In an interview with the gay-community-oriented web site Queerty, a former Sesame Street writer who is gay says he always thought of beloved Sesame Street characters Ernie and Bert as gay, not least because the writer's own partner is named Arnie and people sometimes called them Ernie and Bert.
Frank Oz, the creator of the characters threw the flag:
So what do you think? Are they? Aren't they? Does it matter?
Or is talking about absolutely anything other than politics just a welcome respite for a few minutes?