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Sesame St: Elmo Sex Charges Are A Distraction

From the Associated Press:

Elmo left behind on ‘Sesame Street’ as actor exits

By FRAZIER MOORE | November 21, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Even on "Sesame Street," where everything is famously A-OK, problems can arise for its residents. And that includes the Muppets. Cookie Monster grapples with an eating disorder. Oscar the Grouch gets cranky. Mr. Snuffleupagus gets the blues.

But Elmo seemed immune to any of that. Since enjoying his breakout success more than two decades ago, the 3 1/2-year-old red monster has radiated good cheer, love and trilling giggles. No wonder everyone — adults as well as children — adore him.

The key to Elmo is "his innocence, his positiveness and his sweetness," according to Kevin Clash, the man who created him and once told The Associated Press, "I would love to be totally like Elmo."

Now Clash has been scandalously separated from Elmo and from "Sesame Street," the TV series where he reigned behind the scenes for 28 years.

Isn’t this a very chipper way to describe a situation where there are now accusations of serial sex abuse of minors? Did the AP take this kind of tone with the Penn State sex scandals?

Clash spoke of "personal matters" as the cause of his resignation Tuesday after an unthinkable nine-day stretch that began with an unnamed man in his 20s claiming he had sex with Clash at age 16. That allegation was quickly recanted.

Which has since been un-recanted. But the AP can’t be bothered to report that.

But then came another accusation of sexual abuse, and a lawsuit.

Singleton’s lawyer, Jeff Herman, said he has been contacted by two other potential victims of Clash and expects additional legal action

How is this different from Penn State again?

Elmo overshadowed Big Bird and other "Sesame" Muppets in popularity and screen time, while marginalizing the cast of live actors. Since 1998, he has had his own show-within-a-show on "Sesame Street" in addition to appearances elsewhere in the hour.

He is also a major moneymaker for Sesame Workshop, the New York-based company that produces the show, and for licensees. At his merchandising height in 1996, he inspired the Tickle Me Elmo doll, which became a cultural phenomenon and that Christmas season’s hottest toy…

Elmo toys probably account for one-half to two-thirds of the $75 million in annual sales the "Sesame Street" toy line generates for toy maker Hasbro, estimates BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson.

Johnson said he wasn’t sure how this week’s news might affect sales of Elmo toys this holiday. "How many people are going to want to explain to their kid why they’re not getting an Elmo?" he asked…

Despite his resignation, Clash will remain an integral part of "Sesame Street" for the foreseeable future… [N]ew episodes with Clash performing as Elmo will presumably continue well into 2014…

But no one knows how Elmo will fare going forward. Will the jokes spurred by Clash’s downfall leave a lasting mark on Elmo’s image? Will there be parents who see him tainted by association with the man who brought him to life?

In the wake of a personal tragedy that may still be unfolding, Elmo’s innocence, positiveness and sweetness will be put to the test.

What a big joke it all is to the AP.

Anyway, speaking of Penn State, we have this via Buzzfeed:

Penn State Takes Down A Photo Of Elmo Being Given A PSU T-Shirt

Andrew Kaczynski | November 20, 2012

Penn State University appeared to make private a photo on their Flickr feed Tuesday of Elmo receiving a Penn State T-shirt during a visit to the university in March. The rest of the photos of the event remain online.

And lastly, we have this press release from Sesame Workshop:

Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegations

November 20, 2012

[As released by Sesame Workshop]

Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization.

Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us wants, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.

You see? It’s just a distraction. Why didn’t Penn State think of that?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Sesame St: Elmo Sex Charges Are A Distraction”

  1. oldpuppydixie says:

    Hey, pedophiles are just another part of that adored-by-the-left LGBTLSMFT whatever the heck it is crew of cutesy aberrations and misfits. Unless, of course, they are white or play football.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I am reminded of an episode that took place in the 90’s sometime. Though I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention, it had to do with the Christmas classic, “Rudolph” being re-dubbed because certain groups thought the voice of Herbie (or is it Hermey?), the little fruity elf who didn’t like to make toys, was a negative stereotype of gays.


      In spite of the positive influence and message, overall, of the claymation classic, there was a replacement re-dubbed edition that bombed. No one wanted to watch it and it was largely ignored.

      It seems to have vanished from the face of the earth as I cannot find a reference to it.

      This, of course is good. And, the reason there are stereotypes is….(drum roll please) because people act stereotypically. From the black gangsta thug to the gay guy who likes interior decorating and musicals. How about the white, belt-buckle-wearing guy in jeans who’s got a dip of Skoal in his cheek? I see lots of that.

      It’s also a staple of the entertainment world, a place where people are (by design) stereotypes. Jack Nicholson in “As Good As It Gets”, for example.

      I knew the creator(s) of Elmo was/were gay without ever having investigated it. Interesting to find out it’s actually true. To say nothing of how this particular entity came into genesis. Did Clash, at one time as a teen, stop by kids’ playgrounds with his puppet and get kids to come over to be “entertained”? What was going on in his mind? Although it’s speculation on my part, it fits the profile which is what keeping bad people away from good people is all about.

      Yes, profiling IS prejudice. And prejudice is what keeps people alive even if mistakes are made and someone is “deeply offended”.

      On a scale of which is better or worse….prejudice due to profiling is…better than or worse than…getting killed?

      Seems pretty easy to me.

      Meanwhile, grandma in a wheelchair is felt up by the TSA pukes who have been given authority when they would otherwise be lumping pallets off an 18-wheeler or sitting on a street corner looking for handouts. No job skills, no people skills…nothing. Just blind ignorance and anger against society.

      Clash is probably all of that and deep down inside he hates himself more than any other human being could. It’s a natural feature of pedophiles. It has to do with how their brains are permanently mis-wired. Note that his desires to “do good in the world” closely parallel those of the men who became priests who could not control their urges.

      There are a lot of these people in the world. They don’t need to be “fixed” because they cannot be. They need to be put away. Not cruelly, not harshly but not all that gently, either. The left’s belief that “there’s room for everybody” is a sad and naive misconception. The excuse that “society made them that way” is flatly wrong and though a person may have suffered trauma in their life, many people who’ve survived trauma do not engage in perverted behavior.

      Clash is responsible for his. He will have to answer for it.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Begrudgingly AP drags itself kicking and screaming to report on a bunch of hippie puppeteers from the 60s, who have been on corporate welfare for 43 years, who support liberal themes of gay acceptance, multi-culturalism, and NOT judging anyone for any reason, no pro-family or heterosexual themes OR functional couples for that matter.

    Just like the homosexual undercurrent of THE X-MEN, Sesame Street gets a strong wink & nod from the liberal establishment.

    Now one of their own is a homosexual, AND is possibly having sex with kids, TIME FOR A FEW TACTICS:
    ~cover it up?
    ~make a distraction?
    ~downplay it as no big deal?

    I thought the Sandusky trial AND the church sex scandals were GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES to showcase to the world the mental incapacity of gay men to control themselves, even if they are supposedly celibate or married, they still had, and criminally acted on, their homosexual tendencies.

    Oh well, nothing to see here, may as well let gay men into the Boy Scouts, what could go wrong?

  3. Anonymoose says:

    It’s pretty safe to say if this was a straight man with underage girls it would have been immediately all over the news. But since it’s a gay man with the liberal favorite of Sesame Street I keep picturing the reporters shrugging shoulders to each other trying to figure out what the “story angle” is.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    whats next? a disability claim that 2 decades with your hand up a puppet’s butt is some kind of repetitive stress disorder?

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