The nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street was apparently displeased when former writer Mark Saltzman claimed Tuesday that two characters of the show were modeled after a gay couple.
“Please see our statement below regarding Bert and Ernie,” Sesame Workshop wrote.
“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends,” the statement reads. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends from those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
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.
Some have taken the news of Bert and Ernie being forced back into the closet roughly.
“So, basically Muppets possess every single human trait except the ability to love each other in a romantic way?” Charlotte Clymer, former Hillary Clinton campaign communications director argued with the creators of the fictional cartoon show.
So, basically Muppets possess every single human trait except the ability to love each other in a romantic way?
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 18, 2018
“Let Bert and Ernie be the gay icons we deserve,” said Blair Imani, self-described “black, queer and Muslim activist.”
| LET BERT AND |
| ERNIE BE THE |
| GAY ICONS WE |
| DESERVE! |
— Blair Imani (@BlairImani) September 18, 2018
“If Bert and Ernie are not gay they’re not gay but your excuse can’t be that they’re puppets. Kermit and Miss Piggy are in an on again/off again relationship and a muppet wedding between them is even a major feature of the most recent movie,” said Jenny Nicholson, who has apparently pondered this question at great length.
If Bert and Ernie are not gay they're not gay but your excuse can't be that they're puppets. Kermit and Miss Piggy are in an on again/off again relationship and a muppet wedding between them is even a major feature of the most recent movie
— Jenny Nicholson @ D23 (@JennyENicholson) September 19, 2018
This story is developing, and Big League Politics will keep you updated on all of the Bert and Ernie drama as it unfolds.
Tennessee High School Principal Suspended for Speaking Against Big Tech Censorship
Welcome to an Orwellian hellworld.
The principal of a Tennessee high school has been suspended from his duties for daring to criticize the unprecedented censorship enacted by Big Tech companies against President Donald Trump earlier this month.
Principal Barton Thorne of Cordova High School in Memphis had been speaking in a teleconference in which he condemned the riot at the US Capitol. Throne also slammed the censorship that followed the event, comparing Twitter and Facebook’s censorship to Joseph McCarthy’s sham accusations in the 1950’s.
“There have been times even in American history where a small group of people decided what you could hear. You think about “McCarthyism. If you don’t know about that, you can Google that or talk to your Social Studies teacher,” said Thorne.
“It’s what’s going on with Twitter and Facebook and Google and Apple, and their decision as private companies to filter and to decide what you, you hear and know about.”
Thorne was almost immediately suspended by the Shelby County School district, pending an official “review” of his totally innocuous comments. Thorne later drafted an email apology, bowing for his transgression against the authority of tech oligarchs.
The American education used to instill the values of free speech and political liberty in those it taught. Fidelity to such concepts have been cast to the wayside, sidelined in favor of indoctrination into the American elite’s racial caste system and liberal ideology.
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