Sesame Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street,” put an end to any wedding plans for Bert and Ernie with this brief statement posted on its Facebook page:
“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.”
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Bert and Ernie are not gay. The producers of Sesame Street have said as much. Since Bert and Ernie are fictional characters, said producers are the final word on such a subject. Want to know how I know Dumbledore is gay, even though not one reference to his sexuality is made during all seven Harry Potter books? Because JK Rowling told me as much. She created the character and if she says he’s gay, then he’s gay. And if the producers of Sesame Street say that Bert and Ernie are merely platonic friends living asexually in the same apartment, then one must accept them at their word. Bert and Ernie are not gay, therefore there is little-to-no chance that they are in the kind of romantic relationship that brings about marriage, thus they should not be getting married.
But they are two guys living together! But they are both well-dressed, polite, and neat! But they obviously aren’t family and seem to spend much of their time together! So obviously they are secretly gay, right? No. I discussed this back in January 2010 (Click here), but the answer is still no. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are not homosexuals. Batman and Robin don’t make-out in the Batcave after the last villain is sent to Arkham. Sam is not Frodo’s unrequited gay lover. Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr do not secretly have the hots for each other. Time and time again, we of the pundit class constantly decide, no matter how thin the evidence, that any two men or boys who have any kind of friendship or emotional attachment to each other are clearly involved in some kind of homosexual relationship…
… By the constant need to ascribe homosexual leanings to any two men who happen to be in the same room together for more than a few minutes, we are in fact teaching a terrible lesson to society and especially to young men. We are in fact teaching them that any kind of emotional connection between two males is in fact ‘gay’. We are teaching that any kind of emotional connection between male fictional characters is to be ridiculed and considered ‘queer’. No, there is no such thing as two men or young boys being close friends and even having an emotional connection. Nope, they OBVIOUSLY have to be secretly gay and/or in love with each other. Bring that down to a societal level, especially one such as ours that still often punishes homosexuality, and you have an entire generation of men and boys who are convinced that being friends with another ‘dude’ on any level other than surface-level will cause them to be called out as ‘gay’. And, if it must be said, this kind of automatic presumption of homosexuality is indeed an insult to actual gay men. It is insulting both in its content (it doesn’t take real homosexuality seriously) and its reaction (the constant teasing and mockery).
Sometimes, two gays hanging out together, be it for solving crime or teaching the alphabet, are really just friends.”