Skip to comments.Whitewashing Pedophilia at PBS
Posted on 11/21/2012 4:59:47 AM PST by lbryce
Another victim has come forward and accused the voice of Sesame Streets Elmo of engaging in pedophilia. Kevin Clash, the 28-year voice of Elmo, has resigned from the show after another alleged victim has come forward, this time in court. Cecil Singleton has sued Clash for engaging in sexual conduct with the boy when he was 15. Singleton is the second victim to come forward. The reaction of the government-funded PBSs Sesame Workshop? Condemnation? Disgust? Hardly.
Sesame Workshops mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevins personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.
(outrageous emphasis all mine.)
Lets deconstruct the statement. First the praise: Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years. Really? What will PBS do when we learn that Clashs access to children through Sesame Workshop may have resulted in abuse the same way Jerry Sanduskys access to kids at Penn State did? Will PBS stand by Clash the same way the statement does?
Pedophiles notoriously enter professions that give them access to children. Like a fisherman with a lure, they rely on puppets, football tickets, candy, balloons, toys and worse to attract victims. Did Clashs achievement of the PBS mission for 28 years have a darker side? It seems strange that his employers would tout his good work.
Next: none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention. So nice to see that Sesame Workshop is doing Clashs bidding. If Kevin wouldnt want it, neither would we.
the controversy surrounding Kevins personal life has become a distraction that none of us want.
The controversy? Personal life? Lets call it what it really is: criminal allegations of child rape. It isnt personal, unless you are a member of NAMBLA, when an adult engages in sex with a minor boy. It is public. It is against the law.
Nor is it a controversy. It is a crime.
Is this the world the supporters of government-funded broadcast media want? Do they really want a world where criminal pedophiles are excused because of their good work for 28 years? Is anything that involves alleged crimes by gay pedophiles an intrusion into someones personal life?
It seems so.
Even late today, the accused pedophile Clash is featured prominently on the Sesame Workshop webpage. The front page has this graphic containing Clashs photo.
The photo links to this page that says:
Congratulations to the Sesame Workshop team for receiving an Emmy for Growing Hope Against Hunger, a special focusing on the invisible crisis of food insecurity in the United States. Food insecurity is a difficult issue for parents and children to discuss, and Growing Hope Against Hunger sought to present personal stories about food insecure families that would help raise awareness about hunger as well strategies that have helped these families grow stronger and more secure. Congratulations to . . . Producer Kevin Clash.
Heres what PBS should say instead:
We are disgusted by the allegations against Kevin Clash. We at PBS take our responsibility as a publicly supported corporation seriously. Child sexual abuse is a tragic crime and will never be tolerated. Unfortunately, Mr. Clash was placed in a position where he had access to children as the voice of Elmo and that cannot continue. We know that pedophilia is a crime that affects lives well into adulthood and we will do all we can to help any victims.
Please. The image of any stories you have to tell about Big Bird is too much to bear, better left unsaid.
I could have sworn that we were now “celebrating” all forms of “love”?
Or is it just a matter that the rainbow triangle mafia isnt ready to beat the nation into accepting that very common part of their “sexuality”?
“Unfortunately, Mr. Clash was placed in a position where he had access to children as the voice of Elmo and that cannot continue. “
It almost sounds as if they knew he was a pervert.
Yes, PBS should stand for children, not those who prey on them.
Sesame Street tune.
And so far, there does not appear to be anything like the pattern of actual witnesses that characterized the Sandusky case.
I think that resignation is completely appropriate given the nature of this person's job, but from here on in I would let the criminal justice system do its job.
Well he is only a pedophile. It isn’t like he is something truly awful, like a rich, white man, or, shudder, a C-C-Christian. /s
It seems so.
I think the author is exactly right. The supporters of government-funded broadcast media (world-wide) do not think there is anything wrong with intergenerational same-sex intimacy. It drives them nuts that they have to pretend to agree with those haters who can't accept the private, consensual relationship between Mr. Clash and his young-adult sex partners.
In a few years, when Obama comes out, they'll stop pretending.
This is a tragedy.
I think that this is the cleanest way for PBS to distance themselves from these terrible accusations. And while I am angry that this might have gone on, I am not ready to declare Clash guilty.
This latest “victim” could be an opportunist, given that he should have been talking to the Police, and not an Ambulance Chaser looking for a $5 million payday. I am always dubious when the obvious path is ignored in favor of a quick buck.
If true, this is the sickest form of child abuse and I expect that Clash will spend the rest of his life paying for it.
If not, then his career is wrecked and there is nothing that will remove this stain from him.
I will wait for the evidence.
Please compare the way the left treats Mr Clash versus the way the left treated Catholic Priests.
In our society, he's only a "pedophile" if one of the young men was a day younger, rather than a day older, than the arbitrary day he was legally defined as a "consenting adult." We're all supposed to pretend there's a really significant difference between a boy on his 17th birthday and the same boy a day earlier.
Mark my words.
I said this ten years ago, when the sodomites began in earnest their push for “marriage”.
Normalization of Pedophilia is the next frontier for the Left.
Followed closely by, or in tandem with, polyamory.
I don’t disagree with you. My point was more about who the liberals choose to demonize and the hypocrisy that is so obvious to everyone but them.
I don’t disagree with you, either :-). I was just pointing out the weirdness of a situation where a person is either a criminal and a “pedophile,” or not, based on the passage of one day.
They all should be forced to have Clash babysit their kids for a weekend when they’re away.
I don’t even want to know what polyamory is, but you’re correct: it’s not the possibility of a very small % of the population enjoying marital rights, it’s that, by turning marriage into a counterfeit, all other perversions are legally ok, even with children. Children are whom this affects most. Being raised by two (three) men, two women is not optimal. Then throw their ‘values’ into the mix.
Romney was right. PBS doesn’t need our tax money.
One wonders if these allegations were kept quiet until after the election with PBS funding being an issue on the table...
PREDICTION: This second victim to come forward will not be the last.
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