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Friday, August 12, 2011

Bert and Ernie are gay???

There is a current story being discussed over whether the Muppets, Bert and Ernie, on Sesame Street are gay. They are Muppets. Muppets have no sexual identity. The entire story is absurd. Is it really necessary to insert this topic into a kids TV show?

I say this as someone who feels gays are unfairly maligned in our society, however, this is not the proper place for this issue to be discussed. Can we let our kids enjoy being kids without trying to make them confront issues they are not prepared to grasp?

It is true that the characters Kermit and Miss Piggy have expressed feelings for each other, but there is nothing overtly sexual about that. Many children tell each other that they are boyfriend and girlfriend. Bert and Ernie are living together. If they get "married", it opens up questions about what that means.

Perhaps I am not as enlightened as I need to be, but Sesame Street is the wrong forum for this debate.

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