Kevin Clash, 52 year puppeteer, the voice behind Elmo from Sesame Street is alleged of have sexual relations with two minor boys. With a pending lawsuit awaiting Clash resigned from Sesame Workshop. It has also been reported that Sesame Workshop already knew about this complain and had an internal investigation however, the company decided to let Clash continue to work. With Clash’s exit what does it mean for Elmo? Well, the Sesame Street is a successful long running American kids show and in spite of its recent controversy I feel that with right man for the job, who can easily fill in the shoes of Clash can help bring and keep the show and Elmo to life. I personally don’t think that Elmo is tainted by Clash’s actions, Elmo has a unique and positive place in the hearts of millions of American Kids and with the right new puppeteer none of Clash’s action could affect the character of Elmo. I think Sesame Street’s PR team adequately handled Clash’s situation. The only think I would do if I was a part of their PR team is to let Clash have an official press conference to clear the company’s name and the association of him with the character of Elmo. I suggest this because many parents are concerned, that in spite of the investigation Sesame Workshop allowed Clash to work in children’s setting towards children’s education. In my opinion, Elmo’s future depends on who the Sesame Street hires in place of Clash. If the new puppeteer is skilled and has his/her special touch they can sway the kids in no time.
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