Recently, as reported at Newshub, screenwriter Mark Saltzman, himself a gay man, told LGBT news site Queerty that the beloved Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie were created based on his own loving relationship with a man. Of course, in the Newshub article, Saltzman back peddled a bit, but too late to quell the internet buzz, including on twitter.
Among other rumors was the idea that the two muppets were going to publicly come out as gay on the Sesame Street show and even get married.
Wait! What? On a television show made for pre-school age children?
Even the (in my opinion) left-leaning Snopes.com declared that rumor as false.
And yet, an opinion piece at Chron.com declares It matters that Bert and Ernie are a happy gay couple, and here’s why. Here’s the core of the article by Nora Reed: