If only The Catholic Church Sesame Street didn’t require celibacy…

by Datechguy | November 20th, 2012

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If only The Catholic Church Sesame Street didn't require celibacy...

…Then Kevin Clash would have a job today

Kevin Clash, the long­time voice and pup­peteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo char­ac­ter, has resigned in the after­math of alle­ga­tions that he had under­age sex­ual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sex­ual impro­pri­eties by a 24-​year-​old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tues­day, the gos­sip Web site TMZ reported that a sec­ond accuser, Cecil Sin­gle­ton, has now filed a law­suit in New York alleg­ing that he had an under­age sex­ual rela­tion­ship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not imme­di­ately be verified.

Unques­tion­ably the under­ly­ing cause is the ban on mar­riage and the celibacy require­ment on Sesame Street and at the Children’s Tele­vi­sion Work­shop but what fas­ci­nates me about this story, which I ignored till now, are the com­ments at the times:

Most of the atten­tion is given to Kevin Clash, his now known sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, and the pre­sumed impact of all of this on Sesame Street and its view­ers. What is lost in this mêlée is the fact that the accuser recanted. I am curi­ous why some­body would come up with this charge after this many years only to recant. Was he paid off? Was he lying? There is so much more unknown.

at Gawker more com­ments:

noth­ing jogs the mem­ory quite like a moun­tain of cash.
“oh yeah…yeah! *NOW* I remem­ber that thing that totally happened…”

At Towleroad news gay

That’s what hap­pens when you start pay­ing black­mail­ers. The last guy was com­pletely cred­i­ble with his his­tory of theft accu­sa­tions and arrests. Maybe this one will be more believ­able but I doubt it. Posted by: Timzilla | Nov 20, 2012 12:08:45 PM

At TMZ more

Sarah­Bee­bee

Peo­ple who do this kind of stuff for money makes me sick.

1st, You are not sup­posed to be under­age when you call a sex chat line. what did the 15 yr old expect? every­one he talks to is going to be 15 too? lol
2nd.. he waited 20 years to tell some­one?
3rd… he said he didn’t know he was psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­aged by it until he saw it in the news? ohhh so he saw it in the news and he woke up the next day sud­denly dam­aged?
This dude should be named and shamed. Dis­gust­ing for try­ing to milk some­one for money!

And at Medi­aite one more

This is rather unfor­tu­nate. Mostly that being gay is some­thing peo­ple still find shock­ing or dis­tract­ing or wrong. And screw that anony­mous guy for lying about all this. What was the point? 5 min­utes of fame?

Appar­ently unless the per­son is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely moti­vated by money or fame and some­thing has to be done about such accusers.

I sub­mit and sug­gest that if Kevin Clash was a cler­gy­man these same folks would be out for blood and decry­ing the Church as an institution.

Exit Ques­tion: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and crit­ics have said the Vat­i­can off in Rome knew about the (legit­i­mate) scan­dal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assum­ing the truth of these accu­sa­tions I won­der how many of those peo­ple who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to over­see­ing him from half a world away knew of his age “pref­er­ences” for part­ners and looked the other way? More impor­tantly will any­body ask those ques­tions as these co-​workers, man­agers and fel­low actors are not wear­ing Roman Collars?

…Then Kevin Clash would have a job today

Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations that he had underage sexual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sexual improprieties by a 24-year-old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tuesday, the gossip Web site TMZ reported that a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, has now filed a lawsuit in New York alleging that he had an underage sexual relationship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not immediately be verified.

Unquestionably the underlying cause is the ban on marriage and the celibacy requirement on Sesame Street and at the Children’s Television Workshop but what fascinates me about this story, which I ignored till now, are the comments at the times:

Most of the attention is given to Kevin Clash, his now known sexual orientation, and the presumed impact of all of this on Sesame Street and its viewers. What is lost in this melee is the fact that the accuser recanted. I am curious why somebody would come up with this charge after this many years only to recant. Was he paid off? Was he lying? There is so much more unknown.

at Gawker more comments:

nothing jogs the memory quite like a mountain of cash.
“oh yeah…yeah! *NOW* I remember that thing that totally happened…”

At Towleroad news gay

“That’s what happens when you start paying blackmailers. The last guy was completely credible with his history of theft accusations and arrests. Maybe this one will be more believable but I doubt it. Posted by: Timzilla | Nov 20, 2012 12:08:45 PM

At TMZ more

SarahBeebee

People who do this kind of stuff for money makes me sick.

1st, You are not supposed to be underage when you call a sex chat line. what did the 15 yr old expect? everyone he talks to is going to be 15 too? lol
2nd.. he waited 20 years to tell someone?
3rd… he said he didn’t know he was psychological damaged by it until he saw it in the news? ohhh so he saw it in the news and he woke up the next day suddenly damaged?
This dude should be named and shamed. Disgusting for trying to milk someone for money!

And at Mediaite one more

This is rather unfortunate. Mostly that being gay is something people still find shocking or distracting or wrong. And screw that anonymous guy for lying about all this. What was the point? 5 minutes of fame?

Apparently unless the person is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely motivated by money or fame and something has to be done about such accusers.

I submit and suggest that if Kevin Clash was a clergyman these same folks would be out for blood and decrying the Church as an institution.

Exit Question: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and critics have said the Vatican off in Rome knew about the (legitimate) scandal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assuming the truth of these accusations I wonder how many of those people who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to overseeing him from half a world away knew of his age “preferences” for partners and looked the other way? More importantly will anybody ask those questions as these co-workers, managers and fellow actors are not wearing Roman Collars?

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