Well, it's not everyday Sesame Workshop is forced to issue a bizarre statement about two iconic characters in an effort to straighten out whether they are straight (or not.)
But that's what we've got here. In response to that online petition that has gained traction -- as online petitions do when people have nothing better to do -- which seeks to have Bert and Ernie joined in matrimony (now that it's legal in New York) -- the Workshop yesterday released this:
“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.”
I suppose any day now, we should expect a statement also clarifying the relationship of Ernie and Rubber Duckie.