Monday, August 15, 2011

Bert and Ernie won't marry

This article contains an hi-larious description of puppet sexual preference.

[Producers of the] 40 year-old TV series [Sesame Street] dismissed the idea of a made-for-TV, same-sex puppet wedding in response to an online campaign and petition to have the two "Sesame Street" characters get married as a way to beat homophobia and encourage tolerance of gay people.

In recent days, almost 9,000 people have signed a petition encouraging the wedding at and/or become friends of a special "Bert and Ernie Get Married" Facebook page, sparking a lively debate on Twitter and other social media.

Bert, who is fascinated by pigeons and gets easily upset, and oval-headed, free spirit Ernie, have lived together at 123 Sesame Street since 1969. They share a bedroom, but sleep in single beds. Sesame Workshop noted on Thursday that as puppets, Bert and Ernie don't have sexual preferences.

"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," Sesame Workshop said in a statement posted on its official Facebook page.

The petition had argued that their marriage would help to put an end to bullying and suicides of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual young people. "We are not asking that 'Sesame Street' do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. It can be done in a tasteful way," the petition read.

I think it's really funny that they had to release an Official Statement RE: The sexual preference of puppets. Can't we just leave Bert and Ernie alone? If they are indeed gay, and IF they want to come out, then I will support them. I refuse to speculate about the private busines of two guys who have always been my supportive friends.


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