Sesame Street Writer Confirms Bert and Ernie Were Written as a Gay Couple

  • Sesame Street Writer Confirms Bert and Ernie Were Written as a Gay Couple
  • Sesame Street Writer Confirms Bert and Ernie Were Written as a Gay Couple

    Bert and Ernie are lastly free to enjoy each other out and also in the open. In a meeting with Queerty, Sesame Road writer Mark Saltzman confirmed that he visualized as well as composed the long time fictional flatmates as a gay couple. According to Saltzman, he based their connection on his very own connection with movie editor Arnold Glassman. According to Saltzman, he and Glassman, that passed away in 2003, lived together throughout his time on the program.

    \" I always really felt that without a massive agenda, when I was composing Bert and also Ernie, they were [out],\" Saltzman discussed. \"I didn't have otherwise to contextualize them ... I do not believe I 'd know exactly how else to write them, however as a caring couple.\" Saltzman additionally recalled the moment a young child asked her mom if Bert and Ernie were enthusiasts. \"That got circulated, as well as everyone had their chuckle and also returned to it,\" he claimed.

    Supposition regarding the nature of Bert as well as Ernie's partnership has been around since they were introduced 49 years earlier. After same-sex marriage was legislated in New York, a petition was begun to persuade Sesame Road to marry the flatmates on the air. As well as while the program was no question conscious that 2 of its most well-known characters had come to be gay symbols, it still released a statement in 2011 refuting that they were gay, calling them \"friends\" who were \"created to instruct preschoolers that individuals can be friends with those who are very various from themselves.\" The statement added, \"Even though they are recognized as male characters and possess numerous human characteristics as well as attributes, they stay creatures and also do not have a sexual orientation.\"

    The show increased down on that declaration, re-releasing it on Twitter complying with Saltzman's meeting, with the lead-in that, \"As we have always stated, Bert and Ernie are friends.\"

    Saltzman disagrees with the assertion that the characters don't have a sexual orientation, though. In his interview, he takes place to suggest that Bert and also Ernie are aren't the only muppets made to attract the LGBTQ neighborhood. \"Snuffleupagus, since he's the type of clinically depressed Muppet ... you had characters that appealed to a gay target market,\" he stated. \"As well as Snuffy, this depressed person nobody can see, that's sort of Kafka! It's sort of gay closeted also.\"