Bert and Ernie were trending Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, and, it might be noted, they were doing so in a consciously decoupled fashion, each name occupying its own line among the trending terms.
The famed Muppets were capturing attention in the wake of a reported revelation by a longtime “Sesame Street” writer that the duo are romantic partners, which was followed by a statement from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the long-running public-television program, suggesting that the writer’s outing of the characters was off-base, and even presumptuous, for a fundamental reason:
‘[T]hey remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.’
The statement in its entirety: “As we have always said, 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 (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
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