Sesame Street Issues Statement Denying Bert and Ernie Are a Gay Couple — And that's a Problem

The Internet over the past few days has exploded – mostly with joy.

Are Bert and Ernie a same-sex couple?

According to their award-winning Sesame Street writer, yes. According to the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, no. And that's a problem.

"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were" a gay couple, writer Mark Saltzman told Queerty in an exclusive interview.

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The Internet over the past few days has exploded – mostly with joy.

The New Yorker reposted a 2013 cover:

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The New Yorker ✔@NewYorker  

A cover from 2013: Bert and Ernie’s “Moment of Joy.” //nyer.cm/XMAomW8 

12:20 PM - Sep 18, 2018

 

Ellen's executive producer weighed in:

andy lassner ✔@andylassner  

Are there really people who didn’t know Bert and Ernie were gay?

1:13 PM - Sep 18, 2018
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Others expressed their thoughts:

Blair Imani ✔@BlairImani  

| ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄|
| LET BERT AND |
| ERNIE BE THE |
| GAY ICONS WE |
| DESERVE! |
|___________|
(\_____/) ||
/   づ

12:14 PM - Sep 18, 2018
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Tony Posnanski ✔@tonyposnanski  

The GOP is more concerned about the sexuality of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street than the alleged attempted rape by a Supreme Court nominee.

That’s sad.

12:35 PM - Sep 18, 2018
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But not everyone is expressing joy. Some conservatives seem to be outraged.

Richmond [email protected]  

Jim Henson is rolling over in his grave like a young fresh chicken on a spit.

DRUDGE [email protected]_REPORT 

Bert and Ernie ARE gay... //bit.ly/2D7HsL5 

7:41 AM - Sep 18, 2018
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JoAnn [email protected] Replying to @DRUDGE_REPORT 

Now they’ve ruined Sesame Street! Nothing left for children to watch!

8:04 AM - Sep 18, 2018
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Meanwhile, Sesame Workshop, the folks who actually produce Sesame Street, felt the disturbing need to issue a statement denouncing and denying the news Bert and Ernie are gay and in a relationship.

Their claim doesn't hold water.

"Bert and Ernie are best friends," Sesame Workshop states, insisting, "they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."

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Sesame Workshop ✔@SesameWorkshop  

Please see our statement below regarding Bert and Ernie.

11:26 AM - Sep 18, 2018
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But that seems to be false, because it's actually not in keeping with other Sesame Street characters. For example, Clementine is Forgetful Jones' girlfriend.

And Ingrid and Humphrey are married hoteliers.

Also, Mae, Elmo's mother, is married to Louie.

Sesame Workshop needs to come up with a better denial, or let Bert and Ernie be gay.

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