The Sun claims Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman has confirmed that Bert and Ernie are dating even though they sleep in separate beds. Sesame Street released a statement saying; ''Bert and Ernie 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.” Here is my take on the whole thing. WHY are we even talking about this? First of all, reality check, they are puppets. They are not real. They don't need a back story. Kids are not questioning this. I truly believe this. I never even thought of their relationship beyond that they were two friends! My kids never questioned the sexual orientation of ANY cartoon character, puppet, teletubbie or Barney! As a parent I've always felt it was one of my priorities to protect my children's innocence. That means not introducing topics like straight, gay, lesbian, trans or ANYTHING of a sexual nature until they were ready and, to me, the Sesame Street age is just too soon.
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