Change.org has a rather strange petition up: the group wants Sesame Street have the famous puppets Bert and Ernie get married. Here’s their line:
“In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful. Only that they allow Bert & Ernie to marry or even add a transgender character to the show. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.”
Jezebel points to the weirdness inherent in assigning sexual identities to puppets, and wonders if the whole thing isn’t an overblown waste of time that distracts from the real issues at hand. Then again, although Bert and Ernie are said to be “best friends,” they do sleep in the same room and behave generally like a married couple already. So, what do you think?
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