In the interview, he revealed that Bert and Ernie were essentially Muppet versions of himself and his longtime partner, film editor Arnold Glassman. Glassman died in Go tell that to the legions of LGBT adults who grew up with the almostyear-old characters and could sense that queer subtext between the two since before they could name it.
THE true nature of Bert and Ernie's very special friendship has been a hotly-debated mystery ever since the iconic children's show first aired in Many were convinced the two lovable characters who shared a basement apartment on Sesame Street - but slept in different beds - were gay lovers. With their adorable bickering and easy chemistry, every TV series from Friends and The Simpsons to Family Guy lovingly painted them as partners too.
But is this definitive proof that Bert and Ernie have been gay this whole time? The National Post reviews the evidence. Bert creator Frank Oz said the character is not gay.
Are Bert and Ernie gay? There are many ways of answering this question, which seems to pop up in American culture every few years. With the relationship status of Sesame Street 's most famous roommates making the news again this week, it all depends on which source you think matters most.
Iconic "Sesame Street" puppets Bert and Ernie are a couple, according to a former writer for the show. In an exclusive interview with with blog "Queerty," Mark Saltzman said he felt that when he was writing Bert and Ernie, he was writing them as a couple and basing their interactions on his own experiences. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as 'Bert and Ernie.
In an interview with QueertyMark Salzman was asked if the question had ever come up when he worked on the show, in the early s. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. Salzman was in a relationship with the film editor Arnold Glassmanwho died in
His comments thundered across the internet, spreading both outrage and glee. He said that he and his partner, Arnold Glassman, who died inwere much like Bert and Ernie, opposites who found a way to love each other. He said he did not restrict Bert and Ernie to one sexual orientation, or any at all. Saltzman said.
Amy Held. A former Sesame Street writer stepped into a longtime debate, saying he considered Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple. New life was breathed into a perennial debate this week, when a former Sesame Street writer revealed that not only did he consider beloved characters Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple, but he used his own relationship as creative inspiration.
Bert and Ernie are two Muppets who appear together in numerous skits on the popular children's television show of the United States, Sesame Street. Initially, Henson performed Bert and Oz performed Ernie, but after just one day of rehearsal, they switched characters. The original idea was to show that even though two people can have totally different characteristics, they can still be good friends.