Bert knows what has happened, and tries to tell Ernie that his ice cubes melted because of the electric blanket, but Ernie takes this to mean that a fish from the ocean came into the apartment and melted his ice cubes, and vows to find the non existent fish that melted them, leading Bert, just after Ernie has run out of their apartment after the fish, to murmur sardonically, "Go get him, Ernie. Been tweeting waaaaaaaaay too long. HuffPost Personal. In FebruaryBernie and Ert were dropped from the series because of legal concerns; however, older episodes circulate on the internet. Muppets portal. And while the show was no doubt aware that two of its most famous characters had become gay icons, it still released a statement in denying that they were gay, calling them "best friends" who were "created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Social Justice.
His comments received pushback from those who shared the importance of having gay and lesbian representation on television.
Ina petition to have the show marry the two characters received nearly 11, signatures. From toMuppeteer Steve Whitmire took on the role of Ernie following the death of Henson in Ernie is a "live hand puppet", meaning that while operating the head of the puppet with his right hand, the puppeteer inserts his left hand into a T shaped sleeve, capped off with a glove that matches the fabric "skin" of the puppet, thus "becoming" the left arm of the puppet.
There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.