|Sesame Street's Elmo Sex Scandal Shocks Parents|
|by Tom McGregor||Mon, Nov 12, 2012, 02:42 AM|
Is the PBS children's TV show Sesame Street a scheme for child molesters to lure in more victims? Parents groups are beginning to raise concerns after the voice of Elmo disclosed he had a homosexual relationship with a man who claims they had their first fling when the victim was a minor.
According to TMZ, "Kevin Clash – the man known as the voice of Elmo – has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-years-old boy, TMZ has learned … allegations Clash adamantly denies."
Sesame Workshop attorney are speaking with a 23-year-old man who claims that Clash started a sexual relationship with him seven years ago, when he was 16 and Clash was 45-years-old.
As reported by TMZ, "Clash has acknowledged to TMZ he had a relationship with the young man – but insists it only took place after the Accuser was an adult."
The accuser's attorney had written to Sesame Street on August 15, 2012. He said the company is attempting to "discredit the victim in order to protect its employee and the image of one of its most valuable characters. This approach places a greater value on a puppet than the well being of a young man."
written by Jonathan Green , November 12, 2012
The Republican meltdown over its decisive loss at the ballot box in the presidential election has been a sight to behold. Karl Rove flipped out on Fox News. Mary Matalin had a near-meltdown on CNN. And, according to The Post, the GOP has begun “an exhaustive review to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.” That’s a waste of time and (more) money. Everyone in the reality-based community knows what went wrong.
The coalition President Obama put together in 2008 came out big for him again in 2012. A big chunk of the reason is because African Americans, Latinos, young people, women and more than a few “white guys” like him. But the intemperate remarks of Republican candidates, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on a host of issues that many of these groups care about also did them in.
What many Republican leaders fail to understand is that the party is leaving votes on the table that could be theirs. Votes they once were able to attract before they became viewed as a collection of mean, monochromatic and reactionary people clinging to Ronald Reagan’s America instead of coming to terms with, if not embracing, the vibrant nation we live in today.
Romney snatched 6 percent of the African American vote away from Obama. That was 2 percent better than Sen. John McCain attracted in 2008. But Romney has nothing on the late President Richard Nixon, who got 18 percent of the black vote in 1972. No Republican has matched that level of support since.
Romney got 27 percent of the Latino vote. But that was 17 points below what President George W. Bush garnered in 2004. No Republican had reached that level of support before him, and none has since. McCain earned 31 percent of the Latino vote, four points more than Romney.
While African Americans and Latinos are reliable voting blocs for Democrats, they certainly are not beyond reach of Republicans. And polls of blacks and Latinos in key swing states show that, had Romney shown a combination of moderation, compassion and interest, he could have won.
An ImpreMedia/Latino Decisions 2012 Latino Election Eve Poll surveyed Hispanic voters in 11 states. When asked if they would be “more likely” or “less likely” to vote GOP “if the Republican Party took a leadership role in supporting comprehensive immigration reform,” 31 percent said “more likely.” Romney’s ridiculous invention of “self-deportation” helped him snuff out the primary challenge from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but it also killed his appeal to Latino voters.
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