Well, it looks like the cat’s out of the bag – or, in this case, the puppet's out of the closet. Or is it? According to a former writer from “Sesame Street,” iconic roomies Bert and Ernie are actually a gay couple.
When asked about whether he thought the two were romantically linked, Mark Saltzman, who joined the show as a writer in 1984, says yes… at least, in his mind. “I always felt that without a huge agenda,” he notes. “When I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.”
It’s worth mentioning, however, that he admittedly linked Bert and Ernie’s supposed relationship to his own love life, with acclaimed film editor Arnold Glassman, who he was already with when he started at “Sesame Street.” “That’s what I had in my life, a Bert and Ernie relationship,” he adds. “I will say that I would ever had said to the head writer, ‘Oh, I’m writing this, this is my partner and me.’”
- ONE MORE THING! Sesame Workshop has take to Twitter to share a statement maintaining their stance. “As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends,” the statement reads. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.” The statement goes on to say that even though Bert and Ernie are “identified as male characters and possess many human traits,” they are after all just puppets. So, they “do not have a sexual orientation."