In an exclusive interview with with blog "Queerty," Mark Saltzman said he felt that when he was writing Bert and Ernie, he was writing them as a couple and basing their interactions on his own experiences. The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as 'Bert and Ernie. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Saltzman, who wrote for "Sesame Street" from until , said the duo's relationship was modeled after his own life with film editor Arnold Glassman, who was Saltzman's partner until Glassman's death in Related Pop culture Kermit the Frog puppeteer said he was fired for trying to collaborate "I was Ernie.
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He said that he and his partner, Arnold Glassman, who died in , were much like Bert and Ernie, opposites who found a way to love each other. He said he did not restrict Bert and Ernie to one sexual orientation, or any at all. Saltzman said. His comments received pushback from those who shared the importance of having gay and lesbian representation on television. The program responded then as it did on Tuesday, saying that the puppets were just that — puppets — and did not have a sexual orientation.
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Initially, Henson performed Bert and Oz performed Ernie, but after just one day of rehearsal, they switched characters. The original idea was to show that even though two people can have totally different characteristics, they can still be good friends. Their brief appearance was the only part of the pilot that tested well, so it was decided that not only should Muppet characters be the "stars" of the show, but would also interact with the human characters, something that was not done in the pilot. For example, if Ernie wanted to do something loud if Bert is doing something quiet like reading a book or the newspaper, Bert would teach him how to be quiet; however, Ernie would still make some noise, which would cause Bert to either lose his temper or leave the room.
Thanks for watching! Visit Website How about researchers? It's hard to imagine a credible, quantitative study of puppet relationships, but scholars have written about the Muppets—the felty puppets that appear on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show—in a qualitative way. Many seem to agree that Sesame Street-maker Jim Henson's puppets are queer.