Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie are best friends, not gays and will never be married

By on Aug 14, 2011 in Lifestyle, Parenting, United States Comments

Sesame Street puppets Bert and Ernie are not gays and will never marry each other; this is the response of Sesame Street Workshop to a request that the two should be married.

Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street
Image Credit: Lair Scott/

According to a post on its official Facebook page on Friday, August 12, 2011, Sesame Street Workshop said that Bert and Ernie are best friends and will not get married to each other.

“They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.” Sesame Street Workshop wrote.

Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets.” Sesame Street added.

Apparently, a woman named Lair Scott from Oak Park, Illinois started an online campaign last August 4, requesting that Bert and Ernie be married to each other, with more than 8,440 signatures as of this writing.

Below is the full transcript of Lair Scott’s petition, taken from

“In this horrid age of LGBTQ kids taking their own lives and being beaten for who they are, need to know that they’re BEAUTIFUL, as Christine‘s song goes. Bullies that facilitate those tragedies be it verbal or otherwise should be taught that homophobia is NOT okay. Children and parents need to learn that acceptance of humankind, even puppets, would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the universe. We are not asking that Sesame Street depict anything crude or disrespectful; this is NOT about any other issue other than education. Sesame Street claims Bert and Ernie are only friends, though that’s how marriage begins, right? If they are ONLY puppets, why do they have HUMAN traits and traditions and families? This should not be the end of the issue as why hasn’t Sesame Street extended an olive branch out to this new era of one worldness, be inclusive, and offer to develop contemporary LGBTQ puppets and human characters? It would prove to past and current viewers that it’s spelled L-O-V-E, not H8.

Although Sesame Street is not the only children’s multimedia educational marketing project, there are questions that blankets this entire awkward situation such as how many classic story characters have been created where the young character yearns nothing more than to be married for love and how many of them have been LGBTQ characters ? IF Cinderella was written in as a lesbian, how much would it change our “views” and affect our lives?? It’s only one question that needs to be addressed to include our global LGBTQ village.”

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