And to avoid getting them confused for Bible-thumping conservatives, Ernie and Bert are, reportedly, not even heterosexual. In fact, according to Sesame Worshop, the group responsible for Sesame Street, Ernie and Bert are just asexual puppets.
Despite what you and everyone else might think, Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie aren't gay, the people behind the show said Thursday in response to an online push for the two puppets to marry.
"Bert and Ernie are best friends," the Sesame Workshop, the non-profit group responsible for the show, said in a Facebook message. "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."
The statement comes after Change.org posted a petition online last week asking the show to out Bert and Ernie and to have the iconic puppets wed in a move the group says would teach kids tolerance toward gays and lesbians. As of Thursday afternoon, shortly after the Sesame Workshop issued its statement, the petition had nearly 5,500 signatures.
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