For years people have suspected that Sesame Street friends, Ernie and Bert are secretly a couple living in the same house and sharing the same bedroom and now fans are asking for PBS to out them.
An online petition is circulating calling on PBS and Sesame Street to “allow Bert & Ernie to marry.”
The hope is that Ernie and Bert would be able to teach children that there are many different types of families these days. The petition says;
“They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives
Representatives for the show have said in the past that Ernie and Bert were never meant to represent a couple.
Photo: PBS, Sesame Street
Update: A statement from Sesame Workshop has been posted on the subject: “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.”