VOTE: Do you think 'Sesame Street' missed an opportunity with Bert and Ernie?


Bert and Ernie are one of the most lovable duos in the history of children’s television. For decades, the goofy “Sesame Street” Muppets have enchanted and enthralled children while teaching them about everything from numbers and words to important life lessons — all while engaging in adorable banter.

People have long speculated about whether Bert and Ernie are more than just best friends, and that there is something else to their relationship — that they might be gay. 

On Tuesday, an interview with former “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman, who is gay, went viral. Saltzman told LGBTQ news website Queerty that he based Bert and Ernie on his own relationship with partner Arnold Glassman. 

“I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them,” Saltzman told the website. “The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as ‘Bert & Ernie.'”

Later Tuesday, Sesame Workshop tweeted addressed Saltzman’s comments, saying Bert and Ernie “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

“Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance,” it tweeted as a follow-up. 

There were, of course, plenty of replies to both these tweets, with people commenting that “Bert and Ernie are just Bert and Ernie” to others pointing out that representation matters.

So, what do you think? Did “Sesame Street” miss an opportunity to teach children about different types of love and relationships, or are Bert and Ernie just Bert and Ernie? Let us know in the poll above.