‘Sesame Street’s’ Elmo Puppeteer, Kevin Clash, Resigns
It seems Sesame Street can’t stay out of the news lately, from attacks on Big Bird to the ultimate demise of Elmo as we know it. The mood at Sesame Workshop, the educational non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, is at an all-time low as the behind-the-scenes face of Elmo steps down after 28 years of loyal service to the fuzzy red, ticklish puppet that we all know and love. Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, has resigned from his post after two recent allegations that he had sexual relationships with underage boys.
Undoubtedly a loss for Sesame Street, the gossip mill circles in anticipation over whether or not the allegations carry any weight. After the anonymous 24 year old male who issued the first allegation retracted his statement last week, it’s hard to tell. However, after Cecil Singleton stepped forward yesterday alleging Kevin Clash had taken advantage of him as well, Clash ultimately stepped down from his position to deal “with the[se] personal matters privately.” Clash did not want to tarnish the reputation Sesame Street has built as a popular educational platform for children, stating “Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer.”
Sesame Workshop issued a statement stating that “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.”
Though I can’t say Elmo was my absolute favorite- I have an allegiance to the Cookie Monster as we both have quite the sweet tooth-it saddens me to see Kevin Clash go on some level. Don’t get me wrong, if the claims are true, it sickens me and I hope that these men find justice and peace. With that said however, there are too many rumors flying around at the moment for me to decide how I feel just yet. I am not one to quickly judge, so I’ll leave that up to you.
How do you feel about the allegations made about Kevin Clash? Is there any truth behind the claims? If the claims are false, how can someone live with themselves to slander the very character, both literally and figuratively, they grew up on?
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