This morning I read an article in the Huffington Post about a petition started by a gentleman by the name of Lair Scott that asks Ernie and Bert to get married on Sesame Street. Last I checked they were roommates. Sometimes we go WAY too far.
What do you think of the idea of using Ernie and Bert getting married to explain homosexuality in such a young demographic (pre-school) of children as Sesame Street caters to?
Let children be children. We want to put so much on their little minds and hearts so quickly and then when they act out, we give them the charge of trying to be grown too fast. Ernie and Bert are children. They are roommates. They aren’t homosexual. They are two little boys. They strike me as brothers. Why the adult world wants to sexualize children is beyond me. It’s time for us to stop. I’m grieved about this. Sesame Street and The Children’s Television Workshop have already issued a statement. Here it is for your information:
“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.”
Many people believe that homosexuality has become trendy among teenagers. Do you agree? Why or why not? What do you believe the reason behind this trend is?
I do believe that it has become trendy. Three of my children are in high school. The heterosexual children that I knew in the 8th grade were gay in the 9th grade. Those same children are now back to being heterosexual. A young girl that my children know is right now talking to them about how much she loves a girl that she was in a relationship with who now has had a boyfriend for the past year. Her reasoning for now wanting to reconcile with the girl? She’s not gay anymore. Homosexuality has gone beyond just being a sexual orientation. It has become glamorized by the media, by television, by movies. Everywhere our children look, there it is. I’m not a hater of homosexual people. I think that they deserve the same respect that heterosexuals do and I love them the way that I love everyone. They do not deserve to be abused or mistreated. They also don’t deserve to be exploited. I’ve never heard a gay person say that this is the greatest life they could ever live so I don’t know why anyone would throw in children’s faces in this glamorized way to make them think that it’s flowers and candy.
There are some schools that are created just for homosexual teenagers. It is so that they don’t have to be subject to the cruelty and bullying that they could possibly be exposed to in mainstream schools. What are your thoughts on schools like this? Do you feel that it is helping these children or hurting them in the long run? Why?
I understand the premise behind these schools but I don’t think that they are a good idea. I’m going to quote a fan here as I couldn’t have said it better myself:
“There is no schools for fat kids or gimp legged kids or emo kids. As a big girl I was bullied from k to 12. You learn to deal. Being gay…is not a disability & should not be treated as such.”
Further, at some point, school ends and real life; grown up life, begins. Then what? There is no one there to protect you. We all have to live in this world and deal with the differences in each other.
What age do you feel is appropriate to speak to your children about homosexuality? What if your child has a friend that has 2 mommies or 2 daddies. How will you explain it to them?
I don’t know if there is any age that is not appropriate. I believe that it almost has to present itself to be an effective conversation. Children see so many things before we ever dream of talking to them about it. You have to do what is best for you and yours.