Sesame Street was one of my favorite shows growing up as a kid. I enjoyed the simplicity of the show and the values they taught. Set up in the working class neighborhood, the show taught us about numbers, letters, diversity and everything that’s good in the world.
But due to public pressure, the show had to release a statement about the characters Bert and Ernie and if they are gay.
This infuriated me. But let’s read on the statement first.
Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers 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.
Ernie is my favorite character of all time from the show. He is funny, he loves the rubber duckie and he’s creative. The fact that he’s so different from Bert made me enjoy his character more. Not once did I ever think he and Bert were gay. And even to this day, I still don’t see that connection.
I always thought that they were friends and that was it. But the fact that the show had to make such a statement really angers me about how hard people are pushing political correctness.
Does it matter if they are gay? I don’t care. So why make it an issue?
Not one thing about their character suggested that and the fact that Sesame Street had to make such a statement tells us that we’re back to classifying again. The point of Sesame Street is to teach kids not to classify, but to accept people for who they are. Labeling these characters is not what they’re about.
Sure, the show also teaches about accepting diversity and homosexuality is a hot topic. But to force Sesame Street to change the images of Bert and Ernie to satisfy the public demand? Ridiculous.
If people need to have a problem with a Sesame Street character, Elmo is the one that needs to be taken down. His arrogance, cockiness and constant desire to belittle people are not a characteristics that many people should embrace.
But that’s another topic for another day.