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Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie are gay!

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So ARE Bert and Ernie gay? This question was widely discussed this week after Mark Saltzman, a former writer for Sesame Street, said he had thought of the Muppet pair as a gay couple while devising their dialogue. The issue proves surprisingly elusive on scrutiny. It won’t do to say that Bert and Ernie are just pieces of felt, because the people who want Bert and Ernie to be gay have an easy comeback for that one. Kermit and Miss Piggy are pieces of felt, too, yet they are pretty clearly heterosexual creatures with a sex life.

Sexuality is permitted to Muppets in the adult corner of the fictional Muppetverse: so reads the holy corporate writ. (As this newspaper explained on Thursday, the Children’s Television Workshop has been putting out versions of the same “Bert and Ernie are not gay” press release for almost a quarter-century, usually in response to increasingly trite depictions of the pair as gay.) https://nationalpost.com/opinion/colby-cosh-can-ernie-and-bert-be-anything-but-gay-no-really-can-they
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If you grew up watching Bert and Ernie on PBS' long-running kids series Sesame Street, you already know the Muppet men are good friends.

But the question is"how good"?

Are they just best buddies and roommates who like to hang out, get each other thoughtful gifts and debate pigeons and rubber duckies? Or is there something romantic going on?
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Does it really matter if the Sesame Street characters are gay?
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It is quite ridiculous. Muppets, like all inanimate objects, cannot be gay.
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I think it doesn’t matter. They aren’t real. If Sesame Street comes out tomorrow and says all their muppets are gay it won’t change anything. They aren’t real.
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Are Bert and Ernie ever going to sleep in the same bed after 30 years of having separate beds? Is Big Bird coming out of the closest going to make another Big Bird magically appear for him or her to make whoopie with? This is Sesame Street not gay porn. Nothing will change
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I'll let people from Sesame Workshop say it.
‘They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets,' 'They don't exist below the waist.' - Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell.
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Bert and Ernie are best friends. 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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They can't be gay. They are merely puppets who live together
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Nobody really cares to be quite honest
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Do we have to sexualise everything??? Seriously. They're muppets for crying out loud
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I don’t care about a kids’ show having gay characters. But I am irritated at the idea that two men (or two anybodies) can’t live together without a sexual relationship being overlaid on it.
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Now, if they were a gay couple, I would find that exciting, and I think that it is not only appropriate, but in a sense, perhaps even necessary; maybe not that Bert and Ernie specifically are gay, but that children are introduced to the concept of literally what gay people are. A lot of people don’t really know a lot about gay people, much less children
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Truth be told they shouldn’t be gay because they shouldn’t be anything. They are puppets on a kids show. Their sexual orientation doesn’t have any affect on anyone because the only people old enough to get it wouldn’t be watching the show.
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There were and are gay couples living in the urban neighborhoods Sesame Street idealized. Children knew them then, just as children know them now. For the show to depict a gay couple was not only appropriate, it was ahead of its time, like much else about Sesame Street.
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They didn’t do anything sordid on camera, like say *GASP* hold hands, did they? Gay couples are no more inappropriate to depict in children’s media than straight couples; kids are not going to be scarred for life seeing two men or two women calling each other “sweetie” and other normal everyday affectionate gestures. Besides, gay kids will feel less alienated if they see people like them having happy, healthy lives, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
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