Sesame Workshop: Bert And Ernie Are Just Best Friends

September 19, 2018


Sesame Workshop has issued a statement that Bert and Ernie aren't gay, just best friends. The statement comes after long-time writer for the show (1984 - 1998) Mark Saltzman stated in an interview that, "I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were [gay]." The actual statement:


Frank Oz also had this to add:


Wait so are they puppets or people? I'm confused. Regardless, they're at least best friends, we know that. Kind of like how me and my buds are just best friends until we all find ourselves four wine coolers deep in the hot tub and transform into homoerotic mermen for the night. *phone rings* Yooooo. Come on, your girlfriend doesn't read Geekologie.

Thanks to Shannon S, who agrees there's absolutely nothing wrong with hanging out with your best bro while he's taking a bubble bath.

  • "Does it really matter? Do we need to define people as gay?" Yes, because inclusiveness and identity are the core values of your own show you literal fucking muppet. If I'd had gay characters in TV shows as a kid I would have turned out to be a far less fucked up and miserable adult. I would have been able to say .... oh, that makes sense now. Now I get it. As opposed to WHAT EVEN AM I WHY DO GIRLS MAKE ME SHY WHY AM I DIFFERENT for literally my entire fucking childhood. Fuck bigots.

  • Creators: Our show is diverse! We want kids to know everyone is accepted!

    Gays: Even us?

    Creators: Ew no

  • Doog

    Is this new Upvote/Funny/Love/Surprised/Angry/Sad thing an ad of some sort or...?

  • TheQiwiMan

    Don't click anything or Nigerian Scammers will steal all your emails!

  • FearlessFarris

    It's so exhausting how absolutely EVERYTHING has to get dragged into the culture wars. Please please please leave your agendas off of my childhood memories.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    people say stuff like your comment only when they disagree with the particular topic and accuse it of being an "agenda" when, in reality, it's just a way of life that is different than yours which makes you uncomfortable

  • Eric Ord

    Everything already is in the culture wars. You're saying everything has to be in line with they hegemony, which is trodding other cultures down.

  • Bling Nye

    Sounds a little dramatic. Looking back, there's a lot of shit in my childhood memories that was "normal" at the time but is actually pretty fucked up, even with the rose-tinted nostalgia goggles on....also, just curious, why did you choose the words "culture war" and "agenda" regarding what amounts to simple "opinion"...?

  • Nicholas Conrad

    They aren't friends, they don't even hang out together off-set. Look at their shoes: Bert isn't walking within a MILE of wherever Ernie's shoes are getting so filthy!

  • Draco Basileus

    Next Frank will be telling us that Yoda isn't a nonacentennialgenarian.

    BTW, never thought of Bert or Ernie being gay. Just thought they were two dudes who like to smoke chronic together and talk about shit.

  • Closet Nerd

    That is NOT what you said to me when I invited you to join me in my bubble bath...

  • TheQiwiMan

    Anyone who watches Sesame Street (or any kids show) and feels the overwhelming desire to speculate (and comment on) where each muppet might feel the (non-existent) urge to place their (non-existent) genitalia in their (non-existent) personal lives is truly a demented, degenerated human being.

    Sexualizing children's entertainment is disgusting, full stop. This is not a Gay Rights thing. It would be equally inappropriate and demented to suggest that Big Bird gets mad heterosexual poon BECAUSE IT'S A FRIKKIN KIDS SHOW.

  • No, it's disgraceful, disgusting and inhumane that you instantly reduce the discussion to sex and genitals just because the word gay is mentioned, you fucking bigoted pervert. Kids can be gay, gay doesn't mean sex, it's n orientation, I knew at 8, no it wasn't about my genitals then either you twisted fuck.

  • Eric Ord

    How dare you trivialize our relationship this way, TheQiwiMan?!

  • FearlessFarris

    **STANDING OVATION** for TheQiwiMan

  • Doog
  • The_Wretched

    Sorry, not sorry. Bert and Ernie are gay. That's not a sexual statement any more than suggesting Mr.Snuffleupagusis a sexual statement since he had a hetero girl friend at one point.

    Sesame Street has done a ton of intentional normalizing of marginalized groups including empowering women and girls as well as racial minorities.

    The one on a sick sexual tirade thinking about Muppet genitals is you.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Calling out the sexualization of children's entertainment is sexualizing children's entertainment?

    Computer: Please define "Projection"

  • The_Wretched

    Calling out only thinking of gay people as 1 dimensional sex focused misses the point of LQGBT people being full people.

    Straight couple kisses, it's called PDA. Gay couple kisses and it's suddenly driving their sexuality down your throat. Same here. Having them be a gay couple means they have a relationship based on romantic affection. It doesn't call to mind what's in their pants (or not). The sexual obsession is on the part of the person with the double standard (you).

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