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.
The Internet over the past few days has exploded – mostly with joy.
The New Yorker reposted a 2013 cover:
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 18, 2018
Ellen's executive producer weighed in:
Are there really people who didn’t know Bert and Ernie were gay?
— andy lassner (@andylassner) September 18, 2018
Others expressed their thoughts:
| LET BERT AND |
| ERNIE BE THE |
| GAY ICONS WE |
| DESERVE! |
— Blair Imani (@BlairImani) September 18, 2018
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.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 18, 2018
But not everyone is expressing joy. Some conservatives seem to be outraged.
Jim Henson is rolling over in his grave like a young fresh chicken on a spit. https://t.co/n1OmR0ZhQe
— Richmond Joe (@joeac1112) September 18, 2018
Now they’ve ruined Sesame Street! Nothing left for children to watch!
— JoAnn Keller (@joannkeller84) September 18, 2018
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."
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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