The verdict is out! Bert and Ernie have been declared not gay, but rather extremely good friends according to Sesame Street‘s official Facebook page.
“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 … they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
This statement was made in response to a petition made to declare Bert and Ernie a gay couple via Change.org. The petition was pressuring the television show to marry the duo on television.