After years of speculation, Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street fame are gay, according to one of the show’s writers.
“Mark Saltzman, who joined the Sesame Street team in 1984, has revealed he did indeed write Bert and Ernie as a gay couple,” according to a report.
Saltzman said that the characters “reflected his own same sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman at the time.”
Sesame Street has a long history of denying that the characters were romantically involved, perhaps stemming from ratings concerns.
After gay marriage was legalized in New York, fans of the show started a petition for Bert and Ernie to get married during an episode. The show released a statement at the time saying that the pair were “best friends” and 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, they remain puppets and do not have a sexual orientation,” the statement said.
Gary Knell, CEO of Sesame Workshop said in 1994 that Bert and Ernie “are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets.”
Despite all of the denial, Bert and Ernie can finally be themselves, without having to hide who they truly are.
Statue of Abolitionist Frederick Douglass Removed & Stolen from New York Park
So much for this being about Confederate statues.
A statue of famed abolitionist and escaped slave Frederick Douglass was stolen from a Rochester, New York park over the weekend, revealing that leftist cultural vandals have no qualms with destroying icons of individuals essential to the movement against slavery in the United States.
The statue of Douglass was wholly and entirely removed from its base in Rochester’s Maplewood Park, and was missing as of Sunday morning. Pieces of rubble surrounding its foundations suggest the statue was ripped from its base.
A Frederick Douglas statue in Maplewood Park was removed from its base overnight. pic.twitter.com/J43hqxuHTT
— Atyia Collins (@Atyia_Collins) July 5, 2020
The statue was later found in a gorge some distance away from its place in the park, having been crudely dismounted and dumped. The Douglass statue was confirmed to be damaged from the vandalism by Rochester authorities.
Douglass, a longtime Rochester resident, was one of the most famous Black Americans of the 19th century, having escaped slavery as a young man and taken up the abolitionist cause. He was an associate of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and is thought of by many as one of the first black Republicans throughout the Reconstruction period of American history.
Vandalism of the Douglass statue, who perhaps is on par with figures such as Ulysses Grant and Lincoln in association with the Union cause during the Civil War, would eliminate any claim of merely targeting Confederate and “racist” statues on the part of left-wing rioters and protestors. When you can’t even differentiate between figures such as Stonewall Jackson(who merit the preservation of statues in their own right, even if they were on the wrong side) and Frederick Douglass, you lose any claim of historical enlightenment in justification of your cultural jihad against American civilization.
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