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LBG-TEA: Hip. Hip. They’re Gay! We Finally Have Definitive Proof That Bert And Ernie Were Written As A Couple!

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Long are the days since the “will they/won’t they” of Ross and Rachel. The royal couple of Harry and Meghan is already old news. Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin can’t even decide if they have or have not gotten married yet. Yet throughout all of these relationships only one has endured the testament of time. The relationship between Bert and Ernie. I know some of you are thinking “hey now, website contributor, Bert and Ernie are only roommates.” And before today we might have had to agree to disagree. But today…today that argument no longer holds water because there is proof that Bert and Ernie were conceptualized to be a gay couple!

Over the years, the iconic children’s show Sesame Street has used it’s platform to educate young minds on a variety of topics. Some of those topics have not been easy to cover, which is why the show has received great praise. The show has evolved along with it’s audience, leading the muppets to tackle difficult subjects such as autism, death and HIV. All of these strides have been great, but many of the fans of the show still had one burning question: What’s up with Bert And Ernie?!

While the Odd Couple-esque relationship of the two muppets has always been adorable but viewers can not help but wonder if their connection is based on more than just friendship. The seven-time Emmy Award winning Mark Saltzman sat down with Queerty to talk about his journey as a writer for the children’s show. While he spoke a lot about his tenure with the show, the one highlight that leapt off the page is his confirmation that Bert and Ernie are indeed a couple.

“I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked “are Bert & Ernie lovers?” And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.”

What more proof do you need! Love is love is love everyone…even if you are covered in muppet fur. I haven’t been this emotional since Kermit and Miss Piggy got married in Muppets Take Manhattan. If you want to check out the whole interview with Mark Saltzman click here. Check your local listings for episodes of Sesame Street.

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AWWW: A Rescue Team Of 9 Was Needed To Rescue 1 Adorably Chubby Rat

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Over in Bensheim, Germany a rotund rodent got herself into a jam when she tried to squeeze through a hole of a manhole cover only to get stuck…and honestly, I can relate. When I was 8 years old I tried to squeeze my thunder-thighs-in-training into a children’s swing and it took my dad and three other grown men to get me out. I am the German fat-rat!

Volunteer firefighters were called when a young girl noticed the fat rat was stuck and no time was wasted to help the poor critter. Eight firefighters and at least one animal rescuer appeared on the scene to safely extract the chubby critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told BBC “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip. There was no going forward or back.” When asked why anyone would even want to save something so many are repulsed by Sehr said “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”

Alls well that ends well! Hopefully no authorites will be needed to help me shimmy out of these skinny jeans I thought looked cute this morning…in the meantime, check out the entire rescue below!

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Elton John And Taron Egerton Performed A Fantastic Duet Of ‘Tiny Dancer’

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The dancer may be tiny but the talent on stage was massive! Taron Egerton and Elton John gave a fantastic performance of “Tiny Dancer” last night at the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.

If you’ve been looking for a reason to toss on your bedazzled cape and brightly colored sunglasses then boy do I have good news for you. An “epic musical fantasy” about Elton John’s life, entitled Rocketman, is expected to hit theaters in May 2019. Taron Egerton, from Robin Hood fame, plays the musical legend and judging by his performance last night, we are all in for a treat. The audience of the charity event felt like a candle in the wind when Taron suggested an off-the-cuff performance of “Tiny Dancer.” There isn’t even a pun creative enough to embody what the audience must have felt when Elton John himself volunteered to accompany Taron on the piano!

In addition to a truly moving performance, the 27th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raised more than $6.3 million for an effort to end AIDS.

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VIRAL: There Is No Room For Love When This Dog Protects His Barney

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I think this dog missed the whole “I love you, you love me” message Barney was trying to teach all those years ago…

In this viral video posted to Twitter, an adorable pup channels his inner Cujo anytime his owner gets close to the Barney the Dinosaur stuffed animal. While the frenzied attacks are comical in themselves, this video should definitely be played with the sound up. While we never see more than the dog owner’s hand, we hear his high pitched screams of terror every time the dog take a lunge.

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