So yeah, this is an issue
For so many years, for whatever mind-numbing reason, the sexuality of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie have always been a hot topic of discussion. People have always guessed that there was something going on behind the duo’s 49-year-long bromance.
No one knows who started the creepy idea of questioning a puppet’s sexuality, nor has anyone questioned why it SHOULD even be a topic (they are puppets for god’s sake) but here we are.
Can everyone take a step back and realize how funny it is that people are arguing about if Bert and Earnie are gay or not
— Hoover (@Hooverr) September 19, 2018
As what seems to be a final confirmation on the weirdest ‘will they/won’t they’ dilemma in our lifetime, Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman confirmed that, yes, he wrote Bert and Ernie as a couple in mind in an interview with LGBTQ news site Queerty.
‘And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were (gay). I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.’
‘I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple.’
However, Sesame Workshop – the organization behind Sesame Street – denied the statement, saying that the two ‘remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.’
Please see our statement below regarding Bert and Ernie. pic.twitter.com/6r2j0XrKYu
— Sesame Workshop (@SesameWorkshop) September 18, 2018
Still, that didn’t stop people from voicing out their reactions
I DON'T CARE IF BERT AND ERNIE ARE GAY I JUST WANT THEM TO BE HAPPY!!!!
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 18, 2018
Listen, Bert and Ernie fucking women was part of my childhood and you can't just take that away.
— Sandra Newman (@sannewman) September 18, 2018
I love all these homophobes upset about Bert & Ernie being gay because it's "unnatural" have no problem with a 8ft 2in bird, a frog who got a pig pregnant, & a green monster with no visible nose living in a garbage can. Bert & Ernie are the most normal characters on Sesame Street
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) September 18, 2018
People are freaking out over whether Bert & Ernie are gay or not…
What a world we live in.
People, they are fucking puppets with no penises!
— Dickie Chen-Moonves (@EvelDick) September 19, 2018
What do you think? Does this even make sense?