When the San Francisco Bay Guardian (a free weekly in San Francisco) asked the Children's Television Workshop the response was:

Bert and Ernie do not portray a gay couple and there are no plans for them to do so in the future. They are puppets, not humans.

(bold is mine.)

I once had dinner with a puppeteer from New York who knew people who worked on Sesame Street and he said that every year at the Sesame Street Christmas Party, everyone would get drunk and sometimes Wild Muppet Orgies would be acted out to entertain and amuse.

This frightens me, but I guess that's what happens when you mix creative people who have to completely supress their sexuality at work and alcohol.

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