LEFTISTS ACCUSE FRANK OZ OF HOMOPHOBIA FOR SAYING BERT, ERNIE NOT GAY

Renowned puppeteer Frank Oz has been accused of homophobia by leftists on Twitter after saying he did not believe the Sesame Street characters “Bert and Ernie” were gay.

Oz, who created Bert and has been behind the performance of countless other puppets including Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Cookie Monster, Grover and Yoda, released a statement Tuesday after Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman alleged the duo were gay.

“It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course,” Oz said. “But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.”

Frank Oz
@TheFrankOzJam

It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It's fine that he feels they are. They're not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.


Saltzman had said during an interview with gay-lifestyle magazine Queerty that his writing for the characters drew from his own experiences.

“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 recalled. “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. I didn’t have any other way to contextualise them.”

Following his statement on Twitter, Oz began to receive criticism for commenting on his creation.

Thom spillman@SpillmanThom

Why are they not? Not arguing...just wondering.. He said he wrote from that POV...

Frank Oz
@TheFrankOzJam

I created Bert. I know what and who he is.


The conversation turned even uglier when Oz was accused of having disgust and hatred for homosexuals.

Reed Brice@thatdangdingus

You may have created him, but you don't seem to realize or appreciate what he meant to thousands of little boys growing up. You digging in your heels (and wrongly conflating romantic orientation with sexual orientation) with what seems like disgust is abjectly disappointing.

Frank Oz
@TheFrankOzJam

How odd you see my feelings as disgust


nem@celestiaImadona

if you aren't disgusted,, why do you care so much about this. c'mon frank say it. "i hate the gays" it's right there man c'mon say it you know you want to

Frank Oz
@TheFrankOzJam

WHAT!!!!!??????


The organization behind Sesame Street has since released a statement, reiterating that neither character has a sexual orientation.

“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends,” a spokesman said. “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 and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Oz, appearing overwhelmed by the criticism, attempted to appease his detractors before seemingly leaving Twitter.

Frank Oz
@TheFrankOzJam

Holy cow! I gotta go!! Been tweeting waaaaaaaaay too long. But it was good. And I learned something profound. Thanks for those who tweeted with me. Next time I would be very interested to know: If Bert and Ernie were indeed gay, would they be different than they are now?

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Comment by Sweettina2 on September 19, 2018 at 7:27pm

I'm not so sure about, I've seen a little twinkle in Ernie's eye....just look at that pic above....looks to be in the throes of an attack from behind. He's not angry about it, at all.

Comment by cheeki kea on September 19, 2018 at 7:22am

Funny ds. But true. sooner than"I Do" is said your done for, and a licence is issued to you (to practice,-marriage.) Its a contract with unfavourable conditions and no expiry date. 

Comment by Deep Space on September 19, 2018 at 6:22am

Doug Stanhope: "Oh honey! Our relationship is so great! We need to get the government involved!"

Comment by Chris of the family Masters on September 19, 2018 at 6:20am

A marriage 'license' invites 3rd party into union of 2. Yes, the state is your big brother and dictates what you can or not do.

Comment by Deep Space on September 19, 2018 at 5:56am

Doug Stanhope's message to gay people on marriage: "Get the right to get married. But once you do, don't do it."

Comment by cheeki kea on September 19, 2018 at 5:39am

A marriage licence is the last thing that anyone should want these days. Rejoicing could be muted when they realise the've been scammed, by unthought implications.

Comment by Chris of the family Masters on September 19, 2018 at 5:20am

Few months ago the board of company directors pretending to be the parliament, legalized homosexual marriages. I have seen all dykes and poofters rejoicing.  

0lrgeu8txgo6i Comment by 0lrgeu8txgo6i on September 19, 2018 at 2:10am

You need to be politically correct Chris, i believe the label you are seeking is "Turdburglingfudgepackers"

Comment by Chris of the family Masters on September 18, 2018 at 7:37pm
When I was young, the word 'gay' meant 'happy'. For me, it stands. People in question I call homosexuals.

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