Poor Bert and Ernie. The internet will just not leave the two best friend/ roommates/ ambiguous sleepover pals alone—once again, the duo's sexuality is being questioned, as a new petition circulates calling for the two to tie the knot. Were the Avenue Q puppets not enough?
Opinions across the web are divided: "I have to admit that the very thought of it brought a sort of Monty Pythonesque grin to my face... there is a very positive method to the apparent madness of the petition. It’s about teaching tolerance, and saving the lives of LGBT children," writes the Montreal Gazette, while The Lonely Conservative, unsurprisingly, disagrees: "Let’s hope [your kids aren't fans of Sesame Street], unless you want them indoctrinated by the radical LGBT activists... The worst part is the taxpayer funded PBS will probably give this idea serious consideration." Or...they won't.
Sesame Street producers, as they have for years, denied the gay puppet rumors, 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 the Sesame Street Muppets ... possess many human traits and characteristics, they have no sexual orientation." If you're still unsure, get some background at the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image.