Bert & Ernie Outed on Sesame Street!
Sesame Street writer Jon Stone has said that Bert And Ernie’s relationship reflected the real-life dynamic between Jim Henson and Frank Oz.
Oz and Henson had a unique performing relationship because their major characters usually interacted. “Watching Jim’s Ernie teasing Frank Oz’s Bert and driving him to distraction was to witness unadulterated glee,” said Caroly Wilcox, a longtime Muppeteer, designer and builder [source: Finch]. Henson said that Oz was “probably the person most responsible for the Muppets being funny” [source: Finch].
Mark Saltzman, a former writer on “Sesame Street” who is gay, said in in an interview that he took inspiration from his own relationship in writing the duo. “I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple,” he told Queerty, a gay and lesbian news and entertainment site.
The statement made waves on the internet… But no: Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street are not gay. It’s official.
Sesame Workshop said in a statement: “As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves”.
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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.”
It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.
— Frank Oz (@TheFrankOzJam) September 18, 2018