Culture Beat / September 19, 2018

Bert & Ernie: A Case of Mistaken Puppet Love

A show writer insists he thought the pair was gay. The show and the puppet’s creator say he’s wrong.

Never content to let things be, homosexual activists make it their mission to undermine all cultural institutions. Even PBS’s long-running kids show, “Sesame Street,” isn’t safe. Mark Saltzman, a writer on the show from 1984 to 1998, set off the most recent kerfuffle by saying he always thought the characters Bert and Ernie were gay, just like Saltzman and his “roommate,” film editor Arnold Glassman. “I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were [gay],” he opined. “I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie & I as ‘Bert & Ernie.’”

Activists immediately celebrated this supposed vindication of something many have long insisted. Normal Americans rolled their eyes.

“Sesame Street” denied the claim, saying in a statement, “As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have sexual orientation.”

Likewise, iconic puppeteer Frank Oz set the record, er, straight. “It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.” He later added, “I created Bert,” said Oz. “I know what and who he is.”

Why the need to define people, he asks? Because the homosexual identity is bound up in pathological narcissism, and that means affirmation is absolutely essential. Thus the desperate need for “Pride Month,” legal privileges and religious-liberty-crushing demands, and homosexual characters on screen.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2022 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.