Politics

Should Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie Come out as Gay?

| by Michael Allen

Change.org has petitioned for some serious changes in society, but its latest call for action is sure to raise a monobrow or two (that's for you, Bert). The activist website features a petition demanding that Sesame Street out Bert and Ernie, who have been roommates for decades, as gay partners.

The online petition reads in part:

"It's important for our children to be educated that it's okay to be gay. For over 40 years, our beloved Sesame St. characters, Bert and Ernie, have been living as "roommates" and we would like PBS and Sesame St. to allow them to live as a gay couple and maybe eventually, marry. It would show 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 should recognize that there are LGBT relationships, families, and include them in their show."

Since Bert and Ernie live on Sesame Street in New York City, it would now be legal for them to get married.

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Maybe the Count would officiate the ceremony. Grover as the best man, and Rubber Ducky could be the best ring bearer. Paging Jon Stewart.