It’s confirmed: Bert and Ernie are gay…or maybe they aren’t, they are of course, puppets

There is a bit of a fight going on over the sexuality of puppets. Yes, seriously, this is a thing.

Bert and Ernie are more than just friends….or maybe they aren’t. In an interview, a longtime writer for the popular children’s television program, Sesame Street, says that he always thought of Bert and Ernie as more than friends.

According to a new interview, Mark Saltzman who wrote for the program from 1984-1998, said the following answering what most people had already suspected, that the popular characters were written, in fact, as homosexuals:

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. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as “Bert & Ernie.”

However, Sesame Street says not so fact, they put out a statement challenging Saltzman’s assumption about Bert and Ernie.

As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with people that are different from them. Even though that 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.

So, which is it? Are Bert and Ernie gay or not? Do they share more than just the same living place? Should anybody really care because, you know, they are muppets? That’s probably the correct answer, but for whatever reason, people really appear to be invested in the sexuality of inanimate objects…like puppets.


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