Kevin Clash, the man who voices beloved Sesame Street denizen Elmo, is, as you’re probably aware, embroiled in a very unsavory sex scandal.
First, we all thought Clash had sex with a 16-year-old boy. The Sesame Street overlords immediately sent Clash on some kind of “how the hell am I going to respond to this?” sabbatical.
Then, Clash’s accuser recanted and the hand up Elmo’s butt breathed a sigh of relief. Then, he came back with a vengeance, and now Clash has another accuser, and this seems like it’s never going to end.
Will Elmo ever be the happy little ball of red felt and giggles that he once was or will he remain forever scarred by what his butt handler and closest confidante has gone through or allegedly done?
The NewNowNext team was wondering that, and looking out our Time Square window we saw a way we could find out.
Directly from the source!
So, we went down the street to the sidewalk in front of the Toys-R-Us flagship store–the sidewalk that at least four Elmos call home, the sidewalk where Elmos just want to spread their puppet love–and we were immediately very concerned. Several Elmos stood there sad and bedraggled. They were a little bit dirty and had gained a lot of weight.
So we had to ask: How are you faring, Elmos? Are you gonna make it through this? Video report from Mike Yerxa (from 1 Girl, 5 Gays), above.