Bert and Ernie’s relationship continues to debate
‘Sesame Street’ writer told an LGBTQ blog that the lovable duo Bert and Ernie are indeed gay. Before the news can spread too fast, however, Sesame Workshop stepped in.
Although they are dolls, people have speculated that “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie are more than just roommates and best friends. However, after a former writer comments on the matter, the spirit behind the setting the record straight.
The debate got a new lease of life as Mark Saltzman, a writer on the show from 1984 to 1998, spoke to Queerty in an interview in which he said that he always thought of the characters as a “loving couple.”
Saltzman was asked by the outlet directly if the characters were gay, and he recalled reading about a child asking his mother that question. Saltzman, a gay man, said the story made him laugh.
“I always had the feeling that without a major agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were,” he revealed he drew inspiration from his relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman. “I have no other way to contextualize. The other thing was, more than a person referred to Arnie & I as ‘Bert & Ernie.'”
He continued: “Because how else? That is what I had in my life, a Bert & Ernie relationship. How can it not penetrate? The things that would tick Arnie would be the things that would check Bert. How could it not? I will say that I never would have said that the head of the writer, ” oh, I’m writing this, this is my partner and me.'”
Although Saltzman wrote for “Sesame Street” for many years, it is worthwhile to note that he did not create the characters, he only wrote for them and a number of others in his long career. He is also never an official statement, only gave insight into his writing process. Still, many took his words as a confirmation of the long-running rumor that the characters are more than just roommates.
However, to quell rampant speculation about the “Sesame Street” canon, sesame street Workshop, which runs from the children’s show, released in a tweet indicated that the character’s are meant to be without sexual orientation.
“We have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with people who are different than themselves. Although 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 sexual orientation.”
See our statement below regarding Bert and Ernie. pic.twitter.com/6r2j0XrKYu
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) September 18, 2018
The show is still up in the air after his first debut in 1969. As a result of the long-term, Saltzman is not the first address of the idea that Bert and Ernie are a gay couple. However, the tweet from sesame street Workshop on Tuesday confirms that the answer to the question of whether they are gay or straight is a resounding ” neither.”