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Serious Puppet Scandal 2012 Ends Before It Really Begins

Shortly after I posted my unsolicited musings on Elmogate news broke that the accuser had changed his story—he was not, in fact, under age when Kevin Clash began sexing him (and vice versa). Hey, fantastic, Mr. X remembered his birthday before he had to leak anymore salacious e-mail snippets. Now Elmo can go back to delighting children and annoying adult Muppet fetishists. Part of me is concerned abuse did take place and the accuser may have only switched his position because CTW buried him under a pile of money, but I’d be surprised in this post-Sandusky environment if anyone who truly felt victimized sexually could be bought off. At any rate, I think we can all agree the takeaway here is try not to date two decades outside your age group (especially if you work on motherfucking “Sesame Street”).

Unsolicited Thoughts On Serious Puppet Scandal 2012 [UPDATED]

– sixteen is old enough to realize letting a forty year old give it to you might be a bad idea

– sixteen is old enough to realize letting a forty year old give it to you might yield serious cash if he’s in a position of power [UPDATE: and here we are]

– giving it to a sixteen year old doesn’t necessarily interfere with your ability to operate a puppet

– giving it to a sixteen year old is an incredibly poor judgment call, especially when you’re forty and you operate one of the most famous puppets in the world AND you live and work in a city that easily facilitates the gay lifestyle for thousands of functioning adults

– winning over a hundred Daytime Emmys does not give your puppet show the jurisdiction to conduct its own investigation into an employee’s sex abuse case

– our culture loves to sex shame (even when most facts remain blurry)

– Big Bird’s gonna have to pull a double shift this week