FOF #1696 – Diddle Me Elmo

Nov 13, 2012 · 1985 views

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Elmo is innocent! Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who plays Elmo is on a leave of absence from on Sesame Street to deal with accusations of a sexual affair with a 16 year old guy. Will Kevin Clash suffer the same fate as Pee Wee Herman?

Joining us is comedian and pop culture junkie Brian Sweeney, that’s Sween Dog to you, to examine what’s behind Elmo-gate, and what similarities his case shares with the downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus.


  1. This show was a hard one to listen to. As a puppeteer we are a tight knit group like drag queens or anyone else in a small entertainment community, we all know each other or have ties with the other. From what I’m hearing from mutual friends its a crock of shit. But who really knows.

    Sesame is pretty much the SNL of puppetry gigs, but unlike adult television it has it’s drawbacks. Unlike Wayland Flowers who was an adult puppeteer who was openly gay, being on a children’s show still has a large conservative specter hovering over it. I know many gay puppeteers that say being out can kill your career(as far as kids TV goes) and know a few myself that choose to stay in the closet for the fact that they would never hear the end of it. Also you gotta keep in mind pretty much everything Sesame Street stands for gets them in the conservative cross hairs. Considering how many Sesame reached and the fact they teach children at such a without the insistance of religion is a big one. Can you imagine the conservative uproar that a gay Elmo has telling kids to love?

    I’ve contemplated it myself when I was writing shows for kids. It sounds crazy considering how far the world has come that children’s parents wouldn’t want their kids taught by a gay man. But from what I gather they choose to keep a low profile for their own safety rather than kids. It’s really sad but true.. Thats my two cents. great show as usual boys.

  2. I agree Fausto, I loved Berenice Marlohe’s performance. The whole movie was great and her performance really stood out. Then add a sparkly gown and a cigarette and I’m sold.

  3. Hey guys the accuser has recanted!!! Yey he’s not a criminal.

  4. colaboy29 says:

    Very happy the lying little beyotch recanted. Unfortunately this will always remain a dark spot in Kevin’s history but hope it is forgotten quickly.

  5. Jake says:

    Elmo has been vindicated!

  6. Curtis says:

    I’m not even going to touch that the coach who gave Brian a styereotypically hip-hop (and IMO lame) nickname “Sween Dog” (I’m sticking my fingers down my throat as I type) is named Mr. Blackman.

  7. cassiofm says:

    Glad to know you like Skyfall as much as I did. It’s a great movie isn’t it?

  8. Marc, I can’t believe you figured out who Moneypenny was before the reveal. I thought she and Bond did have sex after the whole shaving thing, which is weird compared to the old dynamic– wasn’t she supposed to be the girl Bond could never seduce?

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