A writer for Sesame Street has come out – phrasing – to claim Bert and Ernie were gay. Duh.
THE true nature of Bert and Ernie’s very special friendship has been a hotly-debated mystery ever since the iconic children’s show first aired in 1969. Many were convinced the two lovable characters who shared a basement apartment on 123 Sesame Street – but slept in different beds – were gay lovers.
Now, after decades of speculation, one of the show’s writers has lifted the lid on its most famous and beloved characters.
Mark Saltzman, who joined the Sesame Street team in 1984, revealed he did write Bert and Ernie as a gay couple. He told Queerty the characters reflected his own same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman at the time.
Well thank you, Mister Helper, because no one ever assumed Bert and Ernie were gay. My question is why would Saltzman bother to confirm it? Why bring sexuality – gay or otherwise – into a children’s show? Why couldn’t you just leave it alone?
Dennis Prager is fond of this saying, and it is more than appropriate in this instance: “Whatever the left touches it ruins.”