Sesame Street Writer Confirms What We’ve Known All Along: Bert and Ernie Are More Than Just Buddies
I mean, it’s cute that they thought we all haven’t assumed this since we learned what being gay meant all those years ago. A writer for Sesame Street has confirmed that our favorite roomies/best buds are, in fact, more than just friends. Bert and Ernie, two regular Muppet dudes who share an apartment, are a nice, loving couple. Just your everyday gay couple, growing old together and pushing each other’s buttons. It’s adorable, and we are here for it.
In an interview with Queerty, one of the original writers for the children’s muppet show says that he thinks of Bert and Ernie as a loving couple.
It’s so obvious, but OK, I suppose it needed to be said! In the interview, writer Mark Saltzman says, “I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked ‘are Bert & Ernie lovers?’ And 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 & Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie [Saltzman’s partner at the time] & I as ‘Bert & Ernie’.”
He used his own relationship with Arnie as a model for writing the relationship between Bert and Ernie. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Saltzman continued, “And Arnie as a film editor—if you thought of Bert with a job in the world, wouldn’t that be perfect? Bert with his paper clips and organization? And I was the jokester. So it was the Bert & Ernie relationship, and I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple. I wrote sketches … Arnie’s OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that’s the Bert & Ernie dynamic”.
Since the story broke, Sesame Street has released a statement.
Please see our most recent statement regarding Bert and Ernie below. pic.twitter.com/gWTF2k1y83
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) September 18, 2018
Whatever, Sesame Street. Bert and Ernie are totally gay. We know it, you know, they know it. Even the pigeons had to have caught on at some point. Let them live their love, it’s all any of us want out of this life.
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