It seems that Sesame Street just can’t stay off the front page of the news lately. Big Bird was bought to the forefront this year when during a Presidential debate, Mitt Romney announced he would cut funding to programs such as PBS in which Sesame Street airs on. Suddenly Big Bird became one of the symbols of President Obama’s campaign as he promised to not cut funding for the popular show.
Recently, Kevin Clash who is the voice and puppeteer of Elmo, has been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a then minor. Clash has taken leave from the show while the allegations are being brought to light. He has admitted that he had a relationship with the accuser, but only while he was a legal adult.
Other past scandals on Sesame Street include Katy Perry’s appearance. The skit was cut and not shown on the show as it was deemed overly sexual. Perry donned a skimpy outfit that left little to the imagination during the skit. Cookie Monster has also been changed to tell children to enjoy cookies in moderation, Bert and Ernie have been publicly stated to not be gay by producers and in 2011 the show’s website was hacked with porn images.