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Bert And Ernie Are NOT Gay!

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B and E not gay

Bummer!

Earlier we entered the discussion as to whether or not the petition to declare the beloved Bert and Ernie gay was a good thing (we think it is), but now we've gotten official word from Sesame Street's official Facebook page that the duo is NOT gay, but just extremely good friends:

"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 … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."

Okay, we'll buy that they're good friends — but how many stories started out with best friends that ended up falling for each other?? It's possible!

We're a little blue over this and can't help but wonder if they're playing the middle of the road just because there'd most definitely be backlash over the reveal.

How do U feel about their statement??

PS: … is Sesame Street really finding their demographic on Facebook…?

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67 comments to “Bert And Ernie Are NOT Gay!”



  1. 1

    Thank you Sesame Street.



  2. 2

    Look, I really appreciate what you try to do for gay right, but this time, just STOP.

    STOP trying to push the gay agenda on everyone. Not everyone is gay and that's just ask OK as actually being gay. Lay off, it diminishes your cause.



  3. 3

    I'm pretty sure you are the only person I've seen saying this is a good idea.
    Sexuality needs to be discussed by PARENTS at an appropriate age. I understand that you are gay, but that doesn't mean you have to agree with every single gay movement in the universe.



  4. 4

    Lol only in America do people fight over two puppets sexual orientation



  5. 5

    Why does it matter if puppets are gay?



  6. 6

    Are you serious? Have you ever seen Sesame Street? It's not a show where people fall in love, Perez. It's a show with a bunch of asexual characters teaching you about WORDS and NUMBERS. It's not a soapbox for gay rights. You are way off with this one Perez. And it looks like your living in a dream world where not completely jumping the shark is referred to as "playing the middle of the road". (FYI, there is no middle of the road. They aren't gay. They aren't even STRAIGHT. They're ASEXUAL.)



  7. 7

    Perez, you do more to set the gay rights movement back than any other gay person I've ever seen. You're an opportunistic, hypocritical, crass, nasty excuse for a human being. Back off.



  8. 8

    i still dont understand how is a two year old suppose to know these two are "gay" or the relantionship that they have…i think this is more for some in the gay community and pushing there gay agenda any where that they can…..let parents decide when and how they wanna teach their kids about the gay community and to teach them respect for others despite who they love or wanna be with…….



  9. 9

    are any of the other puppets married on the show or talk about their sexual orientation?



  10. 10

    I don't know where else to post this comment - I'm loving the fitPerez column.



  11. 11

    Re: SarahNJ – LOL I know!



  12. 12

    I'm all for spreading the word for equal rights, but can some things just be left alone and not be turned into something they're not in order to benefit a cause? They're puppets on a kid's show. Let them be! I actually think I'd be pissed if Sesame Street decided to say that Bert and Ernie are a gay couple just to please the masses that are petitioning for them to be. God forbid a show has two characters of the same sex that are best friends and living together! The only people that would benefit from turning asexual puppets into a gay couple would be the nuts trying to further their own agenda, not the kids.



  13. 13

    Ha ha ha! Even Sesame Street hates gays!



  14. 14

    THANK GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDD



  15. 15

    God….let kids be kids without trying to shove being gay as normal down their throats.

    glad you lost Perez…..happy day!



  16. 16

    Re: phalen208 – because children are watching the show….God you are really stupid.



  17. 17

    Fuck Perez, you're borderline retarded. A 3 year old watching sesame street doesn't know what gay or straight or anything is. Have you ever seen two straight characters married on the show? No, you haven't

  18. k-lee says – reply to this


    18

    Really, it makes me sad that Sesame Street feels the need to make an official statement about the sexual orientation of PUPPETS Bert and Ernie. This is what we have come down to. This whole gay propaganda is really making me sick.



  19. 19

    Re: Gracie 2004 – to bad Perez does not have any degree to give any advice on nutrition…..wouldn't rely on it.



  20. 20

    It's kinda hard of saying, "Hey, this is my roommate of 30 years", without others snickering…if you know what I mean.



  21. 21

    Dear Kim K's Ugly Hippo Ass,

    Perez gets his information from reliable sources for his column. It is reliable and accurate. The information posted is not coming from Perez personally.



  22. 22

    Dear Kim K's Ugly Hippo Ass,

    Perez gets his information from reliable sources for his column. It is accurate and current. The information posted is not coming from Perez personally.



  23. 23

    Ernie and Bert are merely pieces of molded fabric and therefore have no sexual orientation. When you go to the craft store and look at the squares of felt, are you worried that they might be gay?
    HOWEVER, for people who are looking past the inanimate nature of the puppets, one could argue that Ernie and Bert ARE gay based upon the fact that they are happy having a guy's arm up their a**es all the time.



  24. 24

    I can't believe that this is even a discussion. Perez really is the WORST speaker for gay rights. Every time he posts dumb shit like this he sets his movement back. so fucking dumb.

  25. frrf says – reply to this


    25

    Ur a real fuckin piece of shit trying to push your gay political agenda on CHILDREN…Fuckin asshole let them be kids and have fun.



  26. 26

    I'm so glad, just because ppl are trying to make gay okay doesn't mean it needs to be in EVERYTHING, especially sesame street.



  27. 27

    "Bummer" that Bert & Ernie aren't gay? What even happened to respecting people's choices?



  28. 28

    Please, Perez. Keep your mouth shut. Every time you open your mouth for gay rights, it pushes the entire movement back! These are PUPPETS. They don't need to be gay! PLEASE LEAVE PUPPETS OUT OF THE GAY AGENDA!



  29. 29

    GOOD! I'm glad that Sesame street stood by what they believe and didn't cave in to the few idiots that thought this was a good idea. Sesame street has been around for a LONG time, and they know what they are doing, and want to continue to do with the show. Good for them!



  30. 30

    Preschoolers don't need to be discussing homosexuality.



  31. 31

    If you aren't okay with Perez advocating for gay rights you should probably stop visiting HIS website



  32. 32

    I'm pretty sure there was a lovers' quarrel episode where Bert told Ernie to pack up his ABCs and his 123s and GET OUT!



  33. 33

    Re: jaystarr – If it wasn't for all the people who came here to tell Perez what a dumbass he is, he wouldn't even HAVE a website. Believe me, he is thankful for every comment he gets, whether it is good or bad. Ka-ching.



  34. 34

    Re: Lilygirl27Re: Lilygirl27 – You're probably right, but whether he appreciates the comments or not, it only makes sense that a gay man fights for gay rights.



  35. 35

    For God's sake Sesame Street is for little kids.Toddlers have no idea what the hell Gay even is and they don't need to. They don't care about shit like that. Quit trying to make every single damn thing about Gays. Sexual things DO NOT belong on a kid's show.



  36. 36

    This is good news!! I always had a thing for Ernie so I'm glad he is not gay cause now there is still a chance for us!!



  37. 37

    Sounds like the Children's Television Workshop is being a drag and not a queen.



  38. 38

    Actually, the more I have been thinking about this over the day the more I think declaring them gay sends a HORRIBLE message to children. Not because it is wrong to be gay. But it sends the message that two men that are best friends and live together MUST be gay. Just no. And in all honesty, the only thing that makes you different if you are gay or straight is who you prefer to sleep with. Therefore it rightfully shouldn't be an issue on this show because preschoolers do not need to be learning about sex yet!



  39. 39

    You really are a moron Perez. They aren't "playing in the middle of the road". It's a children's show created to teach friendship, the letters of the alphabet, and the number of the day. Maybe you shouldn't be writing a children's book if you can't comprehend what is acceptable for certain age groups to learn about, and what isn't.



  40. 40

    Re: jaystarr – Unless he is making silly posts like he always does about gay rights. Seasame Street is no place for anything of this nature to even be an issue. Gay, straight, asexual, whatever, it is no place for anything of a sexual nature to be even hinted at. To be honest, most of Perez's posts on gay rights are him just spewing hate towards people who do not agree with him or he thinks are "on the fence" as he said in this post.



  41. 41

    Perez will try and out one of them soon, he is that desperate.



  42. 42

    Perez, I actually agree with you most of the time. This time you're WRONG!!! Please try to differentiate appropriate venues to express support for equal rights from where sexuality has absolutely no place in the discussion.



  43. 43

    Extremely good friends……. With benefits



  44. 44

    Good so now we know they're not gay. Time to move on now. Stop with the gay issue!



  45. 45

    I think it's absolutely stupid how people want Bert & Ernie to be gay AND married. They're puppets in a kids show that is mainly about learning to count and the alphabet. The characters are creatures that can't fall in love (besides, why do 2/3/4 year olds need to learn about romantic relationships?). It's not like in Spongebob that Spongebob himself resembles a somewhat gay character (sorry, had to say it) but even so, that doesn't mean he should marry Patrick. Just leave it alone. Don't push the gay thing too much. Yes, it's alright to be gay but it doesn't need to be shown where it doesn't belong.



  46. 46

    Being gay isn't a choice remember..?



  47. 47

    does everything have to be about sexuality?i know kids need to learn about sexuality but that has never been what sesame street was about.Not everything or everyone needs to be labeled.stop trying to push agenda on a place where its just not necessary.



  48. 48

    Hey kids! Bert is gonna tell you something that'll make your mommy and daddy share a splederific awkward moment!!
    Go on Bert, tell the little boys and girls!
    'I like making out with Ernie and you should too!'
    Now go spread the word kiddo!



  49. 49

    Re: AshleyDuh – (40) I totally agree with you. Perez/Mario spews more hate at those who disagree with him than anyone else … yet he's supposed to be reformed and doesn't bully anymore. He's an ass.
    .
    Re: Gracie 2004 – (21) You can't trust any of his "reliable" sources. If you have any real familiarity with Perez, you know he treats Star Magazine, the Enquirer, and other such "sources" as credible on this site. He doesn't check his facts. He posts erroneous info all the time … so just be careful. You can't rely on Perez … buyer beware.
    .
    Middle of the road, Perez? Nobody likes sour grapes. You and your militant gay friends were hoping to force Sesame Street to cave to your agenda, and you FAILED. Sesame Street is a show where sexuality has NO PLACE. That you'd want to introduce it to an innocent audience is SICKENING, and is proof to me that you need HELP.
    .
    Re: StinkyPerez – Agreed. There would probably be more acceptance if assholes like Perez weren't around. Nobody likes to be bullied, and he alleges to be against the practice, but it's all he does because he's not smart enough to do things any other way.



  50. 50

    The problem with the gay community is that they need to find homosexuality everywhere. Hitler was gay. Lincoln was gay. Enough already. Plus they are completely obsessed with insisting that preschoolers be taught that homosexuality is normative. Sorry guys. Gays are a very small minority by any measure. That alone defines them as not normative.



  51. 51

    Perez, you have stepped over the line (more than once) and this is it for me and your site! YOUR agenda (not speaking for other gays) is borderline child predator. Sesame Street has been teaching children for many years about how to love being their age and shows funny, cute situations, acceptance, tolerance, compassion WITHOUT A POLITICAL AGENDA! It is a CHILDREN'S SHOW and they ARE YOUNG and INNOCENT! Since when is a material object made to be gay? DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT SHOVE YOUR AGENDA ON A CHILD! Maybe YOU should start watching Sesame Street.



  52. 52

    BTW: I am straight but have gay friends and even they think you suck! They say you are wrong on so many levels. Pushing for gay rights is one thing, but pushing your self-centered gayself agenda is another, especially when it comes to children. You have one vote in any election. When these children grow up, they ALSO have one vote. Let them decide for themselves. This is not a celeb gossip site anymore…notice how you don't have many comments anymore? You are disgusting…..



  53. 53

    omg they are puppets and on a kids show and on kids shows talking about relationships between man and woman or man and man or whatever is stupid cuz kids ages like 4 dont care about that shit



  54. 54

    Perez, you need to back off the gay band wagon and realise that while the gay community still faces much adversity - The BEST way to come out of the closet and be accepted by everyone is to not talk about stupid shiz like this. Comments and articles like this really turn me off of the gay movement. You're no different than anyone else and deserve no special treatment from anyone for being gay. I'm happy that you're here and you're queer, now get over your gay ego and grow up.



  55. 55

    I'm beyond happy they're not making them gay. It's a show meant for small small children. They're not really aware of any romantic or sexual relationships, not even their own parents really. Honestly when most children start watching Seasame Street they're just learning the difference between boys and girls period, they don't need to learn about homosexuality at that point. It should wait till they're older and becoming aware of that kind of relationship to have that kind of thing taught.

    And as someone else said, it definitely shouldn't be in two characters who have been best friends for so long. That if anything would send the children a more confusing message, as Ernie and Bert are a great tool to teach about friendship and that shouldn't get confused. If they want to bring in a gay human character, I could support that (but not to make it about the love story between two homosexuals as there's no love stories on the show period)…but leave the puppets, especially established ones, alone.



  56. 56

    The only reason I can see for Perez to be supporting it is that is makes it easier for him to groom little boys for his lifestyle. I can see Perez saying it now, "It's ok, everyone does it, even Bert and Ernie." Perez, you are a sick, sick man.



  57. 57

    They're basically asexual…



  58. 58

    I always thought they were brothers…… o.O didn't realize it was such a huge issue, its amazing what some people will read into, because they need to have something defined if they can't understand it, don't ruin my fucking childhood assholes!



  59. 59

    "They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves." THIS IS A WAY MORE POWERFUL AND MEANINGFUL MESSAGE THAN SOME GAY SHIT!



  60. 60

    I have to disagree with you here. I am all for equal rights for everyone but there is no reason to try to make everyone and everything gay. Though I think equality should be taught from an early age, there are more important things to focus on, like treating people well than teaching about sexual orientation. I think by taking the stance that they are playing it safe is disappointing. No need to support a gay agenda, Perez! Support an equality agenda! I think your views will be taken more seriously. I do love your site. 



  61. 61

    Dear La Garce,
    I was referring to the information and fitness tips on fitperez.The information in the column is accurate and his sources are reliable with many of them based on scientific research and findings.



  62. 62

    good. that would have ruined the show. not that being gay is bad or anything, i'm not saying that, but that definitely would NOT be a good thing at ALL.



  63. 63

    Look, I am totally for gay rights. My daughter has been watching Glee since she was 9, and is an avid Rupaul's Drag Race fan at 10. I am totally for gay rights, and teaching kids that being gay is okay, but it's SESAME STREET. There are no romances on sesame street…PERIOD. Not straight or gay! Sesame Street is about learning how to spell and count to ten…it's not about romance, heterosexual or homosexual. Their main audience is two year-olds, who don't really know what love is in general, and for them to see two boy puppets kissing would really confuse them. I am totally for gay rights, but I think Sesame Street it a little too young to start.



  64. 64

    I always thought there was more to the Bert and Ernie thing myself. lol , but what about Winnie the Pooh? He likes Christopher Robin wayyyy too much! lol just sayin… :P



  65. 65

    I'm all for equal rights and the ignorance of people towards the gay lifestyle frustrates me greatly, but for gods sake, these little kids are somewhere between 2 and 6. They don't understand love and sexuality yet. Besides, the fact that Bert and Ernie are always together already makes a statement anyways. Why label it? They're going to have opinions shoved down their throat from the second they enter grade school til the day they die. They need to have some time to just be kids. Forcing tolerance onto anyone is counterproduct.



  66. 66

    Nothing like a bunch of mentally disturbed gays giving gays in general a bad rap by pushing two childrens iconic characters as queer. Any wonder why straights cast a wary eyes towards gays in general. Shit like this makes gays come off as unbalanced and detached from real life issues.



  67. 67

    Re: Gracie 2004 – Reliable sources? You can't be serious… perez has posted tons of untrue stories, and 9 times out of 10 the true stories he posts are taken from other gossip columns. He is not original or credible.