Bert and Ernie are lastly free to love one another in and out the open. In an interview with Queerty, Sesame Avenue author Mark Saltzman confirmed that he conceived of and wrote the longtime fictional roommates as a homosexual couple. In response to Saltzman, he based mostly their relationship on his personal relationship with movie editor Arnold Glassman. In response to Saltzman, he and Glassman, who handed away in 2003, lived collectively throughout his time on the present.

“I at all times felt that with out an enormous agenda, once I was writing Bert & Ernie, they have been [out],” Saltzman defined. “I did not have every other option to contextualize them . . . I do not assume I would know the way else to put in writing them, however as a loving couple.” Saltzman additionally recalled the time a preschooler requested her mom if Bert and Ernie have been lovers. “That acquired handed round, and everybody had their chuckle and went again to it,” he mentioned.

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Hypothesis concerning the nature of Bert and Ernie’s relationship has been round since they have been launched 49 years in the past. After same-sex marriage was legalized in New York, a petition was began to persuade Sesame Avenue to marry the roommates on the air. And whereas the present was little question conscious that two of its most well-known characters had turn out to be homosexual icons, it nonetheless launched a press release in 2011 denying that they have been homosexual, calling them “finest associates” who have been “created to show preschoolers that folks could be good associates with those that are very completely different from themselves.” The assertion added, “Although they’re recognized as male characters and possess many human traits and traits, they continue to be puppets and don’t have a sexual orientation.”

The present has since doubled down on that assertion, re-releasing it on Twitter following Saltzman’s interview, with the lead-in that, “As we now have at all times mentioned, Bert and Ernie are finest associates.”

Saltzman disagrees with the assertion that the characters do not have a sexual orientation, although. In his interview, he goes on to recommend that Bert and Ernie are aren’t the one muppets designed to enchantment to the LGBTQ group. “Snuffleupagus, as a result of he is the form of clinically depressed Muppet . . . you had characters that appealed to a homosexual viewers,” he mentioned. “And Snuffy, this depressed individual no one can see, that is form of Kafka! It is form of homosexual closeted too.”

Whether or not it is actually canon or not that Bert and Ernie are a homosexual couple, it is definitely canon within the hearts of many Sesame Avenue followers.


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