Just last week, we reported that a 23-year-old man recanted his allegations of underage sexual abuse against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash. At that time, the Sesame Street actor — who was recently the subject of the heartwarming documentary Being Elmo — took a leave of absence to protect the reputation of children’s organization and recover from the incident. “I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further,” he stated. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the matter.
The accuser recanted again, saying he felt pressured to dismiss claims and was paid off by Clash. A day later, a second man came forward with similar allegations of an underage sexual relationship, prompting Clash to resign. A lawyer indicated he’s been in touch with other potential victims. “Personal matters have diverted attention away from the important work Sesame Street is doing and I cannot allow it to go on any longer,” he stated. Sesame Workshop supported the decision and called it “a sad day.” We couldn’t agree more — for Clash, who has dedicated nearly thirty years to Sesame Street and his beloved character, and for the possible victims involved.
While waiting to see how the case shakes out, the news got us thinking about other childhood icons who suffered a downfall in their career — in some cases, tragically so. We hope Clash’s story turns out much differently.
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Happy birthday, Paul Reubens! On this day, good ol’ Pee-wee Herman turns 60. Can you believe it? Sixty! To honor this once-in-Pee-wee’s-lifetime occasion, we should all blast this song, find one of these to stand on, and proceed to dance like this. Got it? Good. Or, if your busy grownup Monday won’t lend time for such shenanigans, go ahead and whip up some ice cream soup and watch Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (which is pretty much the best movie ever). Or, if you don’t even have time to watch Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, just click through our handy Pee-wee birthday photo gallery, where you’ll find 15 records of Pee-wee Herman looking serious. Why? Well — why not?… Read More
It looks like there’s no way to stop the Joss Whedon-free Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie reboot from happening. Rumors are already flying about who will be cast. Today, we heard the news that Glee‘s Heather Morris is being considered for the title role — which isn’t surprising, seeing as she already plays a cheerleader on TV. While we don’t think Morris as Buffy would be a disaster, we are pretty sure we could do a better job of picking who should play the vampire slayer, her pals, and her undead antagonists. After the jump, we cast the Buffy reboot. Because if it’s going to happen, it should at least be done right.
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1. R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass (whose hits included “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “Wake Up Everybody”) has died of colon cancer at 59 years old. His music career was thrown off track by a 1982 car crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down and affected his voice. [via AP]
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After HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR tickled our cerebral cortex with its realistic depiction of an inflatable beefcake’s heartwarming journey through the public-school system, we fell into a deep funk.
What sort of visual stimuli would we consume as we awaited the release of HSM4: Community College?
The answer: better movies.
Although current multiplex lineups aren’t exactly chockablock with mid-career Bergmans, salvation lies ahead for those willing to have a little patience. Three art-house flicks from filmmakers we hold dear are in production right this minute, all guaranteed to earn cryptically worded acclaim from film snobs the world over.
Put on your most pretentious spectacles and see what you have to look forward to after the jump.
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