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Elmo Muppeteer Kevin Clash resigns from Sesame Street

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by brkndwnbus, Nov 20, 2012.

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  1. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Didn't he admit to these things? To me it's not a question of guilt, it's an issue of a man who like any famed performer has flaws and has at time made poor judgement. I mean this incident if anything has brought out an overwhelming tidal wave of support and has showed just how many people have been positively effected by his work. The more responsible media has framed the events in question as indiscretions and a private matter he's dealing with. Yes, its true I and others probably hold our beloved performers to a different standard than had it been a politician. But regardless of what transpired, I have no problem saying my view of Clash hasn't changed. If anything I feel all the more supportive of him and hope he can continue in his field in another capacity(perhaps, hopefully Disney's Muppets)
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  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm not so sure about the second, or other accusers, but he did admit that he was in a relationship with the Shelbum Sleazens (the first accuser), HOWEVER, he says their relationship took place when he was of legal age of adulthood, and that it was mutually consensual on both of their parts (whereas Sheldumb is basically claiming Kevin sexually assaulted him when he wasn't of legal age of adulthood).
  3. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Your right Kevin really has not come out and said anything about the others, he just resinged. Some people may take that as him saying he was gulity. The second acusser came out and did that press conference and even he said that nothing major happend untill he was of age. He also stated that he didn't know what Kevin did as a job, and then when he found out he was shocked. I could understand that becuase when you hear Kevin's real voice it's very hard to believe that he is the voice of Elmo.
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Kevin even mentioned that when he appeared on Oprah several years ago, that when people try to picture what the man behind Elmo looks like, they almost always imagine that it would be a short, bald-headed, bespectacled man, who actually speaks in that falscetto voice.
  5. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    Now the only question on my Mind is What's gonna become of Elmo?
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Again, more than likely, another performer will start doing him.

    However, since they've already finished filming Season 44 for next year, it will probably be another couple of years or so before we ever even see any kind of change with Elmo on the show.

    In the meantime, however, some believe that any live and personal appearances Elmo may make will be few and far between at this point.
  7. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    And that what makes the whole ordeal both so shocking and sad... I mean I sometimes always thought of Elmo being overpowering in some cases as his popularity grew.

    I never knew it took something so dirty like this... that could take Elmo down. :(
  8. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    I don't think it will bring Elmo "the character" down, why should it? All the posts saying Elmo should move or become a background character....its really like a son being persecuted for the actions of their father.....
  9. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    Well that would make things a little worse for a while, considering how long Sesame Street put up the Elmo name on the pestal and the hard work they put into various Elmo themed specials, movies and toyline.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I notice people keep asking the same questions over and over and over again, so in hopes of clearing things up for everybody, and maybe hopefully calm the thread down, here's the entire situation in a nutshell:

    A) Last week, a young, struggling actor/model named Shelbum Sleazens filed a lawsuit against Kevin Clash, claiming that Kevin sexually assaulted him when he was sixteen (therefore, underaged).
    2) Kevin did admit to having a relationship with Mr. Sneakens, but says it didn't happen until he was of legal age of adulthood.
    D) This situation outed Kevin, so yes, he is gay; at the same time, Kevin temporarily walked away from SST until the situation was sorted out.
    L) The very next day, Sheldumb recanted his accusations, and decided to settle.
    7) Earlier this week, a second accuser, Dude Looks Like a Lady, came forward with a press conference, claiming Kevin sexually assaulted him when he was underaged too, but also states that when he became an adult, their relationship got hot and heavy.
    X) Because of DLLAL's accusations, Sheldunce decided to recant his recant, claiming that he was pressured into his recanting his initial accusations, and decided to continue to press charges against Kevin.
    @) Because of all of this, both SW and Kevin came to an agreement that this situation had become a distraction, and that in the best interest of SST, Kevin resigned from the show. He was not fired, he was not laid off, he resigned for the good of the show.
    &) So far, two other unidentified silverfish have crawled out of the woodwork, also wanting to sue Kevin; all of these accusers painting a picture of him being a sexually deprived monster who uses his power to lure young boys to his fate.
    Z) Nobody knows exactly how this will affect Elmo: so far, we know that all of Season 44 is complete, so we'll still be seeing and hearing Kevin's Elmo for at least another year or two. We probably won't see any live appearances by Elmo any time soon, and surely, another performer (supposedly John Kennedy) will take on Elmo.
  11. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Yes that is what has happend, I really want to move on from all of this soon, but I know that a lot of fans are still learning about this and are still sad confused, and in a state of shock about all of these things. It's a lot to handle in the span of two weeks.
  12. RC1979

    RC1979 Well-Known Member

  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So, between DLLAL's statement, and Sheldouche's comments on Facebook that his lawsuit is "the stepping stone he's been needing" to boost his own career, almost makes this seem more and more like there was almost a conspiracy to ruin Kevin's career.
  14. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    I hate these idiots, they don't care about how much they're stealing from millions of people.
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well there has always been a love/hate relationship that people have with Elmo, and I think that may have gotten to a love/hate relationship with Kevin as well.
  16. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    wow i cant believe he was happy kevin quit... screw that d***
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  17. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    The whole thing all of it is just wrong... They have taken a man's name and right or wrong have run it through the mud. Kevin had no choice he had to resinge if these things where going to keep comming out.
    Here we are as fans saddend by the news of Kevin leaving, and then one of them says that they are gald Kevin is gone....WHAT!
    I was on the compasion side of things saying "what if" and things, but now I'm angry!
    Kevin has done so much good for the children of the world and to throw his name Sesame and Elmo in the mud is just sick, I mean sick!
    What can be done? The damage has already been done, and Kevin is no longer working with Sesame....This makes me sick.
  18. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Kevin's resigning is definitely sad news indeed. It's going to be hard enough to hear The Count with a new voice (although I do have complete confidence in Matt), but to hear Elmo with a new voice will be even harder. Anyone else agree?
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  19. mo

    mo Well-Known Member

    well, 2012 is officially the worst year of my life so far.
  20. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I hate to hear that Mo....If you need to talk, yell cuss of a sholder to cry on, feel free to send me a pm. (That gose for anyone else who may just need to talk as well)
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