Bert and Ernie are NOT gay. This has been confirmed by an official statement from Sesame Street on their Facebook page, as a reaction to an online campaign to have the longtime friends (some say lovers) married.
The official statement read: “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.“
Many questioned the assertion that the puppets do not have sexual orientations because Miss Piggy for example had always been liberal about her feelings for Kermit the echoserang frog. So obviously, her gender is female and her orientation is straight.
Some people find the whole debate (the muppets, not the gay rights issue) frivolous, reducing the serious issue of gay civil right into the fictitious realm of muppet sexuality, while others are taking the whole issue to heart with much gravity. They argue that rejection or acceptance of what is considered right and wrong starts at an early age. So if Sesame Street represents with male and female, white, black and latino, why not gay characters? So no matter where you stand on the issue, the official statement is that Bert and Ernie are not gay. In fact, they’re not straight either. They’re puppets, therefore they’re neither.