They’re puppets.

Via Daily Wire:

After former “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman’s reveal that famed puppet duo Bert and Ernie are gay, 80’s icon Frank Oz, who created Bert, has come forward to set the record straight (pun intended).

“I created Bert,” says Frank Oz. “I know what and who he is.” And that isn’t gay.

Oz was responding to statements made by Saltzman recently to the outlet Queerty, in which he said that Bert and Ernie were gay and that he even drew inspiration from his own same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman.

“I remember one time a preschooler [in San Francisco] turned to her mum and asked, ‘are Bert and Ernie lovers?’ and that, coming from a preschooler, was fun,” Saltzman told Queerty. “That got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it.

“And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were,” he continued. “I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.”

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