Here are some resources to help parents and caregivers speak with children about today’s events. (PDF): http://www.sesameworkshop.org/assets/1192/src/HereForEachOther_vEng2012Modified.pdf
Sesame Street is introducing a new character named Lily (top left) to deal with issues of poverty and hunger.
This isn’t the first time the Street’s used a new character to tackle a sensitive subject. Aristotle (top right) was a blind Muppet who displayed his impressive sandwich-making skills back in 1982. Kami (bottom left) was an HIV-positive Muppet first appeared in 2002, who at one point discussed the subject with Bill Clinton. And Mahboub (bottom right) was an Arab Muppet introduced to the Jewish version of the show that was broadcast in Israel in 2006.
Bert and Ernie just friends? Really?
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.
Bert could not be reached for comment.
What about Ernie?
The sexuality of Bert and Ernie — perhaps the kid show’s most popular characters — has long been debated since the roommates sleep in the same room and constantly bicker.
An online petition to encourage Bert and Ernie to get married is gaining steam. Also, marriage = sleeping in the same room and constant bickering.