Petition Asks Bert And Ernie To Get Married On Sesame Street
So are they or aren’t they. Denzel Washington said in “Philadelphia”, something about people want to know who’s sleeping with whom. Is it that important for muppets? I know Sesame Street teaches kids about things going on in the world, but should they tackle something as controversial as this?
A petition started by Lair Scott, exhorts the makers of Sesame Street to let the two old friends get hitched. Gay marriage became legal in New York this June, increasing the number of states in the country to do so to six.
The petition letter reads:
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.
Greg Kelly said on “Good Day NY” that there are clear signs Bert and Ernie straight, but that he got tripped up by the picture on Bert and Ernie’s wall.
“It’s clearly a roommate situation,” Kelly said. “They sleep in separate beds, the wardrobe, grooming.”
“However, they do have a picture of themselves on the wall, which would suggest, well, unusual behavior,” Kelly said. “Not unusual, but that they… never mind.”
Twitter is just starting to buzz with reactions. Many are encouraging circulating the petition, some are incredulous and others are having a laugh — one user quipped that Batman and Robin should be first.
Since its start in 1969, Sesame Street has traditionally taken on difficult subjects in an effort to educate children, including divorce, tolerance of racial diversity, and real life disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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