No gay marriage for Sesame Street

2011-08-12 08:56
Andy Goldberg

Los Angeles - Gay marriage may be legal in six US states but don't expect to see Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie tie the knot any time soon.

That was the message on Thursday from the producers of the popular educational children's show, after an online campaign and petition called for a wedding between the well-known characters as a way to combat homophobia and promote gay rights.

The puppet pair have lived together and shared a room with two single beds for over 20 years, and the petition on website said that marrying them would empower gay kids and teach bullies "that homophobia is NOT okay."

"We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful," said the petition, which was signed by over 6 000 supporters.

"Only that they allow Bert and Ernie to marry or even add a transgender character to the show. It can be done in a tasteful way."

But according to the producers they are just good friends, and anyway have no sexual orientation.

"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," producer Sesame Workshop said in a statement on its official Facebook page.

"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."


  • Izwelethu - 2011-08-12 09:20


      skuim - 2011-08-12 09:35

      That's what I said! What's wrong with these people? Here we have a group of people who I assume are very much opposed to stereotyping of gay people. But they just assumed that because these two characters live together, they must be gay. Nice.

  • Riaan - 2011-08-12 09:29

    Oh, no. I'm crushed!

  • Malcop - 2011-08-12 09:34

    What about the rights of straight men. Almost every T.V advertisement pushes gay orientation. FFS. Its almost a crime these days to be straight. These gays must get over themselves. They are the minority, and all have issues. Whats with the fake accents & nasal twang whenever they speak. They werent born like that. Its all a freak act.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-12 09:51

      where are you seeing all this gayness on TV??? it's strange that you are so sensetive to it very strange hmmmmmm

      Marni - 2011-08-12 09:59

      @Daemos1, I agree: "the lady does protest too much". Malcop, get over yourself or get new gay friends. Not all gay people speak with fake accents and nasal twangs, mostly it's the ones who recently fell out or is about to fall out of the closet. Though I think you might know more about that than I do.

      DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-12 10:08

      I think what he means is that in some movies there is a homo character. We should be warned about such things before we are exposed to such scenes, they are extremely offensive to many civilised people.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-12 10:11

      No, you're a grown-up and whatever you're exposed to, you can handle because you're equipped to do so, as an adult...with a brain. You want a f**** gay warning on the DVD cover, go live in Uganda with other 'civilised' people.

      DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-12 12:13

      @deamos, If we are to put warnings on discs about foul language, warnings about violence, blasphemy, etc on movies, then I think I am also entitled to a warning about homosexual connotations in a movie. I find that a lot more offensive than any foul language, blasphemy, etc. If you want other to respect your rights, then I also want my right not to be exposed to your fetishes.

      Viv - 2011-08-12 13:32

      @ Daemons1 just because you are gay and dont mind seeing it on TV all the time doesnt mean that it sits well with others. Everyone demands respect and go on about how it is their God given right to do what they want - sure, but that also means so does every single other person in this world. I have no problem with gay people, have a couple as good mates. People are just objecting to having it shoved in their faces. And I have never thought about having a gay rating on movies etc. May be something of the future which isnt a bad thing. Now stop being so mean to other people and go have a mani/pedi or something!

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-12 13:58

      I'm not gay, I just believe in our constitution. If you find homosexuality more offensive than foul language then that's your problem, but a lot of south africans are able to see past their own issues. but thanks for the 'gay warning' idea, I've got a open-mic show coming up soon, reat joke concept

      DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-12 14:40

      @Daemos, well then use it in your show. this whole issue of political correctness is actually one of the reasons behind social decay. we cannot discuss certain issue as we are then breaking the law, we cannot discipline kids as they have rights - look where that has gotten london, and that been brewing for decades. This thing is messing with human development in so many ways. What the hell do you want your preteen child watching gay shows for? it breaks the fundemental logic of nature & can confuse a kid beyond repair. I'd love to attend your show & have a few shots at you, while risking backfire from the stage - please it'll be a chance to see what society really thinks, as comedy is one of the few places where you can speak your mind without being called prejudice

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-12 15:12

      Look I'm not agreeing with theis whole sesame street thing, it's ridiculous because I agree with you, our kids should be kids and not unnecessarily exposed to sexuality. But homosexuality isn't considered a 'defect' in our society anymore and we have to get past that as individuals.

      Susannomore - 2011-08-15 09:50

      @Malcop - which adverts? I am struggling to find any gay aspects about the Omo or Click a Bic adverts. Please share @DABOSS247365 - try and make your arguments stronger but using the correct words; Fetish a : an object (as a small stone carving of an animal) believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner; broadly : a material object regarded with superstitious or extravagant trust or reverence b : an object of irrational reverence or obsessive devotion : prepossession c : an object or bodily part whose real or fantasied presence is psychologically necessary for sexual gratification and that is an object of fixation to the extent that it may interfere with complete sexual expression Homosexual: 1ho·mo·sex·u·al adj \?ho-m?-'sek-sh(?-)w?l, -'sek-sh?l\ Definition of HOMOSEXUAL 1: of, relating to, or characterized by a tendency to direct sexual desire toward another of the same sex 2: of, relating to, or involving sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex

  • Marphy - 2011-08-12 09:47

    I play for the other team and even I went, WTH? I understand what they are trying to do, but this is stretching it. This should be a self discover thing, don't push it. Oh and Malcop.......Seriously.......Who are you to judge? Never ever judge anyone, unless you are in exactly the same position as him/her

  • YohYohYoh - 2011-08-12 09:59


  • DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-12 10:07

    There are 6000 who would sign such a thing???? SICK MAN WTF

  • Malcop - 2011-08-12 10:09

    Hey Marphy, or is it Moffie. One thing is for sure, I am happy that I am straight. Daemos 1. Not really oversensitive about it. First of all, I hate adverts. I just hate them even more when they have gays on them, simply because being gay is not the norm, and yet Gays are unproportionately represented on T.V adverts. Its ridiculous that the people who produce the adverts, somehow are trying to target the majority market, by using gays, "the minority", as the medium. I see them on T.V all the time. If you dont see this you have to be both blind & deaf. On another note, it is the gay population that is oversensitive. You dont get straight people going around trying to insist that straight cartoon characters/ puppets get married. Who cares if they are married or not. Certainly not a two year old kid. Gays are really pathetic & have to make some sort of ridiculous example out just about anything. They are insecurity personified.

      John - 2011-08-12 10:27

      You must be one of those closet cases! Love to get off thinking about another man!

      Marphy - 2011-08-12 10:39


  • Malcop - 2011-08-12 10:14

    If the characters names where Gertie & Ernie & one of them wore a dress and had tits, there would certainly be no petetion signed by 6000 people of any orientation requesting them to get married. Normal sane humans dont sign petetions to tell a producer what his characters must do, or how they should behave.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-08-12 10:21

    Cookie monster is a bad role model he always look high and like he got the munchies

  • LiciousDee - 2011-08-12 10:40

    Thank you producer Sesame Workshop for standing your ground, seriously why do people automatically think because they live together as male friends then that means they should get married?

  • refilwe mashigo - 2011-08-12 10:56

    Say whaaaat??!! o_O

  • TeddyB - 2011-08-12 12:29

    God help us!!!!

  • Viv - 2011-08-12 13:27

    Its a flipping cartoon! Why should kids have being gay shoved down their throat when they are so young. Let kids be kids - ther will be many years for them to deal with this crap. Come on stupid people. If Noddy and Big Ears couldnt do it then why can Bert and Ernie!!!

  • PinkSparkle - 2011-08-12 13:45

    I think by the time a "gay kid" realises he is gay....he no longer watches programmes like sesame street. I would have a hard time explaining the concept of "gay" to my three year old though.

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