Bert and Ernie are extra than simply pals, in keeping with “Sesame Road” writer Mark Saltzman.
Saltzman, who joined the present in 1984, advised Queerty the 2 puppets are a homosexual couple and their relationship is a mirrored image of his partnership with movie editor Arnold Glassman.
“I used to be Ernie. I look extra Bert-ish. And [Arnold] as a movie editor — in the event you considered Bert with a job on this planet, wouldn’t that be excellent? Bert along with his paper clips and group? And I used to be the jokester,” he revealed to the LGBTQ weblog. “So it was the Bert and Ernie relationship, and I used to be already with Arnie once I got here to ‘Sesame Road.’”
The 2 puppets have been dwelling collectively as roommates at 123 Sesame Road for the previous 49 years however slept in separate beds, in keeping with footage shared by TMZ.
Bert and Ernie have been thought of icons within the LGBTQ group for years, however Saltzman mentioned he didn’t write their same-sex relationship with an agenda, quite drawing from his personal experiences.
“I don’t assume I’d understand how else to jot down them, however as a loving couple,” he mentioned.
“Sesame Road” Workshop head Gary Knell denied rumors in 1994. “They don’t seem to be homosexual, they aren’t straight, they’re puppets. They don’t exist beneath the waist,” The Unbiased reported.
Sesame Workshop doubled down on Tuesday, tweeting an similar assertion.
“As we have all the time mentioned, Bert and Ernie are greatest pals,” the assertion learn. “They had been created to show preschoolers that individuals could be good pals with those that are very completely different from themselves. Although they’re recognized as male characters and possess many human traits and traits (as most Sesame Road Muppets do), they continue to be puppets, and shouldn’t have a sexual orientation.”