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29th Dec 2019

Iconic! A Sesame Street writer just revealed that Bert and Ernie are a gay couple

Rebecca O'Keeffe

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The gay icons the world needs.

We all grew up watching Sesame Street, right?

There were so many loveable characters… but Bert and Ernie were always our faves.

And as if we didn’t love them enough already, one of the show’s writers has revealed that the duo are in fact a gay couple.


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Mark Saltzman, a script and songwriter on the show, has said he wrote the duo as a couple.

“I remember one time a preschooler in San Francisco turned to her mum and asked, ‘are Bert and Ernie lovers?’ and that, coming from a preschooler, was fun.”

“That got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it.”

“And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualise them.”

However, despite this groovy revelation, Sesame Street have released a statement, refuting the claims that Bert and Ernie are gay.

In a tweet, the show wrote:

“They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.”

“Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Hmm… what do you reckon?