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Elmo Will Remain On The Shelves This Holiday Season, Despite His Puppet Master's Alleged Scandal!

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Ain't nothin' gonna break his stride! Nobody's gonna slow him down, oh-no!

He's got to keep on movin'!

We're talking about Elmo, of course! Moving off department store shelves!

And despite the Kevin Clash underage sex scandal(s) and his subsequent resignation from Sesame Street, toy conglomerate Hasbro hopes to sell as many little red dolls as possible this holiday season.

One Hasbro spokesperson admitted:

"Sesame Street and its wonderful characters have been entertaining and educating children and families for more than 40 years. We are confident that Elmo will remain an integral part of Sesame Street and that Sesame Street toys will continue to delight children for years to come."

We don't blame them for wanting to make money, obvi, it's what companies do.

But is it wise to continue marketing a children's product which will be forever associated with lewd acts against minors, however unfounded the scandal may eventually show itself to be??

With so much negative stigma attached to Elmo because of the allegations against the character's puppeteer, it's hard to imagine parents deciding on that toy.

Especially since they'll need to shell out $40 to get LOL Elmo, a.k.a. Tickle Me Elmo 2.0!!

Now it just seems like an awkward present for a kid to unwrap under their Christmas tree or Chanukah bush!

[Image via Josiah True/WENN.]

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42 comments to “Elmo Will Remain On The Shelves This Holiday Season, Despite His Puppet Master's Alleged Scandal!”



  1. 1

    Why would it be awkward? Do you really think an average 3 year old is going to associate Elmo with a sex scandal? Elmo is a puppet - the puppet did nothing wrong.

  2. Amy says – reply to this


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    Organizations such as the Catholic Church and the Boyscouts have allegations and proof far worse than this potential…and they continue on?



  3. 3

    Keep gays away from anything that has to do with children. They are sexual deviants. Elmo was a child predator. Keep the gays away!!!



  4. 4

    That's his diddling thumb…..

  5. DR says – reply to this


    5

    Actually those allegations were cleared up and that "minor" admitted he was a consenting adult.
    Kevin Clash decided to step down because he didn't want the focus of Sesame Street to be on his personal life. Check People.com



  6. 6

    Re: Amy
    True,because gays infiltrated those organizations. KEEP THE GAYS AWAY FROM KIDS!!!

  7. Luis24 says – reply to this


    7

    I'm sorry but I hate and feel so bad for this man. Personally I think these "alleged victims" are full of it. They are trying to get theirs money worth (we all know they do), and their 15 minutes of fame. Yes, he is an older man getting involve with a teenager but I think it went both ways. Unlike the Penn state coach he didn't pressure or made them do anything. Those boys LOVE the money this man was giving them and once that stop they went after him. give the guy a break



  8. 8

    Any parent worth their salt can keep this information out of their child's ears. Gays aren't hurting children. Pedophiles are. And pedophiles are straight way more often than they are gay.

  9. sants says – reply to this


    9

    if you think parents are telling their little children about a sex scandal the puppeteer is involved with, you're disgusting. the puppeteer has nothing to do with the puppet.

  10. sants says – reply to this


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    Re: MVPnis – you're an idiot and a bigot. welcome to 2012 where gays are productive members of society that make a lot more money than their straight counterparts and are highly influential in politics. so fuck u.

  11. thebigboot says – reply to this


    11

    It's a shame that they won't pull the toy. We all saw what happened to Penn State…



  12. 12

    Re: sants

    you're an idiot and a bigot. welcome to 2012 where gays are sexual deviants that molest kids and do no make a lot more money than their straight counterparts ( unless you read propaganda) and are the laughing stock in politics as most are married republican sexual predators. so fuck u.



  13. 13

    Re: Luis24

    Justifying molesting an underage teenager? WOW!!!Its called RAPE - not "alleged victims "

    WOW



  14. 14

    I dont know what is more disgusting. The Rape of these underage kids or the people that are justifying and supporting this Rapists actions.

    It doesn't surprise me, even Jerry Sandusky and JoePa have their supporters. Hell, people were tolerant of Hitler and he has sympathizers to this day.



  15. 15

    Re: sants

    Lets look at these "productive members of society".
    Famous and influential members of the LGBT community.

    Jeffrey Dahmer
    Barney Frank
    Andrew Cunanan
    John Wayne Gacy
    Jerry Sandusky
    Patrick Wayne Kearney
    Kenneth Parnell
    Micheal Jackson
    Wayne Williams
    Henry Lee Lucas
    Perez Hilton
    Charles Manson
    Luka Magnotta
    Erik Menendez
    Adolf Hitler
    Aileen Wuornos
    Colin Ireland
    Ronald Dominique

  16. Nolaguy4190 says – reply to this


    16

    Re: MVPnis
    Really? I don't think you want to start making a list. I promise you that the list would be much bigger if we started listing the so called "Straight" people who have committed heinous crimes. The list you created is a way to make yourself feel comfortable with the hate and pure ignorance you spew. I just hope you haven't influenced or raised any young people with your out of touch beliefs and ignorance.



  17. 17

    Re: Nolaguy4190

    The majority or serial killers are gay- FACT



  18. 18

    MVPnis - You say that both Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler were members of the LGBT community and that all serial killers are Gay….May I suggest you either submit your evidence proving your claim or STFU!! The original youth that came out has flip flopped wanted the charges withdrawn, and now once again wants to go forward with them. The other so called victim has said very little….Its clear that the original youth is simply a young ex bf that is bitter and out for his pound of flesh in revenge and the second guy is strictly out for a quick pay day!! Elmo and Sesame Street will do fine this won't even hurt their ratings or sales of their toys.

  19. london123 says – reply to this


    19

    Re: MVPnis – where the fuck do you get your "facts"? You should really investigate claims before you make them.
    Reflecting the results of these and other studies, the mainstream view among researchers and professionals who work in the area of child sexual abuse is that homosexual and bisexual men do not pose any special threat to children. For example, in one review of the scientific literature, noted authority Dr. A. Nicholas Groth wrote:
    Are homosexual adults in general sexually attracted to children and are preadolescent children at greater risk of molestation from homosexual adults than from heterosexual adults? There is no reason to believe so. The research to date all points to there being no significant relationship between a homosexual lifestyle and child molestation. There appears to be practically no reportage of sexual molestation of girls by lesbian adults, and the adult male who sexually molests young boys is not likely to be homosexual (Groth & Gary, 1982, p. 147).
    In a more recent literature review, Dr. Nathaniel McConaghy (1998) similarly cautioned against confusing homosexuality with pedophilia. He noted, "The man who offends against prepubertal or immediately postpubertal boys is typically not sexually interested in older men or in women" (p. 259).



  20. 20

    As a parent I can say I will NO LONGER buy anything Sesame Street.



  21. 21

    PERVez, you're full of shit. ELMO did nothing, only idiots like yourself would even think about associating ELMO with the GAY PEDO PERVERT. Kids don'y know, and most adults are smart enough to seperate ELMO from the GAY PEDO PERVERT. Only YOU are unable to do so.



  22. 22

    Re: DR – idiot, you are 3 days behind, clash PAID the first guy $125,000. to "recant"



  23. 23

    Re: jenottawa69 – Why do you defenders always bring "And pedophiles are straight way more often than they are gay. ": up. It is NOT germane here. this IS A GAY PEDO PERVERT. FACT

  24. london123 says – reply to this


    24

    Re: shaygirl1309 – you're going to let the terrible actions of one individual ruin your entire perception of the sesame street brand? That's a little ridiculous. This is a group of people who have worked hard to educate our children for 40 or so years and all that is undone by the actions of one person? That's not very fair.



  25. 25

    Re: london123 – Thank you for the info. But no matter what is proven, people still love to hate, and will find a way to make gross generalizations that fit their bigotry.

  26. london123 says – reply to this


    26

    Re: raypearson – I think the whole "And pedophiles are straight way more often than they are gay" (which is factual) is brought up because Re: MVPnis – "Keep gays away from anything that has to do with children. They are sexual deviants. Elmo was a child predator. Keep the gays away!!!" was said. (which is not factual)

  27. Voice of reason says – reply to this


    27

    A. Elmo had nothing to do with this, the church was full of pedophiles, I didn't see anyone calling to close the churches.
    B. this is not pedophilia. Pedophilia is a clinical diagnosis of someone Whois attracted to pre pubescent individuals. These men were all post pubescent, he may be guilty of incredibly poor judgement, and statutory rape, but it is not pedophilia. Saying so only makes oh look uneducated and silly. If this were a man who slept with a 16 or 17 year old girl, would anyone be screaming pedophile?
    C. Sesame street has done incredible things for children in this country, to condemn it because of the actions of one employee, regardless of how offensive they are, is ridiculous, and irresponsible.



  28. 28

    Re: london123 – tell that to the people at Penn State.

  29. Chelle says – reply to this


    29

    First of all people are TOO quick to jump when they hear sexual abuse allegations. I was sexually abused as a child and even I know there are people out there who are wrongfully accused for money or revenge. You really think those guys are credible? They KNOW Clash is worth money. They could very well just be looking for a cut. DUE PROCESS OF THE LAW, Perez. Seriously.

    Also, only people like YOU are making Elmo "tainted". If you did research you would know that Clash isn't the only person to voice and puppeteer Elmo. He took time to spend with his daughter off and others have stepped in in the past to allow him the time to do so. Elmo is bigger than one person. Stop making Elmo a target to justify publicity or scandal. Elmo is a figure in the lives of children.

    Seriously, for someone who says he's trying to be more positive you are good at sensationalizing and hurting others in other ways.

  30. Ellelake says – reply to this


    30

    I don't agree. Kids arent aware of stuff unless it's pointed out to them most of the time. Second, Sesame st is asking for loyalty under the "we're all human" platform, and really the whole brand and particularly childrens' past and presents experience of Sesame St, does not need to be tarnished. It's a good thing essentially. So I hope people buy one, it would also said a message to the kind of people who pull a stunt like this just before Christmas. SRSLY?



  31. 31

    Re: london123

    LOL!!! Yeah , pedophiles having gay sex with boys are not gay…..LMFAO. How many times were you held back in special ED?

  32. Yo Mama says – reply to this


    32

    He's not the only Elmo in the history of the franchise, so why do away with the character based on the stupid actions of one employee? Asinine.



  33. 33

    I am pretty sure my 2 year old twins are not going to be thinking of the sex scandal the next time they watch Elmo's World. But thanks for your concern, Perez.

  34. Mtl23 says – reply to this


    34

    I have a small child and she loves Elmo, he is her favorite. Mr. Clash has quit his job and been replaced. Elmo is still Elmo, just because the guy who did his voice is not a good guy doesn't have anything to do with the character of Elmo itself. A small child has no grasp on such things anyway. Most of them don't even realize it is a puppet until they are older let alone pay attention to the person who operates it. It is no different then any other character…. People act like the Elmo character is a real living being, and it did these things. Jeeze



  35. 35

    Muppets don't do bad things. Their puppeteers do! Free Elmo!

  36. Wendyloowho says – reply to this


    36

    16 is a consenting adult in Canada… so…..

  37. Huh? says – reply to this


    37

    Really Perez? How is it awkward…? any child who watches Sesame Street shouldn't be up to date on what the puppeteer who voices Elmo has done. If someone can't see the distinction between puppet and man who voices puppet I pity them for their stupidity.



  38. 38

    He was in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade yesterday.

  39. amberc88 says – reply to this


    39

    My daughter LOVES elmo and to her ELMO is a real creature, she doesnt know there is a man playing him, so anything the man does or doesnt do, does not change who or what ELMO is! I LOVE elmo as well and my daughter will still watch all the shows with elmo and play with all her elmo toys! And i also have nothing against the man who "plays" elmo, what he does is his own business, i dont think he is a bad person, i think these boys are just wanting the fame and a payout, and i think its sad! im sure they knew what they were doing! and they were not forced into it! The most sad part to me is the fact that this man has kids, no kid, teen adult, should ever have to hear these things about their dad!

  40. amberc88 says – reply to this


    40

    Re: rosebud99 – exactly! I agree! my daughter loves elmo and i have no problem with that at all! she can love elmo all she wants!

  41. london123 says – reply to this


    41

    Re: MVPnis – you're not very smart. get off the internet.

  42. EL HOMO says – reply to this


    42

    HE'S EL HOMO , NOW !!!
    .
    THE SODOMY BUGGER !!!