Photo: Bert and Ernie. Not Gay, best friends only.
Plaza Sésamo officials have dissipated the doubts: Beto y Enrique, as they are known in Spanish land, are best friends that happen to live together on Sesame Street, and not life partners.
In the 40 some years the genius Jim Henson show has been on the air, the question has come up a handful of times. However, there has never been a petition urging them to come out of the closet or call for them to make their relationship official like there is now.
Are Beto y Enrique “partners,” between quotation marks, like that?
Can’t really blame the public for wondering. After all, the pair has been living together in the same one bedroom apartment since the sixties, tell bedtime stories to each other, are unusually tidy, etc.
There are too those like Joan Rivers, who laugh at the idea:
“There is NO WAY that Bert and Ernie are gay. They haven’t changed their outfits in 25 years,” she said on Twitter.
So are they or are they not?
After thousands of people signed online petitions and urged Facebook for Sesame Workshop and PBS to let Beto y Enrique get married, since in New York (home of Plaza Sésamo) gay marriage became legal, the creators felt like it was time to dissipate any doubts about the orientation of Beto y Enrique.
“Bert and Ernie are best friends. They 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 (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”