NEW YORK (AP) — The producers of “Sesame Street” want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay.
Sesame Workshop tweeted Tuesday the characters have many human traits but “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
The workshop did not answer questions about why some puppets have been given girlfriends.
In a second tweet, the workshop says, “Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance.”
The tweets came in response to an interview published Sunday by Queerty with Mark Saltzman, a “Sesame Street” writer. He says when he was writing scenes with Bert and Ernie, he “always felt that without a huge agenda” they were lovers .
Frank Oz, who created the Bert character, also weighed in. He tweeted that he and Muppets creator Jim Henson “never created them to be gay.”
Coogler to produce ‘Space Jam 2’
LOS ANGELES — “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler is joining LeBron James and the “Space Jam 2” team.
James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996 movie that featured Michael Jordan alongside Warner Bros.’ animated characters.
“Random Acts of Flyness” creator Terence Nance will direct James, and Bugs Bunny, in the film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter which first reported the news, production is tentatively slated to being in 2019 during the NBA off season.
Judge tosses lawsuit by ex-wrestlers
HARTFORD, Conn. — A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to long-term brain damage.
U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford threw out the lawsuit Monday, saying many of the claims were frivolous or filed after the statute of limitations expired. Stamford-based WWE denied the lawsuit’s allegations.
Bryant also criticized the wrestlers’ lawyer, Konstantine Kyros, based in Hingham, Massachusetts, for repeatedly failing to comply with court rules and orders and ordered him to pay WWE’s legal fees, which could total hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Kyros strongly disagreed with Bryant’s ruling and vowed to appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. He said the allegations were not frivolous and Bryant was wrong about the claims being filed too late, because many wrestlers’ ailments — including dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — were diagnosed years after they left the ring or after they died.