Bert and Ernie to get married (to one another)?
The idea is being pushed by Illinois resident Lair Scott through a petition on change.org last week and has so far received more than 1000 signatures. The idea is that if done tastefully, it would really help the cause of LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) youth.
Before finding out that the petition had over 1000 signatures, I was thinking that there would be no support for a harebrained idea like this, but I now stand corrected that Bert and Ernie should not only get gay married on the show, they should also gay consummate the gay marriage.
Shockingly, the show’s producers are reaffirming their bigoted ways by refusing to introduce gay marriage into the show. If Sesame street can have a blood-sucking vampire be one of the characters why can’t they show two puppets getting married? It’s never too early to teach children about complex social relationships. Right as they are learning to count they can also learn about the intense psychological, social, and political battles that are fought over highly sensitive matters such as sexual orientation. Ideally, Sesame Street should also dedicate an episode (to come after the marriage episode) which deals with gender reassignment surgery where Bert becomes Bernadette.