Sex education for pre-schoolers

Bert and Ernie are more than friends, according to former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman on the LGBTQ lifestyle website Queerty, who said: Quote.

I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a pre-schooler in the city turned to mom and asked ‘Are Bert and Ernie lovers?’ That coming from a pre-schooler was fun, and that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it,” Saltzman told the outlet.” End of quote.

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Fun, fun? Not fun, you idiot, it’s stupid!  Children are not playthings to be experimented with on sexuality.  Who was the tosser who introduced the concept of lovers/sex to the pre-schooler asking the question? It’s pretty horrific that a child would bandy around the term or even worse understand the concept at such a young age.  Someone out there could be responsible for this child’s loss of innocence.  The writer admits he projected his own relationship with his partner onto Bert and Ernie. Quote.

He compared his own relationship with acclaimed editor Arnold Glassman to the characters. “I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as ‘Bert and Ernie,’ ” Saltzman recalled.” End of quote.

There is nothing wrong with projecting positive aspects of his relationship with his partner onto Bert and Ernie. This is to be expected, and all well and good – except that he went too far by crossing the boundary and projecting his sexual preference onto the unfortunate muppets. Sexual relationships have no place in the life of a pre-schooler and any attempt by an adult to lead them down this path is deviant behaviour.

In any case, it’s ludicrous to assume two muppets have any sexuality at all.  Fortunately, Sesame Workshop addressed the problem pretty quick smart. Quote.

As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach pre-schoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves,” the tweet reads. “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.” End of quote.

Well, that’s a relief!

Sesame Works at least understood that Mr Saltzman got a little carried away with endorsing his personal sexual orientation at their expense and that it was not acceptable to have it foisted onto impressionable children.  Or was that Saltzman’s intent?


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