Strings Attached: Puppets With a Sexual Orientation

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A campaign was waged to convince “Sesame Street” to stage a gay wedding for roommate puppets Bert and Ernie. “Sesame Street’s” response: The pair “remain puppets and do not have a sexual orientation.” Case closed … or is it? In fact, many TV puppets past and present do indeed have a sexual orientation:

» Wooden marionette Charlie McCarthy speaking to human cowgirl Dale Evans:
Charlie: “May I have a kiss goodbye?”
Evans: “Well, I can’t see any harm in that!”
Charlie: “Oh. I wish you could. A harmless kiss doesn’t sound very thrilling.”

» TV Guide’s description of dragon puppet Ollie of “Kukla, Fran and Ollie”: “Oliver J. Dragon III [is] an incurably romantic hand puppet with … soulful button-eyes.” Among his celebrity crushes: Tallulah “I’m as pure as the driven slush” Bankhead.

» Though Oscar the Grouch’s first love is trash, he also has romantic feelings for girlfriend Grundgetta.

» Miss Piggy: “I, moiself, have always enjoyed a good scrimmage.”
P.S. There’s already been a gay puppet wedding. On July 24, investment banker Rod of Broadway’s “Avenue Q” married fellow gay puppet Ricky, sealing the deal with a passionate kiss.

Written by Express contributor Marc Silver
Photo courtesy PBS

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