An online petition is calling for long-time “Sesame Street” characters and roommates Bert and Ernie to marry.
According to a petition posted to Change.org, PBS should acknowledge the two Muppets as gay to teach “children and their parents that not only is it acceptable but also teach children that homophobia is wrong, bullying is wrong and that Sesame street [sic] should recognize that there are LGBT relationships, families, and include them in their show.”
So far, the petition only has 403 signatures. An accompanying Facebook fan page for the campaign had 53 members as of this writing. It isn’t clear who exactly authored the petition, but it has sparked some debate on Change.org with some expressing outrage at the idea of gay “Sesame Street” characters.
Others, though, fully endorse the idea:
“This could make a huge difference for children with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer,” wrote one commenter. “It would also help end bullying in schools. Finally it can help children who may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer.”
What do you think? Should Bert and Ernie come out of the closet or should “Sesame Street” — if it does anything — introduce new gay characters?