The sad lives of loveless puppets

Bert and Ernie #gaycake The cake that started it all

If you haven’t heard about the Northern Irish #gaycake row, here’s a useful run-down of it. Such timing, emerging in the same week as Ireland’s history-making referendum on marriage equality.

The oddest turn that this continuing story has taken? Well, that would be Sesame Street releasing an official statement about Bert and Ernie’s relationship. Amazing.

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.

Sesame Workshop Statement on Bert and Ernie Petitions, Facebook

Got that? So:

And Bert and Ernie are just puppet pals (although Bert is definitely looking a little dreamy-eyed on that cake, with his arm round Ernie, justsayin’).

One more thing though: if, as Sesame Street would have us believe, puppets do not have a sexual orientation – WHERE DO MUPPET BABIES COME FROM?


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