Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I heard Big Bird was watching in the corner and whacking off....
Yeah, funny, I don't really remember it either. never hear it spoken about much anymore. Almost as if there's a "Ministry of Truth" out there, where folks by the name of Winston doctor historical records in order to comply with the Party's current version of the past. Or maybe the operatives just use acronyms now, like "CNN" and "NBC" and "CBS"...
But when I read this story, it rang a bell of recognition, as if this may be somewhat relevant to the fight we just had, and lost:
Puppeteer Kevin Clash, the longtime voice of “Elmo,” resigned Tuesday after a $5 million lawsuit labeled him a pedophile who trolled telephone chat rooms in a hunt for underage lovers.
The lawsuit was filed by a second man claiming that he was just a teenager when he had a sexual relationship with the award-winning voice of the beloved kids’ character.
Clash, 52, “was an unmarried adult male living a prominent public life centered around the entertainment of toddlers, while at the same time he was, in secret, preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests,” the Manhattan lawsuit charged.
Sesame Workshop, which had granted Clash a leave of absence after the first allegation of sex with a minor, issued a statement accepting his resignation after 28 years as Elmo.
“As a 15-year-old child, Cecil Singleton was not emotionally or psychologically prepared for a sexual relationship with a grown man in his 40s,” the suit said.
Singleton was one of “multiple boys” targeted by Clash through the sex lines, according to the lawsuit.
Last week, Clash was implicated by a 23-year-old man who said he was just 16 when the two began a sexual relationship.
Clash denied the claims and the accuser, Sheldon Stevens, later recanted.
But it later emerged that Sheldon received a $125,000 settlement in return for withdrawing the charges. The alleged victims now says the relationship was real and reportedly wants to return the money.
paving the way for the normalization of pedophilia for quite some time now. This is just a little slip, really - a bit embarrassing - but let's not get to worked up here (so to speak). After all, Kevin did so much for PBS, and the community, and the children he, ahem, "entertained"...
No worries. Expect to see Mr. Clash rehabilitated - like Roman Polanski or Elliot Spitzer - and doing Christmas specials by this time next year. After all, it's not as if he were a (gasp!) conservative or something....in that case, of course, it would be high time for congressional hearings into how a known pedophile lasted this long in a taxpayer-funded operation...