Why Did You Have To Lie On Elmo, Though? Man Recants Statement Against Puppeteer, Kevin Clash

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November 13, 2012 ‐ By

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Yesterday, when I found out that puppeteer Kevin Clash, the man who’s largely responsible for Sesame Street’s Elmo, had been accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with an underage boy, my heart hurt. The news literally messed up my morning.

But now, at the news that the man who accused Clash, has recanted his statement, saying that the relationship was both adult and consensual, I can breathe a huge sigh of relief. I was going to exaggerate and say my faith in humanity had been restored, but then I thought about how mean spirited and vicious this man must have been to falsely accuse Clash of this type of relationship, knowing his career is centered around entertaining children.

Even though this anonymous man has recanted his statement, the damage has already been done. Kevin’s name has already been slandered, his reputation has already been compromised and his legacy a bit tarnished by a bold faced lie. While I’m happy the Mr. Anon decided to come clean, I’m saddened by the fact that he even had to take it there in the first place because we all know that bad news travels 20 times faster than good news.

Hopefully, people will get the full story and Clash can go back to doing the work he’s done so well for the past 30+ years.

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  • Candacey Doris

    I’m glad this was cleared up. But i really wish that falsely accusing someone of rape was a crime. As for those of you freaking out because Elmo’s puppeteer is gay, where have you been all these years? You all must have been shocked when Anderson Cooper came out too. Or maybe even Boy George.

  • kALY

    Boy probably asked Elmo for some money, Elmo said no so the boy put this info out there to ruin him. smh.Iam beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I
    joined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it’s where to- connect with beautiful and excellent people! did the writer just totally missed the fact that he had “Sexual Relations” with a boy?!?!?! consensual or not. UGH!!!! what in the world are we coming to?!! smh

  • TeahMonae

    Brings a whole new meaning to “Tickle me Elmo”!

  • Mia

    That he is an adult and can do what he wants weather we like it or not,,,,, Its just messed up that we now know that our beloved Elmo’s handler is gay and the way that we found out was someone looking for a payout….. Thats whats sad.

    • Miyo K.

      It’s messed up that the man behind (pun intended) Elmo is gay? What is messed up about that?

    • Peaches

      And what exactly is wrong with the puppetier being gay? Does that make Elmo gay? Will it make the children who love and adore Elmo gay? Please don’t be ridiculous!

  • Trisha_B

    Boy probably asked Elmo for some money, Elmo said no so the boy put this info out there to ruin him. smh

  • anony

    uhhhh, did the writer just totally missed the fact that he had “Sexual Relations” with a boy?!?!?! consensual or not. UGH!!!! what in the world are we coming to?!! smh

    • vwells1

      Ummm no he had sex with a man. That’s what the man recanted, the fact that he was sixteen at the time they began their sexual relationship.

    • klynn

      Did you miss that it was between two consenting adults and not a child???!!! The man lied……………read, read, read. Over 21 years of age is a grown person, so says the law.

      • vwells1

        God bless you.

      • MLS2698

        I get that part. But what was his employer talking about when they said he used ” poor judgement.” Did they not believe him? Or was this a ploy to get his business out there? As I posted before, my mother used to say most of the puppeteers on Sesame Street were g-a-y ( she said this in the 80s, met with a side eye), but when the puppeteer for Ms Piggy died of AIDS, I believed every word she said. True….I didn’t know Elmo was a ” brotha.” Um, well almost.

      • Guest

        WHO SAID HE WAS 21? The age of consent was not 18 in CA until recently so that means he was under 18 & Clash was in his late 40’s. Read other reports where Cash said he “waited until the boy was of legal age.” That means they were talking prior to that. Think about that all of you mothers of teenagers…..

  • Gigi

    Ditto.

  • Miyo K.

    Is Elmo gay too?

    • Mary

      I’m pretty sure muppets don’t have genitalia Miyo LOL

      • Miyo K.

        Lol. Sure, but that doesn’t mean Elmo doesn’t have feelings.

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