Activists want Bert and Ernie to marry each other now
I wasn’t a Sesame Street kid (because I’m Pinoy, Batibot and MTV were my Sesame Street) so I always thought of Bert and Ernie as jocks and hetero roommates like Beavis and Butthead. They would drink beer and party with women and sometimes “cross swords” during threesomes (okay, crossing swords is kind of gay).
Now activists on Facebook want to change the way I look at Bert and Ernie. They want Bert and Ernie married. I have nothing against gays and gay marriage but I think they’re taking things too far. I want all of you to remember Bert and Ernie this way:
I don’t really care. They’re puppets.
From the Boston Herald:
Should one of TV’s longest-running couples take the plunge?
A Facebook campaign calling on PBS to marry off longtime pals Bert and Ernie on “Sesame Street” has picked up approximately 4,000 signatures and an disproportionate amount of headlines.
It’s time, activists argue, with New York now legalizing same-sex marriage, to show kids that gay couples are everywhere and just like everyone else.
The nature of Bert and Ernie’s relationship has dogged the show for years. The makers of Sesame Street have issued a statement hoping to quell the controversy, saying, the roomies were “created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.”
Further, PBS says Muppets don’t have sexual orientations.
Really? As writer Armistead Maupin noted, referring to Kermit the Frog and a certain Miss Piggy, “The folks who fret that a wedding between Bert and Ernie would ’sexualize’ a kids’ show were remarkably silent about a frog porking a pig.”
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