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Bert and Ernie’s Orientation Shouldn’t Matter

It shouldn't even be a question, as creator Frank Oz noted: "Why the need to define people as only gay?

The long-running question of the sexuality of Sesame Street’s iconic Muppets, Bert and Ernie, has once again come to a head. Writer Mark Saltzman declared that while he was writing for the muppet pair, he modeled them after his own gay relationship, and approached their interactions as though they were gay.

The LGBT community erupted in celebration after this revelation, but it wasn’t long before it rained on their parade. Sesame Street was quick to address the issue. Again.

This issue has been popping up for quite some time. In a statement from 1993, Sesame Street addressed the question by saying that the two “do not portray a gay couple, and there are no plans for them to do so in the future. They are puppets, not humans. Like all Muppets created for Sesame Street, they were designed to help educate preschoolers. Bert and Ernie are characters who help demonstrate to children that despite their differences, they can be good friends.”

This is very similar to the response that they gave to Saltzman’s statement:

“As we have always said, 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.”

However, Frank Oz, who created Bert and Ernie with Jim Henson, had a much more important statement on the matter.

He further clarified to someone who questioned him by saying, “I created Bert. I know what and who he is.” The backlash to this comment from the LGBT community was very strong, laughably equating it to what a parent of a gay child might say, while patently ignoring the fact that they are talking about a puppet, not a person.

But I find Oz’s statement to be getting directly to the heart of a much larger issue in our culture right now. Indeed, there certainly is much more to a human being than just their sexuality, but the cultural Marxists thrive on the divisions created through identity politics. So, instead of seeing the intrinsic value in every human being as a person created with meaning and purpose by a loving God, they reduce everyone to nothing more than a label, which they then use to assign either value or lack of value to the individual based on whether the label assigned is seen as good or evil. Bert and Ernie, in the twisted minds of these cultural crusaders, cannot simply be educational puppets. They must be gay, and if they are emphatically not gay, then they will be found on the evil side of the equation, and a boycott will be summarily called for. Just follow the formula.

Make no mistake, all the other discussion around this issue is nothing but a reflection of that distilled truth. Oz pointing out that people are more than their sexuality is at best a mere distraction to their crusade, and at worst an affront to their being. If seen as the latter, it will likely land him on the growing blacklist that is, at this point, threatening to become far more lengthy and destructive than the infamous list from the 1950s. When will we wake up and put an end to this madness?

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