The mystery surrounding the
sexual preferences of Bert and Ernie — the beloved yellow-and-orange roommate puppets from the classic children’s TV series “Sesame Street” — is nothing new. But an official Twitter post, purportedly from Bert, has renewed the question in the mass media.
In anticipation of the recent film adaptation of the “A-Team,” Bert pontificated: “Ever notice how similar my hair is to Mr. T’s? The only difference is mine is a little more ‘mo,’ a little less ‘hawk.’”
Casting aside the question of whether a pair of hand puppets can be categorized as gay, there seems little doubt as to the meaning of the tweet. According to the online slang rosetta stone Urban Dictionary, “mo” can mean one of two things: “Modus Operandi,” which makes little sense in this context, and an abbreviation of “homosexual.”
Sesame Workshop has long denied the rumors. “Bert and Ernie … do not portray a gay couple,” the organization officially stated in 1993.
According to the company line from Sesame Workshop, the characters are merely an “Odd Couple”-esque pairing, designed to show that friendship can transcend differences. Whether or not the TV-viewing crowd can do the same is up to debate.