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Fri 12 Aug, 2011
By Sam Bristowe

They remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation

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Sesame Street bosses have revealed that characters Bert and Ernie wont be marrying dispute years of relationship rumours and campaigners asking them to marry to encourage gay tolerance to young people.

Nearly 7,000 people have signed the petition for the pair to tie knot in a bid to promote equality.

For years the roommates on Sesame Street have been subject to rumours that they were a gay couple.

The petition states: "We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful…It can be done in a tasteful way.

Let us teach tolerance of those that are different."
Show bosses have since released a statement denying the rumours, stating: '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.'

Sesame Street is still watched in more than 140 countries and averages 120 million viewers across the world.


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