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‘Sesame Street’ Writer Says He Thought of Ernie and Bert as Gay ‘Lovers’

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September 19, 2018

Thought you knew Sesame Street stars, Bert and Ernie? Well think again. It turns out that everyone’s favorite Sesame Street duo have actually been gay lovers this whole time. In an interview with Queerty, Sesame Streetwriter Mark Saltzman claimed that he had always written them “as a loving couple.” Saltzman joined the show in 1985. The show began in 1969.

Apparently, Saltzman drew inspiration for the puppet duo from his own homosexual relationship with editor Arnold Glassman. For Saltzman, making the characters as lovers wasn’t about promoting an LGBT agenda, but about reflecting on his own romantic experiences. It was all implied.

Saltzman claimed, “I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were [gay.] I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.” He added, “The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as ‘Bert and Ernie.’”

Well this is news to millions of fans of the beloved PBS franchise. Then again, maybe not. The topic of Bert and Ernie’s homosexuality has been a subtle joke over the years. Saltzman recalled a comical story from the San Francisco Chronicle awhile back that mentioned how one progressive child picked up on the not-so-subtle clues. He stated, “a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked, ‘Are Bert and Ernie lovers?’

“That coming from a preschooler was fun, and that got passed around,” he mentioned, adding that “everyone had their chuckle and then went back to it.”

You know, two dudes living together … doing everything together. Well, if morning cartoon viewers couldn’t see the writing on the wall, obviously they weren’t looking hard enough, or maybe just weren’t progressive enough. But it’s official and you can hide from it no longer. These childhood heroes are gay.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 8:18 am

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