The Day Elmo Quit Sesame Street

The Superficial / November 20, 2012

“Elmo wonder how long Mr. Kevin wants to keep looking at that high school. Elmo wonder if that’s leee-gal.”

Despite his first accuser Sheldon Stephens being dropped by his own attorneys for not having a case, Elmo creator Kevin Clash reportedly paid him $125,000 to issue a statement confessing he lied about the underage gay sex so this whole thing will blow over. (Sheldon later realized he should’ve held out for more money and now claims he was forced into making the statement on top of trying to find a new lawyer in Los Angeles.) Unfortunately, that just put blood in the water, which I’ll get to in a minute, and effective this morning, Kevin resigned from Sesame Workshop, according to The New York Times:

In a statement released Tuesday, Sesame Workshop said:
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 want, 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.

So Kevin Clash learned a valuable lesson about being a gay man on a children’s TV show. MERKA WON’T HAVE IT! Of course, this is also comes on the heels of a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, coming forward because he suddenly remembered in the middle of Elmo’s Gay Lover Payout 2012 that he was psychologically damaged from having underage sex dry-humping (Subject to change without notice.) with Clash who he allegedly met on a gay phone sex line. It’s literally the most airtight case you’ll ever read. TMZ reports:

In the suit, Singleton claims … although the sex occurred nearly 20 years ago, he didn’t take action until now because … he “did not become aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.”
Singleton is demanding more than $5 million.

READ: “Wait. This guy’s handing out money? STATUTORY RAPE!” And if that’s not shady enough, TMZ just posted an update that Singleton’s lawyer already had to file a new lawsuit because his age keeps changing:

The accuser’s lawyer has filed new court docs, in which the date of the alleged abuse has been changed from 1993 to 2003. The accuser also says he is currently 24-years-old … and chalks up the mistake to a typo.

Now some will say Kevin Clash resigned because he’s guilty, which he very well could be if someone comes forward with a credible story and press charges, but he also could have done it to spare tainting Sesame Workshop, which he’s poured almost three decades of his life into, from having every single one of his past flings come forward and say they weren’t 18 when they banged so he’ll cut them a check to go away and then TMZ will pay them to say how much that check was. So thanks, gay golddiggers, you killed Elmo which I’m sure will win you the hearts and minds of Americans everywere. Then again, some parents will probably shoot up a mall if they hear that puppet’s voice again, so maybe we should watch this play out. You might be onto something.

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