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Ovation: Bert And Ernie Come Out As A Couple.

06/30/2013
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The characters found on Sesame Street are American icons.  The program is known for its educational content, and creativity communicated through the use of Jim Henson’s Muppets, animation, short films, humor, and cultural references. The series premiered on stations on November 10, 1969 to positive reviews, some controversy, and high ratings.  Children from two, possibly three, generations have learned endless lessons from watching Sesame Street.

Ernie and Bert were the only Muppets to appear in the original pilot episode.  They proved to be so popular that it was decided that not only should Muppets be the stars of the show but they would also interact with human characters.  A typical Bert and Ernie segment involved Ernie having a silly idea and Bert trying to talk him out of it.  Burt would usually lose his temper and Ernie would remain unfazed by the conflict.

Rumored for years to be gay partners, Sesame Street insisted that they were just “best friends” until now in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, Bert and Ernie appear to be coming out as a couple on the cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker.

The illustration, titled “Moment of Joy”, show Ernie resting his head on Bert’s shoulder as his old buddy holds him with his arm as they watch an image of the court’s nine justices on their television screen.

Perhaps the program confirmed the puppets’ relationship status when, on June 10, the show’s official Twitter account posted a message from Bert:

“Ever notice how similar my hair is to Mr. T’s? The only difference is mine is a little more ‘mo,’ a little less ‘hawk.’ “

I certainly hope today’s children can learn about acceptance, tolerance, friendship and love from the example that Ernie and Bert continue to set.

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14 Comments
  1. Ernie and Bert are no maore gay than Batman and Robin. They are ROOMATES and sleep in different beds. Furthermore it would be totally inapproriate to push any kind of sexual agenda on a pre-school kid’s show. That would just be twisted.

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  2. G-man permalink

    Bert and Ernie did sleep in twin beds. So did Lucy and Ricky. As far as Batman and Robin, well they did wear those tight outfits and the snarky comments flew like mad .

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    • Rob and Laura Petri from The Dick Van Dyke Show also had separate beds. Even Fred and Wilma Flintstone were slept in separate beds for a while. The first television couple (not already married in real life) to share a bed onscreen was Samantha and Darrin Stephens on Bewitched (10/22/64).

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  3. You people here are a nostalgic bunch that pays attention to details. I’m going to like it here.

    BTW – If Batman and Robin were an item, that would make Bruce Wayne guilty of pedophilia and incest. Batman should not be considered a “super hero” in anyone’s book if that was the point. More like a super sick pervert.

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  4. Dick Grason was Bruce Wayne’s ward or adopted son. Saw “Man of Steel” over the weekend. Highly recommended on a lot of levels.

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  5. Also, Lucy/Rickey, Laura/Rob, Fred/Wilma – all those shows were from the 50’s/60’s. They didn’t even show a toilet in the bathroom in those days. Sesame Street is from the 70’s (era of Norman Lear).

    It seems some people like to fantasize or joke about it but Bert and Ernie are simply very good friends on a pre-school educational program. They are not homosexuals. Frank Oz may be; Kevin Clash is Bi; but Burt and Ernie are straight as an arrow. Sorry to burst some peoples’ bubbles.

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  6. I hope the show’s producers do not make a big deal about this. Children accept people as they see them. For years children have accepted Bert & Ernie as a couple of great guys – let it remain the same, not a soapbox for a political agenda. Tolerance is great – the kids have been supportive of Bert & Ernie without a label.

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