Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Sesame Street Never Liked Suggestion Bert and Ernie Were Gay, Quashed Short Film Years Ago (Watch it Here)


“Sesame Street” and Childrens Television Workshop never liked the suggestion that Bert and Ernie might be gay. A short film called “Ernest and Bertram” by Peter Spears played once at Sundance a dozen years ago. I wrote after seeing it– at 8:30 in the morning– that their lawyers were probably already on planes for Park City. Now thanks to YouTube the video lives, but pretty much in obscurity.

PS Spears went on to be a producer. Among his credits, “Call Me By Your Name.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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