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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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46.

Teresa    

why do people always try to make something out of nothing.

982 days ago
47.

ALL    

I just thought they were Adam Corolla and Jimmy Kimmel.

982 days ago
48.

DEE    

For starts I am older than Sesame Street only by 2 years. Anyway if Bert and Ernie were Gay believe you me when when Sesame Street aired them when it first came on parents would have protested it and made sure they were taken off. Allot of people my age when we were kids we all thought they were brothers. But come on people be serious do you think kids are worried about Bert and Ernie being gay? They don't even know what it means. WOW JIM is probably rolling over in his grave right now.

982 days ago
49.

Brandy    

People need to stop during everything gay. I have nothing agianst gay people, never have and probably never will, but these guys are two puppets for a kids show. There is no need to make them gay characters, as its a show for children, not for the grown adult. If you watch the show when you were a child, gay or not, you would know, they have always been just "Best Friends"!! & Im proud that the creators have made that True Statement! Lets keep it that way!

982 days ago
50.

Linda O    

Let children be children. Pre-schoolers don't need this sexuality crap shoved down their throat. They will learn about it soon enough.Let's keep our children innocent as long as possible.

982 days ago
51.

JB    

So that's how it goes now uh? If two guys are friends or roomates they MUST be gay. That's narrow minded, intolerant, and down right insensitive by the gay people who demanded to know and assumed so. Nothing like stereotypes I guess....but wait I thought gay*****e stereotypes? I guess I am confused......

982 days ago
52.

skylynn    

their just puppets whats the big deal.. and why are you trying to make a show for kids about sex and everything else. they dont need to know until their parents are ready to tell them about sex and 2 of the same sex are dating.. but thats just me

982 days ago
53.

Lolly    

"People can be good friends with people very different from themselves" is the Sesame response because when they were created Bert was intended as the nebbish, cranky Jewish guy and Ernie was short, chubby, mild-mannered Hispanic guy. Like my two gay neighbors that got married last week! Yay!

982 days ago
54.

Kevin    

Laurel & Hardy used to be seen in bed together in their films didn't they?

982 days ago
55.

GOLDENGIRLGIGI    

This is a disgrace...period.I feel sorry for the children today. They will never know the joys of being a kid and when to be grown up because grown ups are trying to legitimize gay rights through children and it is sad. truly sad to think that you sex crazed perverted freaks can look at two puppets and imagine them being sexual partners...the people who want this to made a public issue are sick in the head and just #die already...

982 days ago
56.

Lorraine    

Gay people have a nice life, but leave the puppets alone. It is possible for 2 guys to be friends now days and not be gay. For Goodness sakes!!!!

982 days ago
57.

Virgos Very Own    

#icant *walks out of post*

982 days ago
58.

MoonDust    

@Awilda: 22 minutes ago

Come on folks.. Leave the gay agenda to the one and only pink panda of Hollywood, Perez Hilton. Kids don't care much for this gender b/s, they only become awared when adults w/o too much common sense push the issue or molest them.
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LOL I love the "pink panda" comment. Funny enough, Perez is who I thought of first when I read this article. He is such a joke that this is the type of petition he would come up with. Wouldn't be one least bit surprised if he is the one who came up with this "genius" petition.

982 days ago
59.

John    

They're not gay, they're hetero life partners!

982 days ago
60.

Lisa    

AS A MOTHER OF A 3 YR OLD, U R SOME SICK TWISTED FREAKS THAT WOULD EVEN CONSIDER TEACHING TODDLERS ABOUT SEXUALITY AND THAT TWO BEST BUDDIES ARE GAY. THEY DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT THE HELL GAY IS OR SEX IS FOR THAT MATTER. ALL 3 YR OLDS WANT TO KNOW IS HOW TO COUNT, SPELL AND LAUGH, YOU IGNORANT FREAKS!!!!!

982 days ago
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