Bert and Ernie are gay.
So says Mark Saltzman, one of Sesame Street’s script and songwriters since 1984. According to news.com.au, Saltzman told Queerty magazine that he wrote Bert and Ernie as a loving couple, one reflecting his own homosexual relationship with one of the show’s film editors at the time. He added, “I remember one time a preschooler [in San Francisco] turned to her mum and asked, ‘are Bert and Ernie lovers?’ and that, coming from a preschooler, was fun. That got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.”
(Supposedly) seeing a four-year-old ask her mother if two male puppets are gay is “fun?!” Ha, ha. I don’t want to know what “everyone went back to it” was referring to. You have a “huge agenda” if you can’t figure out “any other way to contextualize them.” You couldn’t bear to think of two young male puppets as simply friends or roommates, you had to homosexualize them, Mark? Much as some fans of the show did after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York, when they set up a petition asking the show’s creators to have Bert and Ernie get married on screen. Agenda? This is a public-broadcasting show-- featuring puppets-- aimed at preschoolers. It makes no sense for the show to feature any kind of sexuality.
Sesame Street’s creators rejected the claim that Bert and Ernie had it going on, instead describing them as “best friends,” adding, “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.” Like girls and boys, perhaps?
Some fans were upset at this denial of sultry, sexual, subtext between Bert and Ernie, with one stating that it had “broken his heart,” according to London’s The Sun newspaper. But Sesame Street first aired in 1969, fifteen years before Saltzman signed on and projected his own sexuality onto existing—and beloved-- kid’s show characters.
“Kukla, Fran and Ollie,” was a puppet-themed children’s show of the 1950s that most people believe spawned “Sesame Street.” Were it around today, you can bet that writers would be clamoring for Kukla and Ollie to be married, Fran and Madame Ooglepuss to advance the lesbian cause, and, for a dramatic series-ending special, all four to engage in an orgy for the ages.
That so many are talking about this is patently absurd…and not a little horrifying. Puppets-- even Muppets-- are not alive, do not sport genitalia, and cannot have sex. As such, they have no sexual orientation. (Perhaps they are “agender”). Progressives should be made to deal with this ridiculously obvious fact. But that won’t happen.
Because, the truth is, we are all puppets…of the politically-correct elites that control our culture, our schools, our media, our politics…and our lives.