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

Allyanaz

August 12th, 2011
6:59 pm

Good. I can’t believe that any gay or lesbian group would try to commandeer Bert or Ernie. They we made for children, not your cause (even though I support your cause with all my heart.)

stan

August 12th, 2011
7:44 pm

YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ……….THEY ARE PUPPET CONDOMS FOR HAND-JOBS ,BERT & ERNIE FAGS GALORE ON ” DO – EACH – OTHER – STREET ” !

Quwonetta

August 12th, 2011
9:47 pm

“The statement was made in response to an online petition…”

Whoever dreamed that up apparently was, like Capt. Link Hogthrob in ‘Pigs in Space’, struck by dumb-o rays.

Tasha

August 13th, 2011
1:00 am

just puppets you say???? Then why is it ok for Miss Piggy and Kermit to be married…I’m just sayin…love Sesame Street and all the wonderful puppets!!!!

Gay Guy

August 13th, 2011
8:20 am

Cute Girl is a really ugly person.

Dawn

August 13th, 2011
9:01 am

Ok, first I thought this article was funny. Im almost 40 and Ive already heard rumors about Bert and Ernie. Second, some of the comments on here disturb me. I believe it is ok for TV to teach our children about other peopls lifestyles and to be accepting of them. The whole “learning begins at home” statement backs up my belief. We have too many bigoted people/parents in the world who teach their children about hate and violence rather than acceptance and love. Maybe if they did teach about acceptance there would be less suicides and murders that the youth is going through now.

If Bert and Ernie want to be gay GOOD FOR THEM! I hope they do come out of the closet and get married. If you dont like it, no one is forcing you to watch it.

tom

August 13th, 2011
9:13 am

I can accept gay people, but to accept to change something that has always been, a kids show, into something else, sorry but no. if the gay community which im sure has their share of rich people and people in the tv/movie business want to make a “muppet” show with gay “tendencies” they COULD AND WOULD have done it, at least for the money, which makes me believe thats the reason they wont do it, they would go broke eventually trying to sustain a show a very, very, very small amount of people would watch.

none

August 13th, 2011
10:43 am

You can not teach a person to be straight, gay, lesbian, or transgender. There is no mechanism for reinforcement to alter a persons identity on such a deep level, in my opinion. However, being exposed to sights of happy gay people will inform children that being homosexual is not some evil part of life that needs to be shoved into a corner, minimized, and whispered about in hushed terms of utter hate and discontent, but rather a natural biological impulse the same as heterosexuality. The religious fringe need to take the first large step in the right direction by admitting that they are no longer the defining moral compass for this planet. People have broken free from the aeons of oppression and we have moved above and beyond. We no longer need these outdated codes that were invented to suppress the lower animal in us all. I think that as a whole, humanity is ready, or almost ready, to ascend. It’s up to each of us to do our part. It’s so easy if you look without your eyes.

The Truth is Out There

August 13th, 2011
12:49 pm

I think the push for this probably came for the same drive that has always made this show a safe haven for diversity. It’s always been a place where all people can come together to learn and grow. Why should it be any different now.

Geez....

August 13th, 2011
1:24 pm

I don’t care what you choose to do in your bed and I don’t care what lifestyle you choose, but don’t force your sexual choices on my little kids.

Georgiaman

August 13th, 2011
2:36 pm

Clemsondude…You don’t choose to be straight, you choose to be gay. It is a choice, and is not natural. Look at the animal world, homosexuality is not natural there either. And by the way, God is the only one who can save this world.

WhatTheDuckEver

August 13th, 2011
2:52 pm

As a teacher and gay male who is comfortable with his lifestyle, sexuality, and sexual orientation (which are three totally different things, CuteGirl), I have to note that it’s a little silly for people to infuse the show’s primary intent with subjective bullcrap that pertains to sexuality, lifestyle preference, or anything like that, especially when that age group can’t properly assess issues such as this one.

It’s important to teach kids that everyone is different in many ways, but it’s also dangerous to assume that sexual preference should be the ONLY thing that makes someone different than everyone else. My life is my business, and I don’t aim to “teach” anyone how to live a life of homosexuality. Hell, there are many heterosexuals who insist that there are lifestyle choices that only “heterosexuals” make. Does my lifestyle keep me from paying my bills or doing my job well? It hasn’t yet, and I don’t think it will. Differences are differences! Teach kids to be discerning, self-reliant, and self-sufficient thinkers, parents! It’s not all that serious.

none

August 13th, 2011
2:54 pm

If he can save us, why has he left us to our own devices since our beginning? You say homosexuality isn’t natural? Well we’re all a product of nature, so obviously it’s natural. What isn’t natural is marriage. Have you ever seen two animals in wedlock? Most animals will as soon kill there spouse and children than spend the rest of their life with them. In fact, however, there have been the obvious observations of animals that show no interest in what they’re mating with. Most animals are known to “hump” pretty much anything. You can slap that dog away all day, but as soon as you turn around he’s going right back. I digress. My point is that it’s not up to us to decide what’s best for anyone else unless it directly affects the survival of the whole. Murder, rape, and theft are things that hurt everyone. Homosexuality hurts no one. The only person hurt is yourself. You constantly judge and condemn. You don’t even realize that you’ve given up any chance of hope, happiness, or freedom. I weep for these people that are so full of contempt and hate. You’ve whisked away this life that was freely given by trying to take away the freedom that others try and enjoy. I plead to anyone who has anger in their heart to let it go. No happiness can be found in the attempted forced salvation of others. Help those who want it, guide those who are lost, lend your hand freely to any who needs it, regardless of race or creed. We are all sons and daughters of the same One, or whatever you’d like to call it. I believe it’s time we start acting like it.

Cute Girl

August 13th, 2011
3:15 pm

People are still on here hating on me! Wow! So much love! LOL!

People usually do tend to hate the truth when it doesn’t line up with what they believe to be true. For all those who misunderstood me, I can believe what I want to believe. I believe homosexuality is a chosen behavior and a sin. That is my right. The gay and lesbian population believe they were born that way. That is their right to believe that. Frankly my dears I don’t give a whoot-nanny what you do in your bedrooms, but when you try to inject that lifestyle into the minds of innocent children, then I do have a problem with it. As far as turning to the TV channel to something else? You better believe I will. I am very diligent in monitoring what my children watch on TV. But I do realize I can’t always monitor what’s being fed into their minds when they are at school, a friend’s house, etc. That is why I will raise my voice and stand up against anything that goes against the word of God. And if that means being ridiculed, slandered, talked about, disliked, hated, then I wear those compliments as a badge of honor.

The Truth is Out There

August 13th, 2011
3:29 pm

But by saying you don’t want others beliefs forced upon you are forcing you beliefs upon others but preventing them from seeing what they believe and agree with. Tolerance should be taught at all ages.

No Name

August 13th, 2011
3:51 pm

I really think this has gone to fare when we start saying Cartoon Characters or Puppets from a children’s show (which is what Sesame Street is) are gay. We have all watched Sesame Street as kids growing up and I never thought in my entire life that Ernie nor Bert were Gay men. I am so so tired of having the gay life style shoved down our throughts and being told we have to except it. If they want to be gay that is fine. I have no problem with it until they start trying to make every straight person out there into a gay person. I also hate hearing everyone that is gay say they are born that way. You were not born that way. God did not make you gay. Something happened in your life that made you some where down the line choose to be Gay. God created Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve. You have a right to live your lifestyle but stop trying to cram it down everyone’s throats that you are gay and maybe people will except your lifestyle a little more. As a heterosexual I don’t try to crame my lifestyle down your throat and I don’t go out in public kissing and groping all over my husband so other’s will see like a lot of gay’s especially young one’s do. I don’t care to see that from any couple gay or straight.

No Name

August 13th, 2011
3:52 pm

Should say far and not fare in my last comment.

No Name

August 13th, 2011
3:53 pm

That should also be throats and not throughts. Sorry I did not do a good job of proof reading before posting.

Truth teller

August 13th, 2011
4:11 pm

I completely agree that is stupid to assume that just because 2 members of the same sex are really good friends, that means they are gay. Just like its is stupid to say that 2 people of the opposite sex are having sex just because they are good friends. And I understand Sesame street saying that they are puppets and don’t have a sexual orientation. However, making Ernie and Bert a gay couple would be a great example for kids so they wont grow up to be hateful homophobic bigots like some of these commenters. It would be an awesome groundbreaking example. I don’t understand people with anti gay views. As a human being, a sign of intelligence is putting yourself in other people’s shoes and understanding others. Just because you are white, American, straight, tall, or rich does not make you inherently better than anybody else. People need to educate themselves. The Bible is not the end all be all. Remember it was written by men (Not Jesus himself) with their own biases and fears, as evidence by the puzzling nonsensical stuff written in it.

Jeff

August 13th, 2011
5:00 pm

How do I know homosexuality is genetic and not a choice? I am a straight male. I have gay coworkers who live together with big incomes and no kids and are incredibly happy. I was soooooo envious. I closed my eyes, clicked my heels together three times and said “I choose to be gay, I choose to be gay.” When I opened my eyes, I still only wanted to have sex with women.

Femme

August 13th, 2011
5:11 pm

Grammarking…how is it not possible to teach your children tolerance of an individual without having to accept their lifestyle choice. Just because one accepts another as an individual person doesn’t mean one has to engage in the same lifestyle/behaviors as that other. I have gay friends who are wonderful, caring people…but I’m not going to have a lesbian relationship because of it.

Generally-speaking: To call yourself Christian is to understand what is right/wrong per the Word of God; we all have the option to follow His word or not follow it…but you are also choosing whatever consequences follow your choice/actions. I’ve read most of the comments on this post…some I agree with and some I don’t but in my opinion 100% of what we read in the Bible is interpreted in our own manner…interpretation may be affected by desire to live our lives the way we want and make it seem okay so the anticipation of consequence no longer exists or affects us. If you feel you are living a Christian life, gay or not, then the only thing you have to worry about at night is whether or not the goal you wish to reach within your Christian lifestyle will be met when you reach the end of your road. If one is secure in that, then nothing anyone posts in this forum should affect you enough to have to comment back…but if you think you may be swaying or have fallen off the Christian path there is nothing wrong with trying to right your wrongs and continue down the right path.

Whether another agrees or not…it is still my opinion. And BTW..this forum is based on.the presumed sexuality of puppets? Really? Puppets?!?!

OHPLEASE

August 13th, 2011
5:14 pm

What fruitcake got it in their gay little head to wonder about whether Ernie and Bert were Ernie and Roberta?

Michael Jackson

August 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

They’ve both stayed at my house.

Boss

August 13th, 2011
5:40 pm

People can’t judge people??? Only God can judge someone??? Now, we can’t send people to hell. But, where do you get that notion from? On Monday, walk into any court room and watch a defendant spill that non-sense and see what happens to him/her. The judge is going to pass judgement. We judge things and people every day. This person has ‘good judgement’ and that person has ‘bad judgement’. Let’s get rid of the political correctness and call right ‘right’ and wrong ‘wrong’.

K Jeannene

August 13th, 2011
5:43 pm

Jeff

August 13th, 2011
5:45 pm

Now I’m confused. Were all of my discarded sock puppets secretly gay?

Mad Russian

August 13th, 2011
6:43 pm

Yet another news story designed to distract Americans from the real problems in this country. If this is considered news, then we definitely have plebes working for our mass media. What’s even better are the plebes that are going to talk about homosexuality being a “choice” and how this may influence their child’s decisions about their sexuality. Just a question, when did you choose to be straight? Oh, you can’t remember because you didn’t make a choice. Being gay or straight isn’t a choice, it’s who a person is so accept them. It’s always good to giggle at these sort of “controversies”. Morons.

I love a good debate

August 13th, 2011
7:41 pm

@ bill, humans eat their own feces and eat their young, as well as kill their young and mutilate their young. We are, at our worst, some of the worst animals on this earth.

confused

August 13th, 2011
10:39 pm

Just an observation – but why is it that everyone thinks it’s okay to tell homosexuals to “shut up” about their “lifestyle choice” and stop “ramming it down our throats” and then go on to tell everyone else that they are doomed to hellfire and damnation; quote a bunch of things from the bible which is in essence merely a manual for their “lifestyle choice”. No – I’m not gay. I’m very straight, but I’m also wise enough to know that I don’t know everything, and therefore I am in no place to judge others. I’m not saying the religious folks are wrong in their beliefs – how would I know? I’m just saying that none of you know FOR SURE that who one chooses to love, so long as it be between 2 consenting adults, is wrong. Just stop and think before you post … are you maybe the pot calling the kettle black?

mamita

August 13th, 2011
11:19 pm

I don’t think Bert and Ernie are comfortable coming out yet. They’ve been in the closet now for 42 years, I still don’t think you will find them in their assless cchaps at next year’s Pride Parade, much less in NY in matching tea length gowns with Mr. Snugglupagus (they adopted him in 1975) exchanging vows.

DJ

August 13th, 2011
11:23 pm

I am a 33 yr old gay man in a 14 year relationship with my partner. My 5 year old nephew lives with us and yes he knows that we are gay…..doesn’t really understand but as he gets older he will gradually get it.He does however know that it is ok to love whoever he wants to love without judgement. I did not teach him this , his mother and my mother did ! It amazes me when people say this is a choice …. as if they chose to love the opposite sex ….the truth is they didn’t ! You can choose the person but you can’t chose the sex you are attracted to ! It is proven that this is genetics.So when one person says ” Im not teaching my children that gay, lesbian and transgender are okay .” thats fine, it’s your perogative ….but watch what you say because it could come back to bite you in the butt later when your child tells you he or she is gay. Also the word “hate” mentioned above in another post is such a powerful word …..it does more damage than you think . I treat that word in my house as a curse word.
As for Bert and Ernie …..Im ok with them just being friends because thats all kids need to think they are until they are old enough to understand ……and I think a kid is old enough to understand when they begin to ask about it .

Skalgar

August 14th, 2011
12:32 am

CLEMSONDUDE to make the claim that someone is born gay leads down a dangerous path. So that means that pedophiles are born that way and to punish them for something they have no control over is wrong. And lets not leave out necrophileacks(I know its spelled wrong sorry) they just cant help it. Your argument basically leads to the grand conclusion of its no ones fault.

promoman

August 14th, 2011
3:16 am

This may sound insane, but the LGBT agenda is to indoctrinate their lifestyle on the most innocent of society..children. Why do you think the gays got Gov. Brown to sign a law in Calif requiring gay people who have made some kind of contribution to society, be included in textbooks beginning at the kindergarten level? Because if repeated over and over during their schoiol years, they will be fully swayed by the GLBT people that gay is okay, sodomy is normal and regardless what your parents or church teaches, they are wroing. Gays want their lifestyle forced on and in every area of society. They say they are oppressed, bullyied, no political clout and need special protections. Unfortunately our President is hell bent on pushing gayism on america under the guise of equality. The Bible says that “Righteousness exalts a nation,” NOT EQUALITY!!! If equality is the issue, then polygamy must be given the same protection, and incest relationships should fall under “equality” also. God established marriage not the state.. If God is OK with gay, then he messed up with Adam and Eve, and he is NOT omniscient, and has no clue what is best for his creation. The truth is, God is NOT MOCKED. You can choose to live by God’s law and receive his blessings, or violate his law and receive his wrath. That’ was the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah, and looks like the United States is headed in the same direction…with Obama leading the way..

happy

August 14th, 2011
6:37 am

finally something worthwhile reading. why spoil a cute relationship of friends after these many years. The gays can do whatever but do not change our world. We need some sanity for our children. They are growing up quickly in a world that feels the need to destroy childhood.

ott2know

August 14th, 2011
10:11 am

This whole conversation is too funny.Thanks for makimg my Sunday. I think I will go out and by a gun. (Mispelling on purpose)

MomOfSix

August 14th, 2011
10:15 am

Cute Girl:

RE: god’s word…

The bible also indicates that we can own slaves and gives explicit laws regarding how it should be handled if we beat them. It provides laws regarding selling ones daughter as a slave. It also states that anyone who strikes or curses his parent shall be put to death, so I feel for you if you ever had any arguments with your mother. And I certainly hope you don’t like your steak rare, because anyone who eats blood will be cut off from his people.

If you choose to take the bible literally, It would probably be in your best interest to actually read it to find out so many things that are and are not allowed.

Cute Girl

August 14th, 2011
11:16 am

Momofsix:

Your comment has nothing to do with anything I’ve said. Please stay on topic if you going to address me. I don’t understand gibberish.

Cute Girl

August 14th, 2011
11:20 am

Momofsix:

1) I can’t afford or find a slave due to the federal labor laws.
2) Nobody can afford my asking price for my daughter as a slave.
3) I’ve always been nothing but respectful to both of my parents.
4) I like my steak (and all other meat) well done.

Now what?

Saraphim

August 14th, 2011
12:15 pm

Everyone who thinks it’s wrong to be gay and that it’s a lifestyle choice peole can just switch on and off is just a narrow minded bigot. When did you decide to be straight? Is your sexual orientation something you consciously chose one day? Could you completely switch it off at will without just denying part of who you inately are? If your neighbor didn’t like it, would you pretend you are attracted to another type of person and suppress your true feelings, just to make them happy? I doubt it. So where do you get off expecting others to conform to your idea of normal? Why do you think they choose their sexual oriantation when straight people don’t? It’s not like gay people want to get persecuted by jerks like you. Clearly they don’t. So if it was just a lifestyle choice, you’d think less people would choose something that ostricizes them from the larger community, sometimes their family and even their religion. But people are still gay because they were born that way. I just look forward to the day that our culture has advanced enough that we are collectively embarrassed by people who think like you. Your views are as backwards as the old idea that being lefthanded was the work of satan and is therefore unacceptable. Someday our whole culture will see you for what you are – an intolerant, egocentric, hate-filled (or fear-filled) bigot who is an embarrssment to all civilized, enlightened people. We’ll look at you with disgust like we do the salve owners fo yesteryear and you’ll deserve it.

Paul Bunion

August 14th, 2011
12:24 pm

HA!HA! Rumors about Spongebob and Patrick exist. They are innocent cartoon characters. Nothing more!

Saraphim

August 14th, 2011
12:27 pm

By the way, Cute Girl, MomOfSix is not talking gibberish. You’re just too dense to get her point. She is assuming that your hatred of gay people is based on the bible, since that is at least what most intolerant people cite as their reason. She is debunking that oft used but ill suported argument on the basis that the bible says a lot of things that gay haters don’t also adhere to. Therefore, using the bible to support an anti-gay stance is hypocritical unless you also support slavery, think it’s perfectly fine to sell your daughter, etc. Apparently that aregument won’t work on you because you are worse than a hypocrit. You seem to think it’s OK to be wned as a slave and seem to have no moral problem with selling your daughter, you just happen to also be so greedy no one would pay your price. I’m glad I’m not your daughter! You’re apparently pretty amoral! Maybe you and Hitler could have been buddies if you had been born at a different time in history.

Oren

August 14th, 2011
12:42 pm

Puppets don’t have a sex but gays only have one, none.

I’ve watched a number of people reach a certain age and make a decision to pursue this gay lifestyle which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I was a choice. Maybe they are puppets when they do it?

Daimen Bokk

August 14th, 2011
4:21 pm

I suppose clemsondude has no choice but to be an idiot, after all he was BORN that way.

Daimen Bokk

August 14th, 2011
4:30 pm

How can genetics make people gay? gay parents? I think not. Where does the gay GENE come from, daddy and daddy or mommy and mommy? I have NO problem with people choosing gay,les etc But forcing us to belive that we do not have control over our actions is simply hiding from the truth that YOU do have a choice, and I will keep my choice! you can give your chice away, because gays don’t reproduce, unless they are bi? funny if born Gay but had kids in the past when did you choose to switch?

Daimen Bokk

August 14th, 2011
4:31 pm

Anyone who says gay is born that way, simply does not realize we all have choices, and of course they are too STUPID to understand they too can choose, after all it is YOUR choice!DUH!

Cute Girl

August 14th, 2011
4:34 pm

Saraphim:

Why don’t you read before you speak? Not once anywhere on this board did I say I hate gay or lesbian people. If you want to be a lesbian, be a lesbian then! I’m not now, yesterday, or any other day saying you can’t be. What I’m saying is that based on the bible I read, it’s wrong. All have sinned and fallen short of his glory. But what makes me different is that when I sin, I repent and I don’t keep repeating that sin. I’m not here to judge you. I’ll leave that up to God. I could really care less what you do in your bedroom, but you will not subject innocent children to it. Not on my watch sweetie.

Daimen Bokk

August 14th, 2011
4:50 pm

Why did God wait so long in human developement to make people gay? of yeah there were gays in greece and elsewhere, but why wait so long to make so many?

Tom

August 14th, 2011
5:39 pm

I read a rumor that Perry the Platypus is into monotremes – it’s on the interwebs so it must be true…

Straight not narrow

August 16th, 2011
1:17 pm

Cute girl’s comments are not so cute. Why on earth would anyone choose to be gay? The thought of being with someone of the same sex is gross to me and that is because God made me straight. Others are born differently, it is the way God created them. If you don’t want to be with someone of your sex then don’t, but preaching hatred and intolerance is the most unchristian thing you can do in my opinion.

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August 16th, 2011
1:46 pm

saraphim= marta train prophet