“Bert: 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.’”

This tweet from June on the Sesame Street Twitter account sparked a controversial debate over the sexuality of two beloved male puppets.

Some took the word ‘mo’ to be short for “homosexual,” suggesting that Bert and his long-time roommate Ernie were a gay couple.

In addition to recent gay celebrity guests, some viewers think Sesame Street is trying to appeal to a gay audience, says the LA Times.

I think this is completely ridiculous, and people are reading way too far into a simple tweet. As for the celebrity guests — should they rather go out of their way to not include homosexual celebrities? I don’t think so.

Sesame Street has denied these rumors, will CEO Gary Knell explaining it simply:

“They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don’t exist below the waist.”