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Sesame Street

Bert & Ernie AREN'T GAY!!!

8/11/2011 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Sesame Street has finally responded to age-old rumors that Bert and Ernie are gay -- claiming the infamous room-sharing man-puppet odd couple are JUST FRIENDS ... and have no sexual orientation whatsoever.

A petition emerged online this week, urging the creators of Sesame Street to marry the two puppets -- but the Sesame Workshop just posted a message on its Facebook account, writing, "Bert and Ernie are best friends."

The statement continues, "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."

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Ang    

I LOVE that they have to remind ADULTS that puppets have no sexual orientation! LOL

1068 days ago
32.

MoonDust    

They are freaking puppets and people want them to be married? That is the stupidest of things to even bother making a petition for. Some people truly have way too much time in their hands.

1068 days ago
33.

BoriMex    

UFFFFFFFFF THIS IS CRAZYYYYYYYYYY CAN WE JUST ENJOY THE SHOW FOR THE KIDS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! GOSH WHO EVER SAID THAT COMMENT IS TRULY NEEDING A HUG OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG I HAVE GAY FRIENDS BUT THIS IS NOT COOL AT ALLLLL!!!!!!!!!!

1068 days ago
34.

LARRY    

THIS IS THE MOST REDICULOUS THING I HAVE EVER HEARD OR EVEN READ ABOUT. BURT AND ERNIE GAY? THEY ARE JUST PUPPETS. THEY HAVE NO SEXUAL ORIENTATION WHAT SO EVER. THEY ARE JUST BURT AND ERNIE. LEAVE THEM ALONE.

1068 days ago
35.

jack-55d79    

When I was young enough to watch that it didn't even occur to me, but as an adult I always assumed it was an "The Odd Couple" like heterosexual arrangement (maybe even inspired by that film). Not that it matters to me either way.

1068 days ago
36.

Angel    

But Stewie is from family guy, he's really gay! Yah should check that out..

1068 days ago
37.

good as gold    

The new politically correct word for gay: heterosexually challenged.

1068 days ago
38.

Ollie_vee    

You know what the problem is with every one of your polls or opinion votes? You don't provide this vote alternative: "WHO GIVES A FU**???!!!"

1068 days ago
39.

Daved    

So what. So was Gilligan and the Skipper, Uncle Charlie, the dude on family affair, the dude on lost in space. This doesn't mean it has to be discussed.

1068 days ago
40.

tgrfan42069    

this gay craze is annoying...kids dont need to hear about straight dating let alone queers dating.they want to literally shove **** down our throats

1068 days ago
41.

Thomas    

Let me just say this every other Muppet represents a different minority and yet the gay population has yet to be represented. They are only asking that they be represented and Bert and Ernie be the first/only gay characters. And if you think that there are no minorities on Sesame Street then look at Rosita, Count, Cookie Monster you will have the immigrant the rich person and the binge eater yet where is the gay person WHERE now get over it they just want to be represented

1068 days ago
42.

samme21    

My goodness, why do people have to make such a big deal over a friggin KIDS SHOW!!!! They always have to complain about stuff. Let kids be kids and stop trying to poison a show for LITTLE KIDS. Children only see that they are friends, a 5 yr old is not thinking, hmm i wonder if they are gay, NO, let children stay children for as long as they can and stop trying to warp their minds too young.

1068 days ago
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chuck.bartowski73 : 10 minutes ago

Pathetic fa--gg--ots TMZ is and also whoever called for this is pathetic

Hey Chuck werent you the one that I saw blowing some mexican at a taco stop..and tou have the nerve to call people ***&ots..........go blow your mama!

1068 days ago
44.

mc nikkie     

wake up people its puppets i grow up with this show there two best friends it reminds me of the show the odd couple the old men staying together one was clean the other was dirty they remind of them

1068 days ago
45.

s    

What about Miss Piggy and Kermit? Aren't they a couple?

1068 days ago
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