I get a little moody when fans still as or question this. Seriously, what children's show have you ever known to touch on that topic? They haven't even touched on parents who smoke around asthmatic children. In 1993, I got the Official Statement from (then) Children's Television Workshop. We'll keep this topic in this thread ONLY please, as we who are fans know it was a rumor. It isn't discussed on Sesame Street, and you know my rule as a moderator: if it's said on SS, TMS, or FR then I'll allow it here on MC. Any discussion about it outside this thread is illegal. Part of what they sent me includes a statement about the rumor that Ernie was going to be retired from the show. So, what's wrong with characters remaining innocent and showing that, no matter how different you are, you can be friends with each other. http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z24/muleytmule/Other Stuff/EBGayStatement1.jpg http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z24/muleytmule/Other Stuff/EBGayStatement2.jpg http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z24/muleytmule/Other Stuff/EBGayStatement3.jpg Edited to add: I've read the following posts in this thread. To emphasize, I won't allow any prejudice or judgement in this thread. Everyone has a right to their opinion. Any bshing does eual a suspension. I've seen comparisons where Laurel & Hardy r the 3 Stooges are mentioned sharing a bed, and no one's mentioned Looney Tunes characters dressing in drag or Chaplin's insulting his foe males with a kiss. Ultimately, the representation of what the story is or the characters are will lie only in the 'eye of the beholder,' and what works to the means to define one's own walk of life. That is an acceptible answer and appreciated by me who appreciates everyone individually.