Sesame Street – where did all these characters come from?

When I grew up, we had Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Snuffy, The Count, Grover, Slimey the Worm, Telly, and a couple of my all-time favorites, The Martians & The Honkers.

I would like to know, however, what kind of “street” this Sesame really is?  After all, where did all these new characters come from?

  • Ovejita – a Spanish speaking, flying lamb.
  • Sonny Friendly – America’s friendliest game show host.
  • Little Murray Sparkles – Elizabeth’s pet cat.  Who is Elizabeth?!
  • Dingers – a relative of The Honkers, Dingers communicate via bicycle bells on their heads.

And, in case you were wondering, according to an official statement issued by Sesame Street, Bert and Ernie are NOT gay, contrary to popular belief.  Try to quell your gasps.  After all, THEY ARE PUPPETS!!  The fact that Sesame Street had to put out an official statement for puppets… well, that’s just, um…

Here is the statement, as found on Sesame Street’s Facebook page:

“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.”

Well, there you have it.  I’d prefer to teach humanity as opposed to sexual orientation during the preschool years anyway.  You?



1 comment to Sesame Street – where did all these characters come from?

  • Tammy Kim

    I can still remember when i was a kid, i used to watch sesame street. they’re like my favorite characters on tv.. and now that i grew up.. i would love to watch this with my kids.. i know by watching this together, we’ll all have a lot of fun
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