As parents we are bound to be asked a plethora of questions from our children. From time to time these questions are asked because children may see, hear, or watch something on television- that they want to learn more about. Plenty of parents/caregivers turn to Sesame Street to aid in teaching children– many of us grew-up loving Sesame Street. Sesame Street has evolved with the times– tackling harsh situations, such as the episode regarding the 9/11 attacks and bullying.
Since Sesame Street is such a great learning aid, that has helped children to learn various things such as ABC’s 123’s to diversity– many feel Sesame Street should address same-sex marriage. A petition was made to allow Bert and Ernie to marry. Sesame Street has responded to this petition on Facebook:
“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.–Sesame Street“
The question of the day: Is Sesame Street the right platform to help children understand same-sex marriages or should parents teach this at home?