“Yay for Elmo! YAAYYYYY!! (Little lower, Timmy.) YAAYYYYY!”

On Monday, Sesame Workshop puppeteer and Elmo creator Kevin Clash was accused of having gay sex with a 16-year-old, now twenty-something, who thought it’d be cute to retain the same lawyer as one of Jerry Sandusky’s victims. Kevin immediately denied the accusations and took a voluntary leave of absence to defend his innocence which apparently he wasn’t fucking around about because barely a day later his accuser already recanted his statement. The New York Times reports:

Andreozzi & Associates, a law firm that said it represented the anonymous accuser, said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that “he wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.” The statement added, “He will have no further comment on the matter.”
Mr. Clash said through a spokeswoman: “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further.”

So whoever the hell this guy is, I hope he enjoys the couple grand he was obviously after even at the cost of tainting a beloved children’s character the world over. Because now that Kevin Clash is completely innocent and does such awesome things as having Elmo comfort little kids in New York over the radio in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there’s still going to be shitheads like “stan” in our threads who, even if the allegations were false, which they were, thinks Kevin has no business doing children’s television. Because how dare a black man, and a gay one at that, work hard and succeed at life then want to have sex with a pretty, young thing. That’s practically unheard of in America. YOU DATE YOUR OWN AGE OR GIT OUT.

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