Bert & Ernie Shouldn't Get Gay Married

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bert and ernieSo, there's this petition going around asking that Bert and Ernie -- yes, the yellow and orange dudes from Sesame Street -- get gay married. You know, like Elton John and David Furnish. Though I suspect if B and E ever did have a wedding, the guest list wouldn't be half as fab, the food would be kind of dry, and the music would be that awful kind that stays in your head for days. (I'll be here all week.)

The petition, which is coming from Change.org, is asking that the two puppets tie the knot on the show in a "tasteful way" in order to teach kids tolerance of those who are different.

Great message. Utterly stupid idea.

Before I unleash my opinions on this matter, you should know that Sesame Street is not going ahead with the marriage. A spokesperson for the show insisted that the pair are simply "best friends with no sexual orientation." They also pointed out that the characters were "created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves." To that, I say, "Amen."

Anyone who knows me -- or reads anything I write here on The Stir -- knows that I'm all for gay marriage and anything that will aid in tolerance; and am ardently against hatred, homophobia, and fear-mongering. But having Bert and Ernie marry one another is just plain stupid. They're puppets. They bicker, sing songs, and teach kids how to count. They -- and the rest of the characters on the show -- shouldn't be marrying anyone, girl or boy.

Getting Sesame Street to teach acceptance of different people is a fine concept -- one the show has already demonstrated, and for that, I applaud them. But there doesn't need to be a wedding between two characters in order to do this. Do kids watching the show even know what marriage is? Would they think twice if they saw two men hugging, as opposed to two women? My guess is no. Gay weddings are better served on more high brow shows, where the audience will actually understand the message.

Although there have been great strides recently in the gay community (yay, New York!), we still have a long way to go before everyone is in complete and total acceptance of homosexuality. And we should do things to try to change that. This, however, isn't one of those things. Because this is just silly.

Do you think Bert and Ernie should get married?


Image via Sesame Street

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acrog... acrogodess

No, I don't. I think it's up to parents to teach their kids tolerence, not TV

ODDS ODDS

The episode that airs previous to this will be the last one my son ever watches.  Tolerance, yes.  Forcing my child to accept a lifestyle as socially/morally acceptable, no.

Momma... MommaGreenhalge

Call me crazy, but I always thought they were brothers. 

Charg... ChargerGirl318

I loved Sesame Street as a child. Even though I undetstood homosexuality at an early age I never considered their relationship to be anything other than best friends. Why confuse the children anymore than necessary? Then child will be thinking that best friends of the same sex equals a bf/gf relationship.

dirti... dirtiekittie

like dear blogger said: Great message. Utterly stupid idea.


and for reasons just like one of the PP's here... i have no problem whatsoever with the gay community, gay marriage or anythink like that. but too many folks will see it as a morals push towards their own kids, driving away viewers and potentially damaging the show. and who would get all crazy about such an episode? the adults! so keep the kids shows about letters and numbers and colors and shapes, about caring for others and manners and tolerance and let them be innocent for a while longer.

dirti... dirtiekittie

anythink? or i meant anything. *need more coffee* :)

Charg... ChargerGirl318

Sorry for all the typos I'm still kinda loopy from getting my wisdom teeth removed this morning :)

GlowW... GlowWorm889

I never thought Bert and Ernie were gay. I always assumed they were brothers and kids--like ten or twelve. Which, in my five-year-old mind, was grown-up. I always just wondered where there parents were.


I am ALL for gay rights and marriage, and think this is a cute idea, but I feel this oversteps the bounds of parental rights. There are some parents who believe that gay marriage is wrong, and they should have a right to teach their children the same. They should also teach tolerance for those who don't share their beliefs and those who are gay and married, though we know not all of them do. Bert and Ernie getting married kind of steps all over those rights. They should encourage tolerance, like maybe featuring a gay couple on the show and having varied reactions from the puppets, including those who believe it's wrong with the moral at the end being that it's okay to not agree with it, but it's not okay to belittle them or say mean things to them.. It would do more for the kids to do that and to watch Bert and Ernie get married.

shine... shineyllamatues

GlowWorm that would be a great episode!!!

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