August 11th, 2011
04:55 PM ET
There’s a big debate today over two beloved “Sesame Street” characters: Bert and Ernie. There’s a Facebook petition to encourage these two to get married.
For years there have been questions about Bert and Ernie’s sexuality. The “Sesame Street” folks have repeatedly denied they’re gay. But this petition is urging the show to have them “come out” and allow B and E to finally wed!
The petition states that having Bert and Ernie marry on the show would be a lesson to many people: “We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert and Ernie to marry… Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.”
The Sesame Workshop, which produces “Sesame Street,” has responded to the petition and tells "Showbiz Tonight," “Even though they [Bert and Ernie] are identified as male characters…They do not have a sexual orientation.”
What do you think of the new petition to have Bert & Ernie marry? Or do you think “Sesame Street” has the right idea with these characters – just not go there with any sexual orientation? Post below and watch our big debate on this, tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.
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