"Elmo is bigger than any one person," the producers of Sesame Street declared last week when Kevin Clash, who was the voice of the furry and very famous red muppet, was first accused of having sex with a minor. more »
It's been a roller coaster of a week for Kevin Clash. On Monday, the voice of Elmo and the subject of the hit Sundance documentary Being Elmo, took a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations that he'd had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old teen.
The Muppets are legendary TV and film characters, but there's something about Sesame Street's giggliest resident, Elmo, that makes small children perk up. Constance Marks, the director of the new documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, put Elmo's appeal this way: "Kids sit up, pay attention, and turn on. There's that bright red fur and adorable bulgy eyes, but it's the soul of the puppeteer that people are responding to. It's an amazing gift."