Fastidiously dressed puppet bachelors Bert and Ernie have lived together
for 31 years. Neither has ever had a girlfriend and they are frequently
depicted performing songs of their own composition. This has prompted
speculation within the Muppet press that their relationship is a
romantic one, rumors Bert appeared to confirm this summer in a
(since-deleted) Twitter post noting the similarities between his
hairstyle and that of Mr. T's, observing "the only difference is mine is
a little more ‘mo,’ a little less ‘hawk." Although Sesame Street
that "'mo" was Bert's way of alluding to
his own homosexuality, The Los Angeles Times' Melissa
details the ways the show has become more gay-friendly in the
months since the Twitter update. Says Maerz:
Is "Sesame Street"
brought to you by the letters G-A-Y? In its own subtle, perhaps
unintentional way, the show's latest season feels more LGBT-friendly
than ever. Lesbian comedian Wanda Sykes appeared on the show in October,
following in the tradition of openly gay guest stars such as Neil
Patrick Harris who played (cough, cough) "the shoe fairy" a few seasons
back. A parody of "True Blood"— the HBO vampire drama that features
several gay characters and draws many gay fans — aired in September.
Recently, the Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am appeared on the show to
sing "What I Am," a song about accepting who you really are, prompting
much online debate about its underlying message.
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