Aug 15, 2011
A debate has sprung up among blogging adults in the world of television and cartoons. Should Bert and Ernie be married on a future episode of Sesame Street?
Gay rights activists have petitioned PBS managers to have the two long-standing puppet pals tie the not --- but Bert and Ernie have never come out as gay or expressed their love for each other in any way that would allude to them being homosexual. Why? Because it's a kid's show! That's just one reason why PBS has turned down the petition and dubbed this particular group of activists crazy.
Another reason would be shoving morality and homosexual politics into the throats and faces of innocent kids who need to learn their alphabet, not their state laws on tolerance or marriage.
Impressionable preschoolers don't need to know why Bert and Ernie are suddenly kissing on their favorite television show. It brings the idea of sex and marriage to a young mind that is unprepared for such a big step; even children who live in gay households wouldn't gain anything from Bert and Ernie coming out of the Sesame Street closet.
It also would bring into the minds of many that two men couldn't have an affectionate and good friendship without being lovers, or "marrying."
There's too much the activists didn't think of before they signed the petition to PBS in favor of the Sesame Street sexuality tolerance episodes. There may be a positive message behind it somewhere, but kids are far more tolerant of the world as it is. Their innocence doesn't need to be tainted by the sexual disputes of intolerant and pushy adults.