Bert & Ernie have been a Sesame Street staple since it’s early inception. Based on a simple drawing by Jim Henson, the Muppet’s characters and relationship reflects the real life relationship between Jim and his friend Oz. But the question has always been… are Bert & Ernie GAY?
Despite some of the speculation circulating, the answer has always been that the two are just friends and roommates. However, that hasn’t stopped kids (and adults) from asking the question when watching the popular PBS hit. Now, a petition on Change.org is seeking signatures for Bert and Ernie to tie the knot, allowing Sesame Street to take a big move in social responsibility and equal rights.
The idea is simple. Out Bert and Ernie and have them tie the knot on the show. This would be a great chance for kids (and even some parents) to see that it’s okay to be gay and that acceptance is key. Do you think that this would help stop bullying and homophobia in schools if it started on shows for young kids like Sesame Street?
It’s important for our children to be educated that it’s okay to be gay. For over 40 years, our beloved Sesame St. characters, Bert and Ernie, have been living as “roomates” and we would like PBS and Sesame St. to allow them to live as a gay couple and maybe eventually, marry. It would show children and their parents that not only is it acceptable but also teach children that homophobia is wrong, bullying is wrong and that Sesame street should recognize that there are LGBT relationships, families, and include them in their show.
A majority of the comments are in favor of the boys coming out but as you can imagine, it has sparked some controversy. I think this is a GREAT idea and that it would give GLAAD a million and one reasons to celebrate. It’s a game changer (wait, this isn’t Big Brother?). But what do you think? Should Sesame Street out Bert & Ernie or should they simply just introduce new gay characters to the show.
If you’d like to show your support, you can sign the petition HERE!