Is Sesame Street letting gays join the neighborhood?

Sun. October 24, 2010 1:40 AM by News Staff

Sesame Street - Is Sesame Street coming out of the closet when it comes to gay issues (and Bert and Ernie's real relationship)?

The Los Angeles Times runs down a long list of recent gay-friendly skits and visitors to the popular children's show, including an appearance by Wanda Sykes and a Neil Patrick Harris skit in which he played "The Shoe Fairy."

Some observers also argue that Bert came out of the closet this summer in a tweet that used the slang "mo" (as in "homosexual): "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.'"

Sesame Street denies there's any master plan to be specifically gay-friendly. But this is Sesame Street, after all -- and all are welcome.

"We've always reached out to a variety of actors and athletes and celebrities to appear on the show, and our programming has always appealed to adults as much as children," Sesame Street Corporate Communications director Ellen Lewis told the Los Angeles Times. "Honestly, the idea that anyone would interpret [this season] that way never crossed our minds."