ERNIE AND BERT

DNA Magazine - - INTERVIEW WITH A PORN STAR -

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.

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