Sesame Street producer: ‘Bert and Ernie have no sexual orientation’

The puppets will not get married, despite Facebook pressure

Creators of the children’s show Sesame Street have taken to Facebook to explain that two of their beloved characters, Bert and Ernie, are neither straight, nor homosexual.

The response came in the light of a Facebook petition which had called for the characters to get married. The statement read:

Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach pre-schoolers 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 petition had gathered over 7,000 signatures.

The statement brings to a close years of speculation about the orange and yellow puppets.

Years ago, Tinky Winky from the Teletubbies also faced questions over his sexual orientation with the BBC issuing a response that read: “Tinky Winky is simply a sweet, technological baby with a magic bag”.

According to the BBC, Sesame Street is still watched in more than 140 countries and averages 120 million viewers worldwide.

While two characters in the film It’s A Wonderful Life are named Bert and Ernie, and their monikers are often repeated in quick succession, makers of the show have dismissed rumours that Jim Henson sourced his inspiration from the 1946 classic.