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Sesame Street

Bert & Ernie AREN'T GAY!!!

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

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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My gosh. I am EMBARRASSED to have to call myself an American. So many prudes on here. Get a life and lighten up.

1133 days ago


The real Gay agenda is to keep the word "gay" out in the
public view constantly. They don't care how stupid or trivial
the issue is that creates the jabber, just so the jabber takes
place. Then the gay story just gets to be "old hat," nobody
takes offense anymore, and the illusion left is that it just
doesn't matter. And it's working, witness most of the comments
to this non-story!

1133 days ago


Why are you trying to dirty up Bert and Ernie's relationship? Get over yourselves..

1133 days ago


How ignorant and ridiculously hateful are you? There is never a reason to think or speak negatively about anybodies way of life, but for a topic this inconsequential to garner this sort of language is incomprehensible. And to the mothers posting on here saying they don't want there kids learning about sexuality that young? Stop lying, you have a problem with media expressing LGBT sexuality, otherwise all children’s characters would be single.

1133 days ago


Bert was my favorite. I liked how he would get all flustered and go off. I never saw them as adults and I doubt kids today would identify them as such either.

1133 days ago


Whether gay or straight, WHY do some people now want to use Bert and Ernie who have been positive role models just the way they are, to make a statement about sexual orientation?? Are people shocked that they "are just friends", like that isn't possible?? That's part of what's wrong with today's society-people want to read so much into something, or worry so much about always being politically correct about something. Just leave Bert and Ernie alone! They've been fine for years with no sexual orientation attached, so leave them that way-no one should be offended by that, or so you would think!! Puhleeze!!

1133 days ago

D L    

Bert and Ernie are not gay. My children watched them and they are more like friends. Sesame Street is an educational show not one to air social issues.

1133 days ago


what the ****... this is so stupid. they are PUPPETS.

1133 days ago


For crying out loud, first they take the sweet little rainbow and make it the offical banner of G.L.B.T., then they say Sponge Bob and Patrick are gay partners, and now this??? Not all best friends are gay!!!

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1133 days ago


why todays media / society is turning into s***..what a disgrace to even imply..
although to sesame street its karma on the writters who got all cute on a few episodes and took a shot at fox news
sesame street goes political...brutal

1133 days ago

joe ward    

let not kidd ourselves, the only way the guys seem to show any life is when they have a fist up thier skirts. not in a bad way.

1133 days ago


unbelievable that people have to take a childrens entertainment and corrupt it with perverse meaning. Why does everyone need to justify things. wtf is wrong with everyone. let kids grow up in a creative enviroment... DAMN.

1133 days ago


These are puppets! They have no thoughts of their own. Get a grip, people.

1133 days ago


mugus are the best

1133 days ago
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