By Ashley James
Most children have either heard or watched the show Sesame Street at least once in their lifetime. If you did, you should remember Big Bird, Oscar, the Cookie Monster and of course our lovable red monster Elmo.
Earlier this week the creator of Elmo, puppeteer Kevin Clash, was accused of having sexual relations with a minor seven years ago. Clash did admit he had a relationship with the accused victim but said that he was not underage.
First of all, I would just like to say that there is no way “tickle me Elmo” will never have the same meaning again. Secondly, Clash is stating that the boy he had the relationship with was not underage. In a statement to USA today, he also said it “was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was.”
In Florida, the legal age of consent is 18 years and older. Now if we do our math correctly the victim is 23 right now and the “relationship” between Clash and the young man happened seven years ago. Last time I checked, and I could be wrong, if we were to subtract seven from 23 we should end up with 16.
I don’t know about you but according to the facts, either someone here was lying about their age or Clash decided to listen to his other head. In any case, Clash has taken a leave of absence from the show.
So far there has not been any concrete evidence to prove that the allegation was true. And it is unlike a pedophile to actually admit to having a relationship with a minor. But to look at it from Clash’s perspective, maybe he did think that the boy was 18.
What’s going to happen with Elmo? “He is still the star of the show” said editor in chief Jim Silver. Sesame Workshop officials told TMZ, “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.”
Personally I like Elmo. The fact that Clash did what he did does not make me change my mind about Elmo or Sesame Street whatsoever. Besides I’ve always been a Big Bird type of girl anyways.