Monday, August 15, 2011

Bert & Ernie Pressured to Promote Gay Marriage

Although Sesame Street's creators have never said the two characters are gay, viewers have long speculated that roommates Bert and Ernie are more than just friends.

Perhaps a new petition, started by Illinois resident Lair Scott, was prompted by the changing tide in the U.S.: in June, New York became the sixth — and largest — state to legalize same-sex marriage. Or maybe people just want Sesame Street to continue with its progressive message, which has seen the show deal with the sensitive topics of race, death and self-acceptance. Some people might think that if Archie Comics can introduce its first gay character, then Sesame Street, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, should certainly let its two "gayest" characters marry.

And just where do you suppose this story (which was not only openly favorable to this outrageous petition but even included a link to it) was published? The Blade? The Huffington Post?

Try the online edition of TIME Magazine.

Say goodnight, Gracie.