ERNIE AND BERT
Sesame Street, populated by puppets and multicultural humans, revolutionised children’s television in 1969. What the creators hadn’t planned was that the neighbourhood’s two male best friends might be read as gay. The rumours came to a head in 2018 when former writer Mark Salzman told Queerty, “I don’t think I’d know how else to write them but as a loving couple.” Sesame Street were obliged to respond, saying, “they remain puppets and do not have a sexual orientation”. Still, they are now part of a camp collective that includes Noddy and Big Ears, Tinky Winky, and Woody and Buzz – characters reclaimed when no other queer characters existed. However, with the gay marriage of Mr Ratburn in Arthur, and gay jock Mitch Downe in ParaNorman, perhaps Ernie and Bert can stop having to straighten up the apartment.