on its Facebook page (yes, Sesame Street has a Facebook page!):
"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."
I find the whole issue immensely amusing, although many people on either side of the issue most certainly do not. Here are the other children's characters who author Sujay Kumar is urging to come out of the closet (read the article for details):
- Tinky Winky
- Spongebob Squarepants
- Peppermint Patty
- Vanity Smurf (I must admit I do not know all of the Smurf characters, but I have a male college friend who is a Smurf diehard!)
- Velma (from Scooby Doo)
- Stewie Griffin (from Family Guy--although I think this is cheating--he's hardly a children's character!)
- Cogsworth (from Beauty & the Beast)
- Snarf (from the Thundercats...?)
|She's always been my favorite Peanuts character!|
Yep--not gonna happen anytime soon. Then again, it wasn't that long ago that Ellen came out and her show was soon cancelled. And look at her now.