Bert and Ernie Are Gay, Sesame Street Writer Confirms

Rare | 9/18/2018 | Silke Jasso
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It’s a bright day for Sesame Street fans after one of the writers finally “confirmed” what fans have suspected for years. The world’s most beloved puppet roommates, Bert and Ernie, are apparently more than friends. Yes, according to an interview with former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman by LGBTQ lifestyle website Queerty, he wrote Bert & Ernie keeping in mind they were a gay couple.

The two puppets have been living together as roommates at 123 Sesame Street for the past 49 years but slept in separate beds. Bert and Ernie have been considered icons in the LGBTQ community for years, but Saltzman stated he didn’t write their same-sex relationship with an agenda, rather drew from his experiences. He based the characters on his real-life relationship with acclaimed editor Arnold Glassman.

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The creator, who joined the show in 1984, stated he didn’t know how else to write them but as a loving couple, basing sketches on his partner’s life experiences, such as his OCD. The sketches would create friction with how chaotic he was, giving a Bert & Ernie dynamic, becoming analogs for his relationship. For example, things that would tick Arnie, his partner, would be things that ticked off Bert.

This isn’t the first time Bern and Ernie’s relationship has been questioned. In fact, several creators and writer have denied the relationship throughout the years. In 1994, Gary Knell, Sesame Street Workshop head denied the rumors, saying there were not gay or straight, rather just simple puppets, stating, “they don’t...
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