Are Sesame Street’s Bert And Ernie Actually Gay For Each Other?

Children grew up watching Bert and Ernie’s friendship in Sesame Street.

Their storyline was adorable and could be considered actual friendship goals. So when the former writer of Sesame Street, Mark Saltzman, broke the news that the two puppets were gay, the said news shook the internet world. Some people claimed that they knew all along while the others were shocked.

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On Tuesday, former writer of Sesame Street, Mark Saltzman confirmed that Bert and Ernie are actually more than best friends. In an Interview with, Queerty, Saltzman shared that he based the tandem of two puppets on his long-term relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman.

“I remember one time that a column from the San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked ‘are Bert & Ernie lovers?’ And that, coming from a preschooler was fun” Saltzman said. “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 contextualize them,” Saltzman continued.

“So it was the Bert & Ernie relationship, and I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them but as a loving couple. I wrote sketches… Arnie’s OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that’s the Bert & Ernie dynamic.”

Sesame Street responds, “the two puppets do not have a ‘sexual orientation'”

The Twitter account of Sesame Street released a statement, saying that the two characters are nothing but puppets who teach preschoolers about friendship despite differences.

In the post, Sesame Street said that Bert and Ernie are just best friends with no sexual orientation despite identifying as male. Though some fans are disappointed for rejecting gay representation, does a sexuality of a puppet change how the two characters bonded? Is sexuality the only thing that defines us?

What matters is the friendship and love formed despite their differences! We could learn a thing or two from this, too.

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