Bert and Ernie at Sesame Place (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

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?”