‘Sesame Street’ Introduces Karli, A Muppet In Foster Care

Department of Health and Human Service's Children's Bureau, there are more than 440,000 children and youth in foster care.” /> According to the U.S.
In one video, Karli's foster mom explains to Elmo that Karli's mother is "having a hard time" and that they will "keep her safe until her mommy can take care of her again."
You can watch one of the videos below the story. Karli will be featured in new videos, interactive activities for families and storybooks available for free online.
Elmo innocently asks when that will be, to which Karli's foster mom explains they're not sure. But "what we do know is that Karlie belongs here now."
"We want her here with us," she says.
The addition of Karli is part of an initiative from the "Sesame Street in Communities" program, which provides free resources for community providers and caregivers on various topics, including difficult issues such as homelessness and traumatic experiences, according to Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street.
“Fostering a child takes patience, resilience, and sacrifice, and we know that caring adults hold the power to buffer the effects of traumatic experiences on young children,” said Dr. By giving the adults in children’s lives the tools they need—with help from the Sesame Street Muppets—we can help both grownups and children feel seen and heard and give them a sense of hope for the future.” “We want foster parents and providers to hear that what they do matters—they have the enormous job of building and rebuilding family structures and children’s sense of safety. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of US Social Impact at Sesame Workshop.
Sesame Street is tackling the tough issue of homelessness. The popular children's show has introduced new muppet Karli, a yellow-haired friend of Elmo's who introduces viewers to her "for-now parents" Dalia and Clem.

Bert & Ernie Are Still Not Gay, Say Sesame Workshop & Frank Oz

Wrote another: "You may have created him, but you don't seem to realize or appreciate what he meant to thousands of little boys growing up. You digging in your heels (and wrongly conflating romantic orientation with sexual orientation) with what seems like disgust is abjectly disappointing."
Those old rumors about the Muppets pals were reignited earlier this week when former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman told website Queerty that he "contextualized" Bert and Ernie as a couple based on his own relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman.
“I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were," Saltzman said when asked if the two Muppets were gay. "I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.”
The statement drew a response from Sesame Workshop, saying, in part, "they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."
"It's fine that he feels they are. Does it really matter? But why that question? Master puppeteer and director Oz also disputed Saltman's take. "It seems Mr. Why the need to define people as only gay? Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay," Oz tweeted. There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness." They're not, of course.
Asked by a follower why he needed to define Bert and Ernie as straight, Oz replied, "For honesty."

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Wrote one: "Why the need to define people as gay? I’ve known since I was 7, and was told what the word meant. I’m gay. Always have been, always will be. Yes, there are a lot of bi and pan people out there, but there are also A LOT of gay people." 100% gay. Oz's tweet didn't go down very well with some of  his Twitter followers. Uh, because we exist.
Finally, Oz signed off, thanking his followers for the discussion and pondering an alternate Bert and Ernie universe:
"How odd you see my feelings as disgust," responded Oz, continuing the discussion. See it here.
"As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends," tweeted Sesame Workshop. "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."
The answer to 'Why is heterosexuality obvious', is that I'm only writing about a character I created and know. Later in the Twitter conversation, Oz writes, "As I've written, It pleases me that people see themselves and others positively in those characters. I'm not writing about all people."
"I know what and who he is." And no, he isn't gay. "I created Bert," says Frank Oz.