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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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61.

Mr.Velvet    

**** you and your queerbate agenda!

1106 days ago
62.

frankli    

This is a stupid issue. However, to say that they are puppets and don't have a sexual orientation is a cop out and a contradiction. Miss Piggy is very sexual and has a very obvious sexual orientation. Say the issue is dumb and dismiss it, but don't lie about it. That's pandering to all the wingnuts.

1106 days ago
63.

rebecca    

I don't belive they are gay if they were they wouldn't have put it on t.v. they made a big enough deal about Katy Perry they i don't imagine anyone would let them put that on there if it were the case.

1106 days ago
64.

The PMG    

This story is as pointless as (NOT) Michael Keaton (NOT) getting pulled over in (NOT) The Batmobile.

1106 days ago
65.

laura     

C'mon people!!! I would bet $$ that Bert and Ernie are meant to be fashioned after the "Odd Couple" Jack Lemon/Walter Matthau. Remember that movie/tv show/theatrical play? Two men living together as best friends that were totally different from one another and how they did things and got along with such different personalities... Just like the Flintstones are fashioned after the Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason...Very Obvious!!

1106 days ago
66.

McG    

We all know Ernie is more partial to his rubber ducky, come on!

1106 days ago
67.

Marie    

Thomas: 9 minutes ago
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.
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In my opinion the kids are too young to be thinking about gay and straight. I think that a TV program for teenagers should address the sexual orientation issue better. As long as the muppets on Sesame Street respect each other's "obvious" difference, it's already teaching our younger kids about tolerance. Let kids be kids. When I was young and I watched Sesame Street on TV I was not automatically thinking about Big Bird getting married or sleeping with female or males birds. It would have freaked me out to see Big Bird kissing another bird. Big bird on big bird action is not pretty.

1106 days ago
68.

Valencia    

They're effing puppets!! Its a childrens' show, I don't understand why people have to throw sexuality into a show EVERYONE has grown up on.

1106 days ago
69.

Professor Chaos    

What idiot wants to assign a sexual orientation to a puppet on a kids show? Seriously... people need to get a life and quit pushing the f***ing agendas on everybody.

1106 days ago
70.

kristine    

the thing about some gay people is they are so on FLAME!
"ooh! Oooh! I'm gay lookit me world im GAY!"

what's their point? im disabled i dont run around screaming about it!!!

1106 days ago
71.

beckie    

Good Grief! Bert and Ernie are suppose to be kids. Stop being pervs. Just because there friends doesnt mean they are having sex. I dont have sex with all my friends.

1106 days ago
72.

Joe    

Its sad when the entire gay community tries to force innocent things into being gay or not.

Seriously, take your fruit loops and fudge packets and go home.

1106 days ago
73.

hbosco    

There's no way Bert is gay. If he was, he'd have a way better fashion sense and know that turtle necks are out and to fix that unibrow.

1106 days ago
74.

Jane    

Purely a bromance!

http://www.celebremix.com/remixes/view/1778

Picture proves it!

1106 days ago
75.

mamajj    

OMG This show is aimed for preschoolers. GMAFB WHY do some people insist on teaching kids about sex & being gay at such a young age. Just let them be kids for a bit. They grow up fast enough. When & how they learn about it should be left up to the parents. Sesame Street is where they learn their ABC's & 123's NOT where they learn about sex & same sex marriage. Leave the kids shows alone.

1106 days ago
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