"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 Workshop in a statement responding to an online petition trying to get Sesame Street to out longtime roommates Bert and Ernie as gay. (via The DW)