If you thought Sesame Street was lame for kicking off Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, and at the same time making Cookie Monster a ‘healthy eater’ then check out this saucy news brought to us by the Huffington Post. With 1,867 signatures and rising, Lair Scott started a petition to urge the makers of Sesame Street to be open-minded and celebrate New York’s legalization of gay marriage by allowing best friends Bert & Ernie to wed on the popular kids show.
The letter to all those interested or curious about the petition cause reads as follows:
“In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.”
It may sound crazy, but it has long been rumored and implied that these famous puppets are a hidden representation of a gay couple. Of course the reaction to this petition and its message have been mixed. While some people on the internet (Twitter, FB, and etc.) have encouraged the petition by circulating it, some have scoffed at the accusations that Bert & Ernie are gay, and others are just laughing.
Don’t get me wrong, I have always had a slight gay-dar reading from the two puppet roommates, but like one twitter user stated if Bert & Ernie are married on the grounds that they ‘live’ together than Batman and Robin should be first in line for marriage. ( sorry, Selina Kyle) Plus, as one of my friends stated, if Bert & Ernie are gay wouldn’t that taint a lot of kids childhood fantasies. I’m not on the fence about this issue, but I would like to know if they did get married could Sesame Street lose its conservative family orientated? They made such a big stink about Katy Perry’s dress being too short while doing an innocent rendition of her song “Hot & Cold“, that it seems kind of impossible that these same people would let Bert & Ernie being gay and married be filmed and released to their audience.
If you want to support the cause sign the petition, and put your comments and thoughts about whether you think Bert & Ernie should or shouldn’t get married. Would it ruin your childhood or just salvage whatever is left of the popular kid show?