This just in: Bert and Ernie from “Sesame Street” still not gay?

File this under the weirdest press releases ever. PBS put out a statement late Thursday in response to online calls by people such as this petition calling for Sesame Street‘s Bert and Ernie to get gay-married.

The network said:

“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 (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

The more you know.

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2 thoughts on “This just in: Bert and Ernie from “Sesame Street” still not gay?

  1. To be fair, my best friend is a guy, and we are super close, but we would never want to get gay married either.

  2. Can’t people just be happy with the Avenue Q gay puppets getting married? Puppets only have sexual orientations when it’s part of their show’s message. Accepting people’s suppositions about Bert and Ernie would send Sesame Street down a bad road to more parodies that don’t fit with the children’s world they inhabit. That said, I have my own theories about Rosita and incestuous fetish sex.

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