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.
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.
They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Frank Oz -- longtime puppeteer for the show and hands behind some of the beloved characters, including Bert -- also denounced Saltzman, saying, "It seems Mr. It's fine that he feels they are.
Frank Oz is voice of dozens of puppets and muppets as one of Jim Henson's earliest collaborators — and now the storied puppeteer is lending his voice to the debate over whether or not "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie are gay. I know what and who he is," Oz wrotesquashing the idea that Bert and Ernie were a couple. The decades-old discussion over Bert and Ernie's relationship status raged on Twitter after former "Sesame Street" writer Mark Saltzman told blog " Queerty " he wrote the duo as a couple based on his own real world relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman.
Mark Saltzman made the controversial statements in a Sept. There is a difference. Please see our most recent statement regarding Bert and Ernie below.
And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. Please see our statement below regarding Bert and Ernie. Actor, director and puppeteer Frank Ozwho performed regularly as Bert from throughalso offered his take.
CNN Bert and Ernie are still just roommates. Please see our most recent statement regarding Bert and Ernie below. It seems Mr.
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.
Twitter erupted Sunday when a former "Sesame Street" writer seemed to confirm that iconic characters Bert and Ernie are gay. Days later, following internet jubilation and immediate denial by Sesame Workshop, the same writer is clarifying his words. There is a difference. There has been heavy speculation over the puppets' relationship status ever since "Sesame Street" debuted in