Popular Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie are apparently gay.
The writer of Sesame Street, Mark Saltzman, told Queerty, “ I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were.”
Saltzman went onto say, “I can remember pitching to the education department, the gatekeepers of the curriculum, gay content, just to get it off my conscience. And I can remember being stonewalled in a way that it made me think it was a lost cause.”
Sesame Workshop, the organization behind Sesame Street, tweeted the following in response to the story:
Please see our statement below regarding Bert and Ernie. pic.twitter.com/6r2j0XrKYu
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) September 18, 2018