The “good news,” such as it is, appears to be that “Elmo” isn’t a statutory rapist.
The 23-year-old man who accused Kevin Clash, the man who has been the voice of Elmo on “Sesame Street” for nearly three decades, of having had a sexual relationship with him when he was a minor recanted the allegation today.
“He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,” according to a statement issued by the unidentified man’s representative, Andreozzi & Associates. “He will have no further comment on the matter.”
…Clash, who is divorced and has one daughter, began using a falsetto voice in 1984 to bring life to the furry red monster. This year, Clash took home his 21st Emmy and the fourth in a row for “best performer in a children’s series” as Elmo.
Again, it’s great Clash doesn’t appear to be a statutory rapist and let me add that the man who made the false allegation should be charged with a crime and should go to jail. Making false accusations like that is never okay.
Additionally, as a general rule, what people do in their private lives is their business. That being said, isn’t it still a problem that a 50 year old man, who just took home his fourth Emmy as “best performer in a children’s series” was having sex with an 18 year old? Have we gotten to the point as a society where we’ve concluded that morals have become irrelevant in every situation? Shouldn’t someone who regularly works with kids be held to a higher moral standard than the average person or are we just an anything goes society now with no standards whatsover? Are we to the point where we can have someone who’s a daycare worker by day and a stripper by night? Can we have teachers who have BDSM parties at their houses? Are there any limits any more or have we just decided to permanently lie down in the sewer as a society?