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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Is it Time for Bert and Ernie to Tie the Knot in Gay Marriage Ceremony?

(MYFOXNY.COM) - Now that gay marriage is legal in New York State, is it time for Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street to get hitched?

That's the question posed to visitors of Change.org .

The website posted a petition to encourage the childrens' show's creators to hold a same-sex marriage in a "tasteful way."

The friends sexual orientation has been questioned for years by some viewers.

For decades the pair have shared a close friendship, a bedroom in a small apartment with separate beds. (The duo even wear similar striped shirts.)

But the friends are gender neutral, the show's creators have said and not homosexual.

Throughout their history together, the TV characters have sent the message that no matter how different they might look from each other (Bert was designed with a banana in mind and Ernie with an orange as an inspiration-- hence the shape of their bodies) they are more alike than different and differences should be respected.

What do you think? Are Bert and Ernie gay? Should they be married?


Blogger Lisa said...

Why must childhood be politicized and sexualized? Ernie and Bert were just roomies- why bring implications of puppet sex to four year-olds? Can there not be one sanctuary in a child's life not corrupted by adult issues?

Friday, August 12, 2011 7:50:00 AM  

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