gay community either. A few folks of color do something wrong and it is said, that is what is wrong with the black community. A Few (insert anyone here) do something wrong and then (the folks inserted) get the whole blanket treatment as well. The actions of a few does NOT represent the actions of all as a whole, never did and never will.

Chill Out!

August 12th, 2011
4:48 pm

This petition sponsored by change.org is hillarious. Do you really expect to be taken seriously when you make silly demands of a beloved childrens television program? A quest like this will do more harm than good, but hey – knock yourselves out! Sometimes people should really stop and think before they act. One can become their own worst enemy when demands like this take place.

In a quest for more acceptance, what they have probably done is created more intolerance. Not all publicity is good and you really have no one to blame but yourself when it backfires (or fizzles out).

You can’t fight fire with fire. You can’t beat the bullies by being a bully.

Funny not "Funny"

August 12th, 2011
5:04 pm

@ Shocked

I am sorry, but the “Pride” festivals that are held ad naseum do more to sterotype and harm the gay and lesbian community than anything! This petition is like a small cherry on top of their huge banana split!

“We’re here we’re queer, get used to it” … essentially means “My way or the highway”.

I am not gay, so that guess it means I dress like a complete and utter slob and my home will never be featured in an interior decorating mag. My life will never be complere with that immaculate recognition (sarcasm) ;)

Ms. Information

August 12th, 2011
6:08 pm

lol @ Big Bird…………….needed that one.

Ms. Information

August 12th, 2011
6:14 pm

Please stop comparing the plight of black people to that of gay people…..TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLIGHTS…

dizbln3

August 12th, 2011
6:31 pm

This is crazy…My daughters, then my grandsons have watched Sesame Street for years…they have learned things like friendship, caring for each other, NEAR N FAR…ALL THINGS THAT ARE NOT DONE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…What someone does behind closed doors is no one else’s business and should not be on Sesame Street!!!!

proudtobe

August 12th, 2011
6:42 pm

I am a gay man and proudly getting married and certainly never chose to be gay and I think children should be taught tolerance of sexual identity just like they are taught tolerance of racial differences. That being said, WHO GIVES A CRAP if Bert and Ernie are gay. I guarantee the kids don’t care what they are as long as they make them laugh. Petition for Seseme street to come up with a gay character if its that important to you. Whats next, showing Scooby and Shaggy having glaucoma and getting high for medical reasons.

Me

August 12th, 2011
6:53 pm

The crazy left wingers whine about how religious people are shoving their views down people’s throats yet these same left wingers have no problem with shoving their views down people’s throats.

They whine about bigotry yet practice bigotry towards people who don’t share their backward Marxist views of the world.