‘When I was writing Bert and Ernie…I didn’t have any other way to contextualise them…’
(News.com.au) Decades of speculation over two of Sesame Street’s most famous characters — Bert and Ernie — is over.
One of the iconic show’s writers has revealed that they were indeed written as a gay couple.
Joining the Sesame Street team in 1984, Mark Saltzman told Queerty the two beloved characters reflected his own same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman at the time.
He said that he wrote them as a loving couple, and felt that he didn’t have any other way to portray them.
“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,” he said in the interview.
“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.”
The news had been a long time coming for many in the LGBT community who see Bert and Ernie as gay icons.
According to Pink News, after same-sex marriage was legalised in New York, fans of the show even set up a petition on change.org asking for the show’s creators to have Bert and Ernie get married on screen.
However, Sesame Street then released a statement in response, saying that the characters were “best friends” and were “created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves…Original Source…