Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie aren't gay

Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie aren't gay

Ernie (left) and Bert of Sesame Street pose for photographs during a press conference on the 40th anniversary of the Sesame Street in Hamburg on Jan 7, 2013. (EPA-EFE photo)
Ernie (left) and Bert of Sesame Street pose for photographs during a press conference on the 40th anniversary of the Sesame Street in Hamburg on Jan 7, 2013. (EPA-EFE photo)

NEW YORK: The producers of Sesame Street want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay.

Sesame Workshop tweeted on Tuesday that the characters are best friends and have many human traits but "remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.'' In a follow-up tweet, it says "Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance .''

The tweets came in response to an interview published on Sunday by Queerty with Mark Saltzman, an openly gay former writer for Sesame Street. He says that when he was writing scenes with Bert and Ernie, he "always felt that without a huge agenda'' they were lovers.


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