Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 08/11/2011

Bert and Ernie are not gay, Sesame Street says

Bert and Ernie at Sesame Place (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
One online petition has been as pushy for Bert and Ernie to marry as Miss Piggy has always been toward Kermit the Frog. However, its intention — to give LGBT youths a muppet example of gay marriage — may have backfired. Sesame Street Workshop has announced that the roommate duo has no sexual orientation. They are neither gay nor straight. They are muppets:

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.

Will it put an end to the speculation about Bert and Ernie’s sexuality? Or will it raise more hackles over the muppet men? One thing is for sure, it has not appeased fans: “Muppets do not have sexual orientation?” writes one Sesame Street Facebook fan. “So ... all along Miss Piggy was after Kermit for ... his frog legs for supper?”

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