Chicago resident Lair Scott's highly controversial petition promoting the marriage of Sesame Street's well-known roomies, Bert and Ernie, continues to gain support. Scott believes his campaign will help boost the self-image of the show's homosexual viewers, and apparently, many others agree. The petition currently has over 7,500 signatures.
Scott originally supported his stance by citing that since the flat-mates reside in New York, their marriage would be legal and binding. In other words, the "long-tormented couple" wouldn't have to hide their sexuality anymore.
However, an official statement from the show's creators clarified that Bert and Ernie are just good friends who are meant to teach children how to interact and get along with those different from themselves. Looks like wedding bells won't be ringing anytime soon.
The biggest question here is: Why does everyone care so much, anyway? In a world where vampires roam the streets and wooly mammoths aren't yet extinct, is Bert and Ernie's relationship really the most interesting topic for debate?
And, if the public really wants to help these characters, why not focus on petitioning for speech classes for Cookie Monster or a more suitable abode for Oscar? Come to think of it, Ernie seems more obsessed with his rubber ducky than with his roommate - are there any therapists out there willing to dissect that one?
The takeaway? They're just puppets, people.