I don’t even know why I feel compelled to make a comment about this, but here I am, prattling out a comment.
My friend* Kevin Clash, voice and creator of Elmo, is accused of sexually allegations against a 16-year-old boy. This breaks my heart. *UPDATED BELOW*
I don’t know the man any more than I know any other man who has been between my legs*, so I can’t say for certain if the kid making the accusations was actually 16 at the time of their relationship. Kevin admits to having a relationship with the accuser, but he claims it happened when the accuser was an “adult,” after he turned 18 which was 5 years ago.
I am a little skeeved out at the thought of an 18-year-old doing it with a 47-year-old, but adults are adults. Do what you want, dudes. As for the accusation that the kid was 16 at the time of the relationship, so what? In my very extensive experience as having been a 16-year-old, I have trouble differentiating the thought processes between the 2 measly years’ growth. There’s no difference, except on paper in certain states, between an 16-year-old or an 18-year-old having The Sex with an older person.
Believing that Elmo’s creator is some kind of predator is unfathomable to me. I’ve seen the documentary, Being Elmo, I’ve met him in person, him sitting between my legs.
I’m not so naïve to think that nice people can’t be bad monsters in disguise.
But this guy? I hope all of my instincts are correct and he’s really just a good monster in disguise.
*One lucky day in March, 2010, Claire and I met Elmo and Kevin Clash. Truly one of the highlights of my life.
LOOKS LIKE I WAS RIGHT, SUCKAS!
The Accuser in the Elmo Sex Scandal Has Recanted His Statements; Elmo Is a Free Man