‘Sesame Street’ team has issued an statement in response of the online campaign asking the to let Bert And Ernie get married.
Bert and Ernie may be best friends, but that doesn’t mean the “Sesame Street” pals are gay. And whatever the puppets may or may not be, one thing is certain, they won’t be getting married, producers of the long-running kids TV show made clear on Thursday.
The educational workshop behind the 40 year-old TV series dismissed the idea of a made-for-TV, same-sex puppet wedding in response to an online campaign and petition to have the two “Sesame Street” characters get married as a way to beat homophobia and encourage tolerance of gay people.
In recent days, almost 9,000 people have signed a petition encouraging the wedding at http://www.change.org and/or become friends of a special “Bert and Ernie Get Married” Facebook page, sparking a lively debate on Twitter and other social media.
The statement posted on the official Sesame Street Facebook page on Thursday reads:
“Bert and Ernie are best friends,” the statement said. “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 (as most ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
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