LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Will the Children’s Television Workshop give way to same-sex puppet love?

An online campaign is calling for the producers of TV’s “Sesame Street” to allow characters Bert and Ernie to get married in an attempt to “put an end to the bullying and suicides of LGBT youth”, according to the group’s Facebook page.

The petition letter adds that “[w]e are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry”, suggesting that the show “even add a transgender character to the show…in a tasteful way”.

While over 900 people have “liked” the group’s Facebook page so far, the comments from visitors are fueling the controversy over whether children should be exposed to homosexuality at such an early age — echoing a similar battle over proposed gay-oriented curriculum in California schools.

“This is not ‘Desperate Housewives’…this is a baby’s program people!” said one commenter.

The group’s Facebook page also includes a photo mocking Christians for their opposition to homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

The two characters — which first debuted in the original “Sesame Street” pilot episode in July 1969 — have long been depicted as bickering best friends who sleep in the same room together.

UPDATE (8/11): Sesame Street issued a statement on their Facebook page Thursday in reaction to the online petition, saying “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 statement concludes.

Comments (245)
    1. maverick_1978 says:

      all i have to say is ….WOW…..sesame street is about abc’s and 123’s….whats next…a jerry springer muppet( im guessing oscar the grouch) and that poor wittle illegal immigrant trying to get work,healthcare,and welfare even though they arent a citizen? keep sesame street AS IS. kids dont need to grow up so fast. TRANS GENDER IN A “CLASSY” WAY….what put lipstick on big bird and have snufflegus tuck his trunk? LAME

      1. Marie says:

        Haven’t you all seen the episode where they sing the song about how all families are different!!! ie.some have two mom’s, some two dads or just a grandmother… I think Sesame Street and PBS started this whole ‘group push’ for the publicity and because they are actually in agreement with the H0M0 indoctrination of our very young children. I’m glad my kids never liked the show!!

      2. bobby gonzales says:

        These are sick people calling for this type of trash on kids shows!Keep it in the bedroom where it belongs!

      3. Connie says:

        Amen to that. Plus, I grew up watching Sesame Street and thinking Bert & Ernie were BROTHERS — not lovers. I’m all for supporting social diversity, but c’mon — this is a kids show. Leave it alone!

    2. Stryker 21 says:

      Keep your pole smoking/carpet munching beliefs to your self. This behavior is not normal. No one wants to see the Muppet’s smoking each others pole and munching carpet. The H0m0 nation needs to be put on an island far away from the normal society.

      1. lila says:

        Don’t hate just because you aren’t like them. CALM DOWN.

    3. dodge2city310 says:

      why not just turn it into a full blown porno?

    4. Shut Up Little Man says:

      Do they really need a wedding?! They already act like an old married couple: http://bit.ly/qwIJYQ. A wedding won’t change nothing!

    5. travis says:

      Those groups pushing for this need to find jobs.To much time on thier hands.

    6. Stryker 21 says:

      Who wants to see Ernie smoking Berts pole? Please keep it pure for kids.

  1. Robert Weed says:

    No disrespect intended … but … are you kidding … that is crazy.

  2. eyearedan says:

    watch out Sesame Street, If the Gays don’t get their way, they will Bully You till they do. it’s OK for them to Bully , just not anyone else. I bet it will be on Ellen Degenerate show. Wasn’t she the one who Bullied the Pet Adoption people into closing their doors just because Ellen didn’t get her way.

    1. uconnors says:

      If the producers of Sesame Street resist this Gay marriage push….then I can foresee the Gay community organizing a boycott against the program. Like my mother used to say…”Mark my words.”

      1. Tim says:

        Well, gays don’t (and can’t physically) procreate. No procreating means no kids that watch the show so a boycott of Sesame Street would be kind of a non issue. I’m not being mean, I’m being honest.

      2. normal says:

        So? So what? So the 3 out of 100 people who are H0M0s (it’s actually a lot, lot lower but I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt for arguments’ sake) boycott the program. The other 97 out of 100 people who are normal will continue to watch it and probably buy more advertisers’ products JUST BECAUSE they don’t push the H0M0 agenda.

      3. Satn says:

        Like they have lots of kids who will be watching the program?

      4. AngryMarine says:

        And if they do allow it I can see the program going off the air for lack of viewership. People are sick of these extreme minority groups trampling all over everything that is good in this country. I am one among many thousands of families that will not allow filth like that to be on a television in my home. And yes, I pay attention to every single program my children watch.

      5. Ben says:

        Betcha Burt squeals like a pig when Ernie gives him the old purple muscle up his poop shoot. Good for them, those two silly qweers!

      6. Richard says:

        I don’t think it will matter very much, this country,our beloved United States of America, has already lost it’s way and is headed for oblivion and very soon !!!

      7. Enrique says:

        Mira; vivo en Chile y veo que EEUU va cuesta abajo en cuestiones morales porque estan fanatizados con la cuestion de los derechos civiles. Y esto es lo que usan los Gays para sus campañas. Tienen que ser duros y pararlos ahora, sino se los van a comer a todos Uds. y Sodomizaran esa nacion que nacio en tan buena cuna. Lo repito; Van cuesta abajo y no seran un buen ejemplo para nadie ni en nada.

    2. Karen says:


      No kidding right? And that 14 year old who was continually taunted by a gay classmate had enough of the gay bullying. It was not right to kill the gay kid but hey, ENOUGH is ENOUGH.

      Bert and Ernie DO NOT HAVE A SEXUAL ORIENTATION. Amen.

      1. GiGi says:

        You know if it had been the other way around and the gay kid shot the other kid for being harrassed, he would be defended to the end for his actions.

      2. Calm Down Everyone says:

        Karen, Gigi: The killer’s lawyers in that case are using a gay panic defence. The killer saw that the victim in this case, was wearing makeup and acting out of the gender norm, so his lawyers are defending, that this is why their client had to bring a gun and shoot the gay victim dead. Now of course, gay men are masculine too, but this is the repugnant defensive line they are using, not just that the defendant was being bullied. Getting back to the atcual topic of the article, it seems true that the puppets on Sesame Street have always been asexual. That’s a point. However, I believe some of the human characters I believe have been shown to be in straight marriages, such as Gordan and Susan. It’s been so long since I’ve watched the show. I’m not sure if they are still on.

  3. Gregory Creswell says:

    Sad, sad, sad. Next this group will be demanding that a adult son and his mother be allowed to marry on the show.

    1. Naomi Cary says:

      If they keep on we are all goiing to have to get rid of our TV’s because there is nothing to watch but filth and degradation. Now they are workiing on our children, even in the kids movies they throw things in very subtle but it is meant to teach them these things in a way they don’t know what they are doing. BUT, the parents know what they are doing.

  4. Lauging out loud says:

    This is one of the most stupid “causes” I have ever heard, read, or seen.

    1. Dave says:

      No, this isn’t stupid, it’s just plain sick and demented. These are PRESCHOOL age children, sexuality of ANY kind is OFF THE TABLE as subject material. Quit threatening our children.

      1. Chomes says:

        This is exactly how I feel. I’m tired of sexuality being pushed on our children at such a young age. My child got abused by another child because of this!

      2. Rachel Baker says:

        Thank you, Mr. Dave! You are so correct!

  5. maryann says:

    Bert and Ernie were never meant to be a gay couple. At one point, there is even mention of and/or a picture of Bert’s girlfriend.

    1. scott says:

      That’s right, I forgot about that. Bert did go on a date. I always knew they were adults, because there are no parents involved. But why they would have to be in any kind of relationship is just absurd. People are friends and live together without any type of physical attachement at all. It’s insane. A disgrace.

  6. wendy says:

    Aren’t they supposed to be kids?

  7. Haiders B. Hayden says:

    They’re not gay, they just have a rad bromance.

    1. GiGi says:

      I am LOVING your name!!!!!

  8. Andy says:

    Grow up. How about we let kids just be kids and stop sexualizing everything?

      1. POO POO: A Human Right says:

  9. nena says:

    I have 3 words Sodom and Gomorrah.

    1. Tony Sailor says:

      I could go for Sodom tonight…. hmmm

    2. sallys says:

      Sodom, Gomorrah and The KarTrashians.

  10. crewjobs says:

    With all due respect, and in this case no respect is due, this is insane. Bert and Ernie are puppets not gay men. They are not even puppets that portray gay men and they sleep in separate beds. Sesame Workshop has said they are not gay. Jim Henson must be rolling over in his grave over this.

    1. GL Lee says:

      Jim can join Walt Disney.

  11. John Smith says:

    I knew a fellow for some 45 years. About 7 years when anyine ever saw us was when we were tod=gether, The Laugh about Beryt and rniw=e….. Nothing sexual at that
    I really resent the Gay Community

    1. Fred Furd says:

      The Gay Community sucks!

      1. DCB says:


  12. Jon Dough says:

    The left can’t stand the religious right pushing their morality on them but has no problem with pushing their immorality on us.

    1. normal says:

      That’s right. How about OUR freedom of speech? How about OUR freedom of expression? And how come no one worries about US getting offended?

  13. amy says:

    Bert and Ernie are best friends! NOT LOVERS!!

  14. Jim Billy says:

    The radical gay movement wants to force acceptance of their lifestyle on everyone of us. They know that if it is fed to our children at an early age, such as kindergarten and through venue’s like Sesame Street, the battle is pretty much won for them. It is just plain sad and DIGUSTING!!

    1. normal says:

      Degenerate, sad, and disgusting. And once you take away any sense of identity, stability and personal responsibility, you end up with Blacks pulling Whites out of cars at county fairs and beating the sh!t out of them. Not to mention riots in London and Blacks posting White getting mugged and made to strip on YouTube.

      And no, I’m not African-American or Non-African-American. I’m an American! ONE COUNTRY, ONE NATIONALITY, ONE VOICE: AMERICAN!

    2. Karen says:

      That is why Jerry Brown said we have to teach gay history in school. IT’S LAW. It is especially disgusting that our students can not read or write, but they will know about gay history.

  15. Jeff Hoffman says:

    Sounds like the adults need to grow up and quit pushing their “stupidity” on our children. Leave children programs alone. The USA is too worried about hurting someones feelings rather than taking a stand. We are quickly becoming the country of LOSERS… GROW UP!!.

  16. Disgusted says:

    Just one more reason not to allow your kids to watch tv…absolutely atrocious!! I can’t even stand half the commercials that are on before prime time!! What is our world coming to?

  17. Getting Tired says:

    At some point gay people, there is going to be a backlash if you keep pushing this sin down our throats. Enough is enough.

    1. Richard Henkle says:

      haha, pushing this sin down our throats. Sorry

    2. jeanmchambers says:

      Okay, how about YOU stop saying “I’m getting tired…” and step up!

      Just say it! You ARE tired of this minority BS and it is time to put these sickos in their place.

      “I’m getting tired…” is what has gotten this whole nation in the freaking mess we’re in!!!

  18. Hank Warren says:

    This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

    1. normal says:

      I’m gonna look into that book. Thanks for the info. And I agree with you.

  19. ELizabeth Freebird says:

    That A$$ Bert, he was engaged to me….now he’s with Ernie? Gosh Dang these men…

  20. Galt says:

    Hmm so bert and ernie hooking up will end bullying and suicides of LGBT kids? How about putting a responsible father who is not a buffon or ogre on a primetime show? Maybe we could avoid the plague of deadbeat dads by this convoluted logic

      1. normal says:

        Double Amen to that.

    1. cyx says:

      It will NEVER work….it makes TOO MUCH SENSE!!!!!

    2. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

      You must understand first above all else that the degenerate leftist perverts destroying our culture and civilization– and thus country– are doing it for profit as well. Note that all divorce lawyers, child shrinks, etc., are leftists who cash in on the destroyed lives of people who are effectively sent to them by left-wing deviant “entertainment” writers, etc., who whip them into a frenzy of ignorance, stupidity, anger and horniness.so they can be far more easily controlled by the nanny state

    3. jerrykregle says:

      We need people to stand outside hospitals and when these Jerry Springer green room women step out side the hospital SAY YOU ARE NOT taking that child home
      then give that infant to a deserving loving husband and wife

  21. Jay says:

    How come I already viewed this episode years ago?

  22. yobaby says:

    leave all sexuality OUT of children’s programming…sick!!! Can we just focus on 123ABC, please! I am about to scream…all these people care about is their agenda and how they can bully their views on everyone else. this is Sesame Street for crying out loud…i remember watching this show as a young child…if Ernie and Bert were portrayed as gay, that would have been too early for me to understand…I wasn’t even thinking of hetero-love when watching the show back then…stick to education and silly skits…that’s all kids want…and need at those very tender ages…i am absolutely and thoroughly disgusted…

    1. TT says:

      you yobaby !!! this is about kids n learning – NOT POLITICS !!!!!

      1. TT says:

        sorry wrote that wrong – I meant you are absolutely right yobaby – they a CHILDREN not pawns for POLITICS

  23. Lisa says:

    Bickering men sleeping together. That sounds like a stereotype. Are these petition signers sure that they want to perpetuate that stereotype of gay men?

    1. Gene says:

      But none as ignorant as you!

      1. BILL MCNEAL says:


      2. ellobern says:

        Amen. Kids will think gay marriage is a viable option and think they are in love with their best buddy

  24. yourbizness says:

    With all that’s going on in the world, we do not need to push the “Great Gay Society” down children’s throats. It’s bad enough that people think the Bert and Ernie are gay, even after Sesame Street has said they weren’t. This is a children’s puppet show meant to help educate children, not push political correctness on them. If gay’s want Bert and Ernie to get married, let them have the Avenue “Q” equivalent characters get married. They are weird enough already, and that should not stir up any problems.

  25. howsthat says:

    As soon as they agree to show a Christian couple move in next door and Bert and Ernie treating them with the same tolerance and respect they demand for themselves. So that’s a no.

  26. Gene says:

    Ah, the degenerate, fudge packing death spreaders are out in force.

    1. normal says:

      No, the ones packing the fudge are the H0M0s. The death they are spreading is their sick and deviant life choice.

  27. mom of three says:

    This is absurd! If they do, my kids will no longer watch SS… I teach my kids tollerance, but no one should force it down their throats through indoctrination!

    Maybe Zoe can have an abortion, a few other muppets can get divorced, and the garbage guy is really a transexual living in a trash can dressed like a boy… and then everyone can live happily ever after.

    Foolish… ridiculous…. and a waste of everyone’s time!

  28. jc says:

    You perverted SOB’s. Leave children alone.

  29. illferris says:

    What other SS characters have gotten married on the show? I had no idea they were gay!

  30. cyx says:

    I really wish these publications wouls stop giving attention to these ridiculous non issues… This is so abserd it would be funny if it weren’t so so sad.. The friggin WORLD is on fire and this is what is being reported on…GAY PUPPETS?? We are in terrible trouble…..

    1. GL Lee says:

      Aren’t they technically muppets?

      …just wondering 😉

  31. Jesse says:

    What a sad excuse for journalism. A Facebook group? Anyone can start one, and 900 members is nothing. There are 1,320,255 members of a group called “Meowing back at a cat when it meows at you” for god’s sake. How about a story on that?


    1. Bill says:

      Yep, Jesse. My sentiments exactly. But look how the rabid respond. It works, unfortunately.

    2. Disgusted Beyond Belief says:

      Good point. I think that it is a mistake to even report on something like this.

    3. Karen says:

      I have to look up the meowing cat page!

  32. callie says:

    This is totally perverted!!! These are children, whoever is proposing this is a pervert!! Let kids be kids, quit trying to sexualize them, you sleaze bag!

  33. Bill says:

    You people are actually taking this seriously? A tiny group of numb nuts start a ridiculous “movement”, and you act like it should be given anything but a quick laugh? What morons. We deserve to be the second rate power we’re quickly becoming. Your reactions and comments would be funny, but they are too pathetic to be funny. They’re just pathetic.

    1. GiGi says:

      That’s the kind of dismissive attitude that helps a “tiny group” with a “ridiculous movement” turn into massive social disintegration. A flood starts off as a single drop of rain.

  34. jps says:

    Suspect Jim Henson is rolling over in his grave….

  35. rj says:

    Will there be an episode of their honeymoon too?

  36. watash60 says:

    Gays will never be satisfied until they turn the whole world upside down with their qu e e r lifestyle

  37. buster says:

    the pro-gay lobby is sick, demented, and just evil

  38. Lou Ann Watson says:

    gay mafia will not stop until we stop them…it’s not about acceptance, it’s about propaganda and reprogramming. what’s next? kermit does miss piggie on national tv?

    1. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

      While they’re different species, the Gay Gestapo would never allow it because they’re different genders as well. Instead they’ll probably hire some new characters to teach the fine art of chicken choking around naked boys and scream for more federal funding to install vibrating fire hydrants along Sodomy Street.

  39. Keebler says:

    How do you get love from a mans hairy ass?

    1. normal says:

      It’s easy: become a Liberal!

  40. Jj Seaman says:

    kids don’t care where you put your c@cks, i don’t care what you f@gs do in the bedroom but why you always have to push your sic agendas.i guess bc you are sic in the head trying to brainwash children. whats next it ok if a adult touchs your private parts. you h0m0’s are sic.

    1. normal says:

      “whats next it ok if a adult touchs your private parts”

      That’s what NAMBLA stands for already. Why stop there? There is no logical reason (using the Left’s sicko PC logical downslide) to stop at anything: let anyone do anything to anything they want. In fact, promote it in the Liberal MSM and use any means necessary (especially legal) to ram it down our throats. Sick and Freakin’ weirdos! It’s slowly perverting and degenerating our society into a sewer and the MSM and H0M0 groups like this keep repeating their mantra that this sewage is good for you.

  41. Jj Seaman says:

    is big bird a transvestite?

  42. gus says:

    well it seems today the smallest groups gain the biggest strength and most air time, and then get the laws changed. unwarranted though it is. numb nuts indeed.

  43. JP says:

    Seriously! I hope this does not happen! Sesame Street is a kids show and not a forum for gender confused adults to make their presence known. The parents of kids who watch the show should be able to control when to expose them to openly gay/transgender characters and situations

  44. Jj Seaman says:

    bad enough to have ellen on the air each afternoon…

  45. Jj Seaman says:

    maybe we shoud have bert and ernie kiss first…or maybe hermit the frog can drop by for a orgy… or big bird can lip sync a diana ross song in a gay club. lmao

    1. normal says:

      But first they need a wardrobe malfunction where Bert drops his pants and Ernie accidentally brushes against him as he helps him get them on. And then their eyes can meet…Yep. That’s exactly what I want my children watching!

      As for your comment, there is no reason for them to stop there, or anywhere. In the Liberal world anything goes (unless you’re against them and their views, in which case that makes you a hate mongering, fear mongering, H0M0-bashing, H0M0phobic, WHITE heterosexual Christian male).

      1. Jj Seaman says:

        yep i guess i am a white heterosexual christian male…l don’t care what 2 men or 2 women do in the bedroom but having bert and ernie marry…just too sic. kids need to be kids until they understand the weirdness in the world.

  46. Jj Seaman says:

    hermit the frog is bisexual….

  47. Dave says:

    “in an attempt to ‘put an end to the bullying and suicides of LGBT youth’, according to the group’s Facebook page.”

    How would this end teen suicide? “I’d like to commit suicide but won’t because Bert and Ernie got married”? Really?

    “…suggesting that the show ‘even add a transgender character to the show…in a tasteful way'”

    They did. Its name is Big Bird.

    1. normal says:

      Very good point…

      Their logic borders on stupidity. It’s so dumb it almost makes sense until you think about it.

  48. No Way says:

    I shared a room in college with my best friend and it never occurred to me to try and bone him! GLBT is abnormal and always will be. I don’t condemn, but I sure as hell don’t condone.

  49. dam says:

    Apparently, gay sex rots your brain.

    1. Andrea says:

      yes, especially if your brains are in your a**.

  50. RLA Bruce says:

    This is a blatant attempt by gays to normalize their lifestyle and make it acceptable in mainstream America by indoctrinating children. Sorry, but gayness is NOT normal, and I resent their attempts to make it appear to be normal.

    1. Jj Seaman says:

      indoctrination is the method the gay mafia uses…and liberals go right along with it…

    2. Ellobern says:

      I feel my tolerace waning.

  51. Mary says:

    We must unite to stop this nonsense!!!!! Most people don’t care who loves whom. But, to pursue further changes is ridiculous. Please have your state pass a law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. If we don’t stop these actions by the Gay Community, this stuff won’t end at gay marriage. They will want curriculum to change….do you want your children reading “Jack and Jeff went up a hill?” Do you want to read gay marriage announcements in the newspapers? How about channel surfing and viewing the Gay Channel?

  52. Edward Adkin says:

    that would be the last ime my children would watch the show…im really tired of this kind of b.s…..

  53. James Briggs says:

    Somebody needs to show Bert and Ernie this video:

  54. BILL MCNEAL says:


    1. Mikey says:

      Make that 12 inches!!!

  55. Mark says:

    why? because it would make those who choose a lifestyle feel better about themselves? why must everything suddenly be changed because this person or that persons says if it isn’t its not fair.

  56. tubaman says:


  57. RALPHIE says:


  58. normal says:

    The Liberal Left has no morality. Only value relativity. You have your truth and I have mine type of BS. This is the result of the BS situational ethics that started to infiltrate our school systems in the early 70s thanks to social experimentation. When you have value relativism then you can justify anything. And when anything goes, then all hell breaks loose. Like the Blacks beating up Whites at county fairs or the riots in London. There is no reason for these guys to stop, right? I mean, they’ve been brought up on a steady diet that everything’s okay, that there is no right and wrong, there is no purpose in life except to live it up in the here and now, that they is no value in a human life so it’s okay to beat the livin’ sh!t out of it and still go home and feel good. Thanks Liberals. I hope you were among those who got it at the state fair and who are getting it in London. You are reaping the results of your own BS. And no, we don’t need tighter controls. We just need you to wise up and grow up.

  59. I'm already logged in says:

    The gay taliban strikes again. These people simultaneously demand tolerance for themselves and submission for other.

  60. Jay says:

    Why does everything have to be sexual?

    It is a children’s show that doesn’t even portray heterosexual relations.

    I’m having serious doubts that this is really about gay rights….these people are acting just like any other group of people starved for attention, Creating a dichotomy where there never was one!

  61. Susan Karimchise says:


  62. Eric P Turner says:

    the answer to that would don’t let your kids watch it the rating will drop and the show will go off air and the channel can blame the gays for it and know body else. my brother just moved outa cali cause he will not have his kids being forced to learn gay history no no ed value in it what so ever. i mean whats next they redo the odd couple and have them get married too. there’s no end to what theses sick people will do to make sure they’re choices are in our faces 24/7. just dont watch the show and it will go away just like flies take away the food and they will go away.

  63. Kip Noxzema says:

    Expect a well-deserved boycott if they do this.

  64. Judy Miller says:

    better watch out, the religious right will bomb sesame street. not much difference in the taliban and the religious right.

  65. peterwoohoo says:

    And we shouldn’t stop there…………What we need to do is re-visit the past.
    How about Popey & Wimpy, Roadrunner & Wild Coyotee, Batman & Robin,
    Bugs Bunny & Daffy, Porkey Pig & Foghorn J. Leghorn, Mr. Ed & Fury,
    Bullwinkle & Rocky & my favorite 3 way Mr. Peabody, Courage the Cowardly Dog & Brian (dog from Family Guy).

  66. David says:

    Oh for goodness sakes!!!! It never ceases to amaze me how so many people are so willing to look so stupid in public for a ridiculous cause such as this. If PBS actually buckles into this absurd request, they can expect serious blow-back ( pun intended ).

  67. Soapy Johnson says:

    And they edit out Katy Perry due to a little cleavage??? Two reasons why Katy Perry matters … http://placeitonluckydan.com/2010/09/sunny-day-sweepin/


    Don’t do this to children! Wasn’t Michael Jackson ENOUGH??!!

  69. Jenny says:

    Go ahead, make them gay, and watch the funding fly out the window! Buh-bye. Thank God, we still have private and parochial schools where the kids aren’t forced to read about “Suzie going to the store with her two mommies.” Gays represent about 3-4 out of 100, at most, but make enough noise to be a nuisance. So tired of the PC baloney.

  70. Ughlee says:

    Everyone knows Bert and Ernie are straight. Seriously they have absolutely no fashion sense. Now Marcie and Peppermint Patty? That’s a completely different situation going on there!

  71. Greg says:

    More liberal insanity!

  72. Sioneva says:

    Stop pushing your damned social agenda on our kids!

  73. Bob Harvey says:

    Weird. Strange.

  74. Freedom John says:

    This is pure sickness. The people that are driving this will one day doubly regret this. Do you hate real family relationships that much? Never mind, retorical question.

  75. Avis Hatcher-Puzzo says:

    What is the point of this really? Its a children’s show! Gay people are marrying in New York for real, so why does this matter? If they want to have two puppets marry then write a show and make that happen. Why destroy childhood memories of people who don’t really care one way or the other. I just don’t understand their point. What happened to being tolerant? Just because they believe something doesn’t mean everyone does!

  76. scott says:

    I’m completely disgusted! Why would they bring anything about relationships of any sort into this preschool show? they are puppets! They do not have relationships! At this point I would just say cancel the show. If you can’t say anything wholesome then just shut the thing off.

  77. Bob says:

    Leave my children alone you filthy #^^^#!

  78. The Busta says:

    Not a bad idea, really. Then, Ernie could be dragged to a ragged pulp down a county road chained to the back of Big Bird’s pickup truck, and Bert’s sadness could cause his AIDS to flare up and he could die a painful death in a hospice in the season finale. Just my two cents.

  79. Kermit says:

    And they called it puppet love………

  80. Linda says:

    After reading all the comments, it has come to me that SS is played only on Public Broadcasting Stations which are funded by us, Alot of money by us. This suggestion for Bert and Ernie can not happen. Remeber NPR was defunded.
    Minnesota will have the marriage amendment on the ballot next November.
    The gay community is trying to make it against gay marriage, but it is for marriage between a man and a woman only.

  81. Jnfr says:

    Seriously? Do little kids really need a “marriage”? When I was a kid (way back at the beginning of Sesame street, Bert & Ernie were just room mates.

    Sesame Street has done a lot of good over the years with education, etc. but do we really need to inject politics and social agendas into a childrens show?

  82. Pat Robertson says:

    No offence, but that would be totally gay.

  83. str8asitshouldbe says:

    IF this ever happened I would take a week off and picket PBS and call out every one of you fudge packers. You’re a sick bunch of excuses for humans. You idiots need serious therapy.

  84. dingbot says:

    This is a joke, right? Someone is getting cranked here.

    Remember how Barney was Satanic?

  85. HansJurgen says:

    Keep it up you liberal freaks and we will flush you down the toilet! Hopefully this is your last desperate attempt at pushing you thinking on the public whether they agree with you or not.

  86. HansJurgen says:

    Awesome response! It is Sesame Street and hopefully it will stay that way and these liberal freaks will get flushed down the toilet as they should be – I’m over trying to be “understanding” of their hypocritical ways. You and your kind are FINISHED!

  87. walljasper says:

    Sounds fine. And remember, a blow job between a coupla buddies isn’t sex. And anal sex is the perfect celebration of marriage. No disrespect intended, right?

  88. Kevin Tuttle says:

    For crying out loud… PBS ISN’T DOING IT! It’s a change.org petition and a Facebook group. Seriously, if you guys just post stories every time someone does something crazy or controversial on the internet, you’re REALLY going to have your hands full.

    There’s a change.org petition to renew Eureka for two more seasons. There’s a Facebook group (with about the same number of supporters) to make “bacon” a religion.

    It’s not part of some global trend; it’s not a reflection on the President; it’s not creeping liberalism, or fascism, or socialism; there’s no censorship; no one at PBS is considering it, it’s just the internet! Everyone put down the broken bottles and knives and calm the F down…

  89. TomP. says:

    Why the hell can’t you God forsaken sodomites leave well enough alone? Does the whole world have to conform to your perverted way of life? These are PUPPETS who are there to entertain CHILDREN! This is FANTASY, much like your hope that someday your perversions will be accepted by mainstream society. Why don’t you just go cornhole each other and leave the kids alone!

  90. mamawati says:

    You are sick people destroying the social fabric of this country. Going after children is beyond the pale. If you succeed, PBS and all publicly funded television and radio will be strangled of funds and disappear. Is that what you want? You could not have picked a better mission to accomplish that end. How stupid are you?

  91. Paul Jankowski says:

    Very sad and disturbing

  92. Wilbur Post says:

    And I expect the second request is to show how they consummate the marriage. Next will be how they raise their offspring. All natural of course. Let the kids understand the pooper can be used for many wonderful things.

    1. Mikey says:

      Remember that an exit can also be used as an entrance.

  93. herdzcatz says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the names “Bert and Ernie” were inspired by the best friends of George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, both of whom were married. Example 1: the cop Bert had to get home to the missus after viewing the delectable Violet Bates in the street scene, and Example 2: the taxi driver Ernie was confronted by the “never born” George Bailey who asked about his home and wife. Answer was that Ernie lived in a rented dump in Pottersville and his wife had left him years ago. Now if we’d rather live in Pottersville than in Bedford Falls, go ahead. Have Bert and Ernie marry on Sesame Street.

  94. Ron H says:

    I don’t think Sesame Street is a good format to promote any type of sexual lifestyle, gay, straight, bi, bdsm, whatever. Kids are WAY too young.

  95. Cromulent says:

    As a Republican, I think its a great idea. Time this one for about 3 weeks before the ’12 election please!

  96. Dude says:

    When hell freezes over

  97. Stacey says:

    Leave the sexuality out of childhood……this is not a teaching moment!!! It is and would be very wrong to push this agenda onto children and children’s programming….This is wrong headed and headed in an unnecessary direction…To the people in charge…Use common sense…Do not do this!!! Do not allow this!! Do not introduce children to grown up topics unnecessarily…to fulfill what…? To satisfy someone’s ego and need for self congratulations….to feed someone’s ego…This would be wrong to the nth degree…..

  98. Dan says:

    Ernie wants it baaaad and Burt will give it to him! Sick fcks. Gotta luv em.

  99. Joe Marshall says:

    “If it is not broken, don’t fix it!”. Small children should not have to deal with these issues at a tender age, so leave Bert and Ernie alone. I have nothing against Gays and believe that they should be able to be joined under civil law. As long as they do not force their actions in my face, they are entitled to do what they want. I went to high school in a little desert town where we had a student body of 245 kids and 45 in my senior class (1962). It was like one big club and it was like a big group thing and we consisted of Native Americans, whites, hispanics, and blacks. I guarantee you that when you are out in the middle of nowhere, you all stick together. We had one classmate that was gay, everyone knew about Bobby and it was never an issue and if a team came into town with their supporters and started getting on him, since he was probably one of the first male HS cheerleader in Arizona, they would have to deal with the whole student body. R.I.P. Bobby. He passed away in the 80’s from HIV.

  100. Dich Simonet says:

    What next a bert & ernie sex film ?
    Oh please spare me.
    The dumbing down of america continues.

  101. Get a Life says:

    I never new they were gay, i thought they were just roomates. So I guess that means that everyone with same sex roommate is gay.. Does that mean that the odd couple were gay too? …Some people really need to get a life

    1. keith says:

      you never knew? seriously?? damn your momma must have put your in a closet….every kid knew when they were still kids these two were porkin each other and playin on the hershey highway

  102. JosB says:

    Jim Henson must be turning in his grave to see what the Progressive Liberals are trying to do to his most noble creations….

  103. midwestnorwegian says:

    Need another push to stop all Federal funding of NPR.

  104. Bruce Windsor says:

    I am a avid supporter of the 2nd amendment and would like to see the little children educated on this right they have as american citizens, therefore it would be nice to see Bert and Ernie packing heat. Now that makes a lot of since…… what you think…….Just because I have a belief about the 2nd amendment does not make it right to force my convictions on children. If I really feel that strong about the fact this is a good thing then I will let people make up there own mind, once old enough to do so, and not force this on anyone. I believe there is a fine line between freedom of speech and forcing ones views on others, and to beat up children with a personal belief is as wrong as it gets. Children have a tendency to do what is needed to be accepted by their peers and this will occur whether they truly understand an issue or not so lets not put our children in that position and when they are old enough to truly understand adult issues they will decide for themselves.

    1. luca says:

      Personally, I’d rather see Oscar pull a Glock whenever the punk neighborhood kids get too close to his trash pile, but I see your point.

  105. AC says:

    C’mon….can anyone see this as anything but an angry gay activist finger-in-the-eye to the 75% of the country that opposes gay marriage? This is the fatal flaw of gay activism…they always go too far, too fast.

    And they wind up with gay marriage bans voted into state constitutions.

  106. Perry says:

    Absolutely nothing against gays here, but what’s the point? They say that it’s to stop bullying in the LBGT community, but let’s remember the target audience for Sesame Street- 1 to 5 years old maybe? At that age the kids don’t even know what “gay” means. Sesame street is about learning, counting, the alphabet, etc. I just don’t think that Sesame Street is the place for it, just let parents talk to the kids about it when the time is right.

  107. JervisTetch says:

    Whoever is behind this petition is playing into the very worst anti-gay stereotypes out there. There aren’t words in the English language to convey how stupid this is.

  108. mesndblues says:

    My opinions of Sesame Street have never changed, and never will.. It was creepy then,1968 or so ….and it’s creepy now…

  109. JimDeep says:

    Any more questions about what is inherently wrong with our society?

  110. keith says:

    yeah we all know Bert and Ernie play on the hershey highway, but they don’t need to be married on a childrens show….kids are already confused with everything going on around them and don’t need this to confuse them even more

  111. Bert says:

    Hey Ernie….come here I have a hot beef injection for you!!

  112. Ray says:

    After reading all these comments, it’s clear that tolerance must be taught at a younger age. All of you preach tolerance but spew hate. Maybe they should introduce a few glbt characters instead of marrying Bert and Ernie though. How could preaching tolerance to any age in any form be a bad thing?

    1. Karen says:

      Ray – get over yourself. I have nieces and nephews who watch the program. They think gay means happy and that is all their parents want them to know at their age.

      The oldest one – 9 – thinks Octomom is sick for unnaturally having babies.

  113. Booger McCoy says:

    What gay agenda?

  114. Barry Bin Inhalin says:

    suggesting that the show “even add a transgender character to the show…in a tasteful way”.

    Newsflash: there is no tasteful way to add a transwhatever to ANY show.

  115. aidsernie says:

    Bert gave Ernie the aids

  116. Cece says:

    This is just sick. Growing up in this world is hard enough. For crying out loud, let them be children for the few years they are children. Why does the left see fit to ruin every damn thing out there?

  117. Earl Lutz says:

    Wait, I thought GAYS told us you had to be BORN gay.

  118. dlbnext says:

    How sick, more Soros money at work destroying american life.

  119. sick of this hate says:

    why do all of you conservative extremists think being gay is such a bad thing? It’s not like people choose to be gay. I’m sure if gay people could choose not to be gay they would do so because all of you Ignorant bullies terrorize them all the time. Gay youth grow up thinking there’s no one else like them, terrified that they will be harassed and ridiculed by people like you guys. I don’t care if you think that bey gay is wrong, but leave your hate speech off of the internet where your words can scar youth for life. Making crude jokes about gay sex and calling gay people sinners is a much more harmful that saying two puppets are gay. Little kids already know that straight people can have a meaningful relationship, so why not tell them that gay people can as well. I’m not writing this to force any sort of agenda down your throat. I could care less what you all do or think as long as you don’t write hateful things in public places. To all the parents out there, what if your children are? What if they saw all of these comments and decided that they were terrible sinners and maybe they should take their lives? To the teenagers, what if it was your best friend? This hate speech affects people you know and love, whether or not you know it. So for the sake of your families and friends, please reconsider your attitudes if not your opinions.

  120. DH says:

    No more Sesame Street if they do that.

  121. kydinomite says:

    My children will not I repeat Will not be allowed to watch this show or that network ever again until they are able to make decisions as an ADULT

  122. Dottie says:

    Sesame Street is about learning to spell and count and treat others with respect. These are children and should be treated as children. I have no problems with gay people, some are my best friends. I have no problem with gay marriage but I do have a problem with pushing it on 1 thru 6 or 7 year olds. Sesame Street is about preparing the kids for when they start school.

  123. MR says:

    The comments here are so incredibly disturbing. Its people like you who are damaging society, not “the gays.” I think showing a gay couple on Sesame Street is a positive thing. It has NOTHING to do with sex– if this is the case, then they shouldn’t show a happily married straight couple on tv either. And for the record, I am not gay, I am in a heterosexual marriage, but I am teaching my daughter to love, not hate. And lots of gay people DO have children… either through adoption, IVF or even through natural means.

    1. Luca says:

      I agree with you, except that Bert & Ernie aren’t gay. They never were. They’re two heterosexual men living together, just like millions of male roomates all over the country. If SS wants to promote a gay couple, then create some NEW characters. You can’t change characters that are already established. That would be like giving Elmo a Russian accent.

    2. AZProud2BE says:

      Then the Gay Community should come up with THEIR OWN SHOW and market it……….Parents and consumers will decide.

    3. Karen says:

      MR – you need to take sex ed. It takes MALE sperm and FEMALE egg to make a baby. By definition, gay people CAN NOT HAVE A BABY THROUGH NATURAL MEANS.

      Instead of gay history, we should be teaching sex ed.

    4. GiGi says:

      You did NOT say that some gay people have babies through NATURAL MEANS. What planet are you from?

  124. Luca says:

    Bert & Ernie aren’t gay. If anyone on Sesame Street should come out of the closet, it is definitely Big Bird. Isn’t it obvious?

  125. ellobern says:

    This is going too far and could be detrimental to children in that every two guys who share an apartment will appear gay to them.

  126. rk says:

    Bert and Ernie aren’t gay…end of story.

  127. EverydayGuy says:

    I’d like to see Elmo the Grouch go to law school and handle the gay divorce.

    1. Karen says:

      Elmo is not the Grouch. They are separate characters.

  128. Larry says:

    That’s sick, vile, morbid, abominable. Leave it alone. LORD JEHOVA, I pray for YOUR Kingdom to come

  129. Mark says:

    This is just plan sick.

  130. Karen says:

    I always thought Bert and Ernie reminded me of Felix and Oscar. You remember the Odd Couple – the clean Felix and the messy Oscar.

  131. Bob Eldridge says:

    If it was understood that being gay is as the many other lusts that man is created with, and it is to us to resist these lusts in our lives, to seek to do good in accordance with the spirit of God’s Word, drawing from each others strengths to overcome these weaknesses. Then we can start being presentable examples through which our children can learn. This being a beginning that must be understood, we are the evil that corrupt each other, as we through our lusts seek self in everything.

  132. Guest says:

    I support gay marriage.

    That said,leave Bert and Ernie alone.They are characters on a kids show,for f*cks sake.There is no s*xuality in their relationship.I dont know if they represent adults or not,but they certainly arent s*xual in any way

  133. Gabriel says:

    Nobody is bashing anyone. We are just saying if gays were ‘born’ gay like you keep reminding people, then let them discover it during puberty like normal children. Dont force our 3year old children to watch sexual content more so about being gay and they dont even know what how to calculate 36×20. If you want to be heard,be mature about it. This just shouts desperation and a sense of hopelessness. No parent in their right mind will allow their children to watch the show ever again,even parents from the gay community am sure. To the people who thought of this,pause before you pull the trigger. The gun is aimed to your head.. Oh and if you all were so sure being gay is okay, why do you defend yourself a lot? Only the guilty do that. You all know its not right. Its never to late to know Jesus. You can get the right kind of love your heart seeks. Be blessed!

  134. argie says:

    You’ve got to be kidding! Stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  135. Guest2011 says:

    Obviously this ‘group” has NOTHING better to do than to put forth their “efforts” to “let” Burt and Ernie get married. Why not let the “Chef” and his “assistant” get married as well. Jus how far is this RIDICULOUS issue going to go. Why not letter The Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch get married or Elmo and the “Count” get married. GIMME A BREAK!!!

  136. Dominic Carabello says:

    If traditional marriage is REDEFINED, where do we draw the line THEN? Until very recently the agreed definition across most cultures and modern societies is that marriage is defined as ONE MAN & ONE WOMAN.

    If we redefine it to include man/man & woman/woman, what is to stop us from FURTHER stretching the definition in the future to include threesomes of various combinations, removal of AGE restrictions (as the radical NAMBLA wants to do) or marrying first cousins or other close relatives?

    The first cousin issue is not as uncommon as you might expect, the UK (where gay marriage is legal) is now experiencing SERIOUS medical problems among the offspring of the increasingly common phenomena of Muslim immigrants marrying first cousins:


    “The coroner chose his words carefully, since he was addressing one of the most controversial — and taboo — subjects in multi-cultural Britain: marriage between cousins in the Muslim communities which has left hundreds, if not thousands, of children damaged or dead.

    This week, leading geneticist Professor Steve Jones, of University College London, warned that ‘inbreeding’ in Islamic communities was threatening the health of generations of children.

    He said: ‘We should be concerned as there can be a lot of hidden genetic damage and children are much more likely to get two copies of a damaged gene.’

    He highlighted Bradford as a city that was ‘very inbred’.”


  137. jc says:

    God help you people.

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