Hmm…never expected this one! There is a petition on Changes.org that wants Bert & Ernie to acknowledge that they are in a relationship and that the characters should get married. The official request want the two muppet’s to show:
“…children and their parents that not only is it acceptable but also teach children that homophobia is wrong, bullying is wrong and that Sesame street [sic] should recognize that there are LGBT relationships, families, and include them in their show.”
As of now there are more than 900 signatures, but is it fair? Should the characters be married? As far as we know they are best friends, not gay. But if they are, then I think that does make sense, with all the tragic cases of kids committed suicide because of bullies it makes sense that they should be some character that is gay to show young chldren that it is wrong to bully a gay classmate, schoolmate, etc. since they are not represented on the show yet.
But does it really have to be Bert and Ernie? Can’t a new character be created that is gay, that would solve the problem, it would kill two birds with one stone, a gay muppet will teach tolerance and it will leave Bert and Ernie alone. It definitely makes sense that there should be gay muppet on Sesame Street, I am actually surprised that there is not one yet.