Elmo arrested: If your kids are reading this, there's a very strong possibility they're in tears right now. Since childhood trauma isn't the sort of thing we want to encourage here at WPN, let me clarify a few things. First, the real Elmo is alive and well on Sesame Street, his police record clear of any nefarious wrongdoings. Second, the Elmo in-question is nothing more than a New York City impersonator, one who just so happens to hate Jews and illegal immigrants. So strong are his convictions that he often spouts his racist nonsense while wearing his furry red outfit, which, when you stop and think about it, is actually very disturbing.
This particular Elmo, whose real name has not been released to the public, was kicked out of Central Park for spouting anti-Semitic nastiness to whoever happened by. Kids, adults, fellow Elmo impersonators -- it didn't really matter. As a result, he was removed from the area and carted off to Metropolitan Hospital Center for psychological evaluation. Considering other street Elmos haven't seen the guy in almost two weeks, his visit to the hospital might be along the lines of a temporary vacation. One can only hope so, anyway.
According to Luis, a Peruvian immigrant who also works the streets for photo opportunities dressed as the beloved character, the lunatic in question is always spouting nonsense while on the job. "He would stop and say that we were all illegal immigrants and that people shouldn’t have their photos taken with us," the impersonator explained.
If you're curious to see the man in action, have a look at this video:
As news of Evil Elmo's encounter with police spread throughout the impersonator community, other Elmo wannabes were elated. Apparently the guy's antics have tarnished their reputation, and they're hoping the lack of racist Elmos will encourage youngsters and their parents to stop what they're doing and pose for a picture or two.
What do the residents of Sesame Street think about the whole ordeal?
"The ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets are known the world over, and we do not condone unauthorized representations of our characters," a representative for the Sesame Street Workshop said in a statement. I'm assuming this version of Elmo won't make it into the upcoming motion picture.
Curious to know what folks on Twitter have to say about faux Elmo's brush with the law? Have a look at some tweets below.
A guy in an Elmo suit got arrested in Central Park today for yelling "I work for John Gotti! F--- you!" to little kids.
#theawkwardmoment when elmo gets arrested
"Mommy, why does Elmo smell like beer and vomit?" Anti-semetic elmo arrested in central park
New York man dressed in an Elmo suit arrested while yelling obsenities. Taser me Elmo?