The makers of the long-running children’s show, Sesame Street, have denied that the popular characters Bert and Ernie are in a homosexual relationship, despite leftists craving for them to be gay.
Their statement comes after one of the show’s writers, Mark Saltzman, said he believed the pair were indeed lovers. Talking to LGBT magazine Queerty, he said: “I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle mentioned a pre-schooler in the city turned to mom and asked ‘Are Bert and Ernie lovers?'”
“And that, coming from a pre-schooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualise them.”
Saltzman himself is a homosexual, and was in a relationship with one of Sesame Street’s other writers, Arnold Glassman, for over 20 years. “The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as ‘Bert and Ernie” he continued.
Although Saltzman’s claims and the show’s denial has been recent, rumours about Bert and Ernie possibly being more than friends have circled around for years, particularly with the characters known to sleep in the same double bed.
However, these long-running rumours, as well as Saltzman’s claims, have been officially denied by the makers of Sesame Street.
Sesame Workshop, the organisation who makes the show, stated: “As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach pre-schoolers 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.”
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) September 13, 2018
A similar statement was released back in 2011 when the show’s makers announced that Bert and Ernie would not be getting married. This followed from a petition calling to have the pair married, which reached over 9,000 signatures.
A year earlier, it was hinted that Bert was a homosexual during an episode where he compared his hair to the A-Team character Mr T.
“The only difference is mine is a little more ‘mo’, a little less hawk’.” he said, referring to the word “mo” that is short for homosexual in some parts of the LGBT community.
So, whether you like the duo or not, it’s finally been confirmed that they are not gay, and that they are indeed just best friends. Phew…
Seemingly, the LGBT / LGBTQ / LGBTTQQIAAP community, so desperately want Bert and Ernie to be gay, that this may turn into yet another signature petition drive on Change.org, or even a protest down Sesame Street itself.
We just believe that Bert and Ernie deserve some privacy at this time after a whirlwind of accusations being thrown around in the news for the last forty-eight hours.
Story by Emily Clark
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