Former Sesame Street writer at odds with show runners over Bert and Ernie's sexuality
Iconic Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie are trending on social media after debate sparked regarding their sexual orientation.
Current producers of the show say the two are simply roommates that happen to be best friends, but former show writer, Mark Saltzman, came out and said they were always a gay couple.
Saltzman's claim stirred up a massive response on social media, with some arguing and against the idea of two being a couple.
Sesame Street released a statement in response, saying Bert and Ernie are indeed male characters but are still puppets that do not have a sexual orientation. Saltzman, who at the time was with his since-deceased partner, Arnie, says he couldn't think of any other way to portray the characters other than a loving couple.
People have debated this over the last decade, starting controversy around the two characters. In 2011, a petition circulated asking for Bert and Ernie to marry.
However, as of now, the two are officially just roommates.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Deadly shooting reported at gas station on Sherwood Forest Boulevard overnight
Baton Rouge organization does their part to help a country in need
'Construction is imminent' in portion of EBR flood reduction project
BRPD hosts anti-crime walk in an effort to reduce rising violence
Private ditch that provided drainage filled in, neighbor now worried over flooding...
LSU women's hoops needs a team effort to win
Tiger baseball coach Jay Johnson talks season prep
Wait for mobile betting is nearly over in sportsman's paradise; Wagering operators...
Southern women keep rolling, down Valley 67-58
Liberty Basketball emerging as one of the best teams in the state