For years, viewers have speculated that Bert and Ernie, the lovable Sesame Street pair who share a bedroom, are gay.
The show’s creators have failed to indulge those speculations, even after some said Bert came out on the show’s Twitter page, a video circulated that was said to prove their homosexuality, and parody articles were written about the duo quietly coming out in favor of same-sex marriage.
But creators may be swayed by a online petition to allow Bert and Ernie to be married on the show at long last. Since the petition was created by Illinois resident Lair Scott on Change.org last week, it has gotten more than 1,000 signatures.
“If done tastefully, this would greatly help put an end to the bullying and suicides of LGBT youth,” the petition’s Facebook page reads.
“Sesame Street should recognize that there are LGBT relationships, families, and include them in their show.”
Sesame Street has always been considered a show that brings a progressive message to children, having touched on topics like race, AIDS, death and self-acceptance over the years.
Petitioners say the time is now right to add homosexuality to that list.
Last year, Archie Comics introduced its first gay character. In June, New York became the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Opponents of the petition say that marrying Bert and Ernie could confuse children or be too political for a children's program, according to Time Newsfeed. Opponents also point out that none of the other muppets are married or even in romantic relationships.
But there are many people who see no problem with the proposed matrimony. As of this publishing, one person was signing the petition to marry Bert and his long-time roommate and “friend” Ernie every minute.