If you grew up watching Sesame Street, prepare to have part of your childhood destroyed. A company called Mately is now using Ernie and Bert in ads for testing sexually transmitted diseases.
FOX News reports:
Bert and Ernie appear in at-home STD testing service ad
Today’s episode of “Sesame Street” is brought to you by the letters STD.
The makers of a new, at-home testing service for people with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases has been using Bert and Ernie in a campaign to promote their company.
“Help us take STD Testing out of the Stone Age,” the company, Matley, writes on Facebook, in a post accompanied by a picture of the famous Sesame Street duo.
The show has claimed for years that Bert and Ernie were simply buddies, but that didn’t stop the New York-based developers from using the pair to help raise money and promote their services, which appear to be aimed at homosexual males.
The pals — long rumored to be lovers — can be seen in the Facebook post looking at a set of papers, with Bert taken aback.
“See Ernie, you’ve got nothing to worry about, everything is positive!” a caption reads.
Along with the ad, Matley linked to an Indiegogo fundraising page, which is currently seeking $500,000 in donations.
The decision to use the Sesame Street characters didn’t sit too well with show.
“The Mately ad is an unauthorized, unlicensed use of our characters,” Elizabeth W. Fishman, Vice President of Strategic Communications, told The Post.
What’s next, Big Bird in ads for PETA?
Progressives ruin everything.