Anyone who’s watched the documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey knows that there’s something special about Kevin Clash. The puppeteer may just be manipulating red felt while speaking in a squeaky voice, but, somehow, he’s able to embue that felt with an amazing spirit, a childlike joy that children around the world feel connected to. Also, he rarely if ever makes Elmo go on profanity-filled rants about a Jewish conspiracy. As unlucky families in New York’s Central Park have discovered recently, that kind of thing totally ruins the whole Elmo mystique.
Yesterday, a man in an Elmo costume was taken away in an ambulance after yelling at tourists in the Central Park Zoo and around the Park. Apparently, the clearly disturbed man has been doing this for quite some time and the folks over at Gothamist have some cell phone footage to prove it. The videos from throughout the past year feature “Elmo” ranting and raving about Jewish costume makers and that he works for John Gotti…all while posing for pictures with small children.
Here’s just one of the many videos, this one taken by YouTuber xxraggedyandyxx. Watch and enjoy but don’t blame me if a little bit of your childhood dies.
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