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Stop Wishing Bert + Ernie Are Gay Lovers. The Twin Beds Should Be Explanation Enough

Family Guy had no problem outing baby Stewie as a definite ‘mo last year, and that’s what we “thought” was true about Sesame Street with Bert, when the muppet tweeted over the summer (during gay pride!), “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.’” But show creators, despite the high hopes of The Gays, continue shooting down the idea their characters have any sexual orientation.

Though I guess that makes sense, since Sesame Street has never wanted viewers (or readers of its tweets) to read too much into what goes on between the characters. After all, in the above years-old scene where Bert is giving his nephew a bath, Ernie asks, “Do you realize there’s nothing in [the tub] for him to play with?” Not sexual, just a way to teach kids they shouldn’t fight their parents over bathing.

Which means we’ll have to make do with Ernest and Bertram:

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  • peteNsfo

    It certainly was for, Lucy & Ricky, and Rob & Laura.

    If Burt and Ernie turn out to be straight, I promise not to judge them.


  • Gary B.

    Oh please, the separate beds are an obvious red herring.

    You know that once those cameras were off those were some horny muppets f*cking each others brains out. Ernie is obviously a bottom.

  • TampaZeke

    If I remember correctly, Ricky and Lucy, who were married, slept in separate beds for years. Hell, they even conceived Little Ricky without ever spending one second together in the same bed.

    If it’s good enough for them it should be good enough for Bert and Ernie.

  • Robert

    Nobodies going to bring up the childrens hour reference?

  • Carsen Tyler

    Haha Children’s Hour reference, oddly enough the only time I saw that play put on was by a Catholic all girl’s high school…it was hilarious because it was performed for a bunch of middle schoolers. The bus ride back was filed with awkward comments such as, “That can’t be true, lesbians didn’t exists till the 1960’s.” You had little 12-year-old me, wanting to yell something about Saphos and ancient Greece, but I was already in trouble over flipping my desk over for getting upset about hearing my ancient english teacher tell us about how all the gays were trying to corrupt the children when she subbed our religion class. Mind you this was 2001, and in San Francisco. Shit, now I realize why my peers were saying I was a lesbian before I even figured out I was one.

  • Jaroslaw

    I guess everyone forgot Bert & Ernie used to take baths together – this was years ago when the show first came on.

  • Jaroslaw

    Twin beds? All the married couples with children on the 50’s TV shows had them. Note they had CHILDREN….which means….

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