|Famed entertainer Kevin Clash admits to having a sexual relationship with an accuser. Clash denies he had slept with the accuser when the man was a teenager. This is a shocking story!|
One of the most interesting was clicked upon by me today was a story that involves the famed voice of Sesame Street, Kevin Clash being involved in a relationship with a teenage boy.
Kevin Clash is the famed voice of preschool icon Elmo.
This story motivates the conservative ire against the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The organization funds many shows on NPR and PBS. Sesame Street became a rally call for President Barack Obama and his progressive allies.
The former presidential candidate Mitt Romney once stated that he "loves Big Bird and Jim Leher", but he wanted to cut funding to save the economy. That comment drew outrage from many Americans who felt that Romney's attack on Sesame Street was a pathetic attack on a minor player in the growing debt.
The Drudge Report puts this story online to draw an "I Told You So Moment"! And of course it's going to be another word salad of racial slurs and Obama bashing because the entertainer Clash was in a picture (as Elmo) with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sabelius and First Lady Michelle Obama.
It's a shocking story. I am shocked!
It's getting national buzz and it's going to have some effect to the longtime television program.
|Elmo with then first lady Laura Bush and daughters Jenna Bush-Hager and Barbara Bush.|
TMZ, who reported the allegations, said that Mr Clash had admitted he had a relationship with the man, but only after the accuser was an adult and said the accusations were both false and defamatory.
The website reported that after the accuser's initial meeting with Sesame Street lawyers, he felt that that he was being silenced so he hired a lawyer.
He is now being represented by Andreozzi and Associates - the firm that worked with one of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky child rape case.
They claim rather than trying to hush up the accuser, they asked for evidence of his allegations, which was not received.
|First Lady Michelle Obama with Elmo.|
Sesame Street disciplined Clash for inappropriate use of company email after they found emails between him and the accuser, but they did not indicate an illegal sexual relationship, according to TMZ.
It is unclear why Clash wanted a leave of absence, since he denies the allegations of underage sex, but the program told TMZ it was to allow him to defend his reputation in the wake of the damaging allegations.
Clash has been the Elmo puppeteer for two decades, performing on the show as well as for PBS specials, DVD releases and TV movies while earning nine Daytime Emmy Awards.
Clash has been a longtime fixture with Jim Henson Productions. He was hired to perform in ten episodes of Sesame Street. However, at the time, Clash was performing full-time on two other shows, and the producers of both shows refused to work around his schedule, so he was forced to tear up his contract to appear on Sesame Street.
Some of his earliest characters included Hoots the Owl, Baby Natasha, and Dr. Nobel Price, but it was Elmo who became his main character. Clash has also sung in voice-over in a variety of film and animation songs on Sesame Street, including "In My Animal Book" and "Take Care of That Smile". During the late 1980s, Clash was involved with a variety of Henson productions. He performed P.J. in the Play-Along videos, and Father Bunny and Be-Bop in Tale of the Bunny Picnic. He would also perform Eliott Shag on Dog City, various characters in Muppet Time series.
He is also most notably Baby Sinclair, but also Howard Handupme on the 1990s sitcom Dinosaurs. He also performed the title character in the Muppet Sing-Along video Billy Bunny's Animal Songs.
Sesame Workshop officials tell TMZ the puppet is alive and well: "Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of Sesame Street to engage, educate and inspire children around the world."
The news breaks across the internet and it's a buzz worthy story.
We here at Journal de la Reyna will keep you informed about this controversy.
Additional details could come at any given time.
The last controversy involving Sesame Street was the Elmo's World episode they scrapped. They had singer Katy Perry sing her famous "Hot 'N Cold" with Elmo. The conservative Media Research Center/Parents Television Council founder Brent Bozell called upon a boycott of the network for allow it to happen.