Iconic "Sesame Street" puppets Bert and Ernie are a couple, according to a former writer for the show. In an exclusive interview with with blog "Queerty," Mark Saltzman said he felt that when he was writing Bert and Ernie, he was writing them as a couple and basing their interactions on his own experiences. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as 'Bert and Ernie. However, Sesame Workshop, which produces the show, denies the pair are together, saying they have no sexual orientation but are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Saltzman, who wrote for "Sesame Street" from until , said the duo's relationship was modeled after his own life with film editor Arnold Glassman, who was Saltzman's partner until Glassman's death in
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If you had the misfortune to be on the Internet this week — and who among us was not, alas? In an interview with Queerty , former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman said that while he was a writer on the show, he imagined the two Muppet roommates as a gay couple, basing them a bit off himself and his late partner Arnold Glassman. Twitter exploded over this, causing the Sesame Workshop to issue a tweet that Bert and Ernie did not have a sexual orientation. Twitter exploded over this too, and then legendary puppeteer and director Frank Oz chimed in, saying that when he created the character of Bert, he did not see him as gay. Twitter, you may have sensed a theme by now, exploded. And, well?
Bert and Ernie are indeed a gay couple, 'Sesame Street' writer claims
Frank Oz is voice of dozens of puppets and muppets as one of Jim Henson's earliest collaborators — and now the storied puppeteer is lending his voice to the debate over whether or not "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie are gay. I know what and who he is," Oz wrote , squashing the idea that Bert and Ernie were a couple. The decades-old discussion over Bert and Ernie's relationship status raged on Twitter after former "Sesame Street" writer Mark Saltzman told blog " Queerty " he wrote the duo as a couple based on his own real world relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman. It's fine that he feels they are.
That is, according to "Sesame Street," which released an official statement on the matter on Thursday responding to an online campaign calling for the pair to be married. In South Africa they added an HIV-positive character to the [program] to combat ignorance and exclusion. SpongeBob could not be reached for comment. One online petition , launched this week, had gathered more than 5, signatures supporting a Bert and Ernie marriage.