Whither Elmo?

My daughter is well past Sesame Street age, although she spent a year (from 20 months to 32 months) carrying a stuffed Elmo everywhere. But given the news that the man who created Elmo, Kevin Clash, has resigned from the show in the wake of two separate allegations of child sexual abuse, a question:

Can Elmo survive as a character? Sesame Street producers insist he can, that other puppeteers are trained to do the character and that “Elmo is bigger than any one person.” But can parents separate Elmo the character from the person who played him, given how much attention Clash himself has received? And there are two aspects to this question. First, will parents allow their kids to like, watch, and play with Elmo? Second, what do the show and parents do with the fact that most of the 2013-14 season (the show’s 44th) has been taped, meaning Clash will be playing Elmo well into 2014?

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4 Responses

  1. AnonLawProf says:

    FWIW, I find this cross-posting at CO and PrawfsBlawg to be quite annoying. I would guess that the readership of CO and PB overlap significantly, and perhaps other readers are also annoyed. If you must cross-post, I would prefer a simple link to the original post, so that you do not take up as much blog real estate. But it is your blog, and I know I am free to stop reading if it annoys me too much.

  2. EW says:

    Agree with AnonLawProf. I find the cross posting of the same articles annoying and confusing. It makes me less inclined to go to the sites.

  3. Joe says:

    I check both sites but don’t find cross-posting a big deal. Some actually would find a simple link annoying. Also, there isn’t a total overlap of readership. A rather short post also seems a not great choice to suggest the ‘problem.’

    But, it’s subjective, so others might disagree.

  4. Danielle and company were kind enough to invite me for a guest stint here and I was happy to accept, because while there is some overlap in audience, there are differences, particularly in the conversations that even the same post generates. I am sorry to hear some of you find the cross-posts annoying, but they are inevitable. I am not carrying out my guest obligations here with a short post linking to something I wrote on Prawfs and I am not carrying out my permanent obligations at Prawfs with a short post linking to something I write here. And FWIW, both Gerard and Frank are regulars at Balkin and post the same things at both places.