‘The Real’ Co-Hosts Jeannie Mai And Tamera Mowry Get Into Heated On-Air Argument About LGBT Issues

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29:  Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry, Loni Love, and Adrienne Bailon pose for portrait at 45th Daytime Emmy Awards - Portraits by The Artists Project Sponsored by the Visual Snow Initiative on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for The Artists Project)

‘The Real’ Co-Hosts Jeannie Mai And Tamera Mowry Get Into Heated On-Air Argument About LGBT Issues

Things got hella real on ‘The Real.’

Published September 22, 2018

The Real got real the other day when the subject of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie were revealed as homosexual.

  1. Co-hosts Tamera Mowry and Jeannie Mai had a mini war over the subject. Mowry says she doesn’t want any of her children thinking about anything other than the lessons the PBS program explicitly relays. She drew from her own childhood experiences.

    “I know that when I was watching Sesame Street as a kid, it was one of my favorite shows. I wasn’t really thinking about the genitalia and what they were doing sexually as a kid. They’re puppets,” she said. “But as a parent, I’m like, what are you teaching my child? Are you teaching my children how to love one another? Are you teaching my children how to be friendly and create amazing friendships? That’s what really matters. I don’t care if they’re brown, yellow, orange — whatever. What is the message?”

    Things turned up though after Jeannie cut in and gave her opinion. “I hear what you’re saying, but I disagree because they do care. And your kids are learning,” she said before Mowry replied. “At 5 years old and at 3 years old, my daughter isn’t thinking … ” Mowry said. And then it REALLY turned up.

    “Let me finish,” Mai exclaimed. “Let me finish really quick.  All I’m saying is, I was that girl. I learned how to speak English … “

    Frustrated, Tamera said, “I’m speaking for my kids and my experience, so you can speak from yours.”

    Mai says she disagrees with Sesame Street releasing a statement contradicting the idea of Bert and Ernie being a couple when one of the voice actors made news when he claimed the two were homosexual.

    “I’m just saying, Tam. For me, I had to learn from them, too. I learned watching Sesame Street how to speak English, and Bert and Ernie were my best friends,” she said. “I believed in them and I learned from them, how to have a healthy and happy relationship. I learned how that relationship works. So when Sesame Street says they’re not gay, it says to me that being gay is not OK. That’s the problem. That’s the problem with this situation.”

    “There are kids out there that have two moms and have two dads and they need to see that love takes shape in all forms,” she continued. “When Bert and Ernie are together, they have potential to break down barriers.”

  2. It looks like the two are still cool however as Tamera posted a pic of the two hugging each other and the caption, “We’re cool.”

    Social media was conflicted about the initial argument with people making points for both sides.

  3. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

Written by Paul Meara

Photo: Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for The Artists Project

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