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You Must See the New Yorker's DOMA Cover

Bert and Ernie tableau makes headlines

(Newser) - Odds are you have, at some point in your life, made a joke about Bert and Ernie's sexuality. Well, a just-revealed New Yorker cover takes those jokes to the next level, making them downright sweet. Titled "Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy," the image is intended,... More »

30K Flock to White House Egg Roll

Event features celebrities, corporate sponsors

(Newser) - The Obamas welcomed thousands of people to the South Lawn today for the White House's annual Easter egg roll, standing alongside the Easter Bunny and such less-heralded mascots as Colby Carrot and Eric Eggplant, USA Today reports. Messrs. Carrot and Eggplant, of course, were there to help in Michelle... More »

Accuser No. 4 Emerges in 'Elmo' Sex Scandal

Latest 'John Doe' files lawsuit against Kevin Clash

(Newser) - The "Elmo" sex scandal shows no signs of going away: Kevin Clash, the former puppeteer of the popular Sesame Street character, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging he had sexual relations with a minor. Accuser No. 4, so far not identified, claims he met Clash when he... More »

Third Man Accuses Elmo Puppeteer of Teen Sex

John Doe plans lawsuit against Kevin Clash

(Newser) - Yet another accuser has stepped forward alleging former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with him when the accuser was underage. John Doe, accuser No. 3, says he was 16 in 2000 when he met Clash on a gay chat line and ended up at the older man's apartment... More »

Kevin Clash: Much More Than Just the Voice of Elmo

Puppeteer handled a lot more than just the puppet for 'Sesame Street'

(Newser) - With Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash gone amid underage sex accusations, an intimate Sesame Street family has a gaping hole to fill. Clash didn't just voice the little red puppet: The multiple Emmy Award winner was the show's "Muppet leader," helped fix technical issues, traveled far and... More »

Elmo Puppeteer Resigns as New Allegations Emerge

Another man says Kevin Clash had sex with him when he was underage

(Newser) - Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street after 28 years spent voicing the popular character, the New York Times reports. A 24-year-old man came forward last week accusing Clash of having sex with him when he was just 16 and Clash was 45, and now TMZ reports that... More »

Elmo Accuser Recants His Recant

Sheldon Stephens goes back to original story

(Newser) - The Sesame Street sex scandal is indeed far from over : Sheldon Stephens, the 23-year-old who says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with him when he was 16 and Clash was 45, recanted those allegations last week—but now he's recanting his recant, TMZ reports. Over the weekend, TMZ... More »

Accuser of Elmo Puppeteer Recants

Their relationship was adult and consensual, he says

(Newser) - The Elmo sex scandal is no more. The man who said he had a sexual relationship with puppeteer Kevin Clash while still a minor has recanted, reports the New York Times . "He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship,... More »

Graphic Email From 'Elmo' to Accuser Leaked

'I'm sorry I keep talking about sex,' Kevin Clash wrote

(Newser) - Much as you might wish it would go away, the Sesame Street sex scandal goes on: Now TMZ has an email from Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash to his accuser, who claims he had a sexual relationship with Clash when he was just 16 and Clash was 45. But the email... More »

Elmo Puppeteer Hit With Underage Sex Allegations

He says he's innocent, takes leave from Sesame Street

(Newser) - Kevin Clash, the man who's lent Elmo his voice since 1984, has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street amid accusations from a 23-year-old man who says Clash had sex with him when he was 16 and Clash was 45. Clash admits he had a relationship with his... More »

Jon Stewart on Big Bird: 'Let It Go!'

Host fed up with Obama's Sesame Street obsession

(Newser) - Jon Stewart has had exactly enough of this Big Bird stuff from the Obama campaign. From stump speeches to a campaign ad , the big yellow guy is everywhere these days, Stewart noted on last night's Daily Show . The tipping point for the host: Will.i.am's appearance on... More »

Sesame Street to Obama: Take Down Big Bird Ad

Daily Show offers right-wing dream of Sesame Street

(Newser) - Mitt Romney knows who America's real economic scourge is, and he's big and yellow. A cheeky new Obama campaign ad pokes fun at Mitt Romney's attack on Big Bird and PBS at the debate by labeling the children's icon an "evil genius who towered over"... More »

Big Bird, Bond Hit SNL

Lots of fodder from the presidential debate

(Newser) - Big Bird rode Mitt Romney's debate crack all the way to a guest appearance on SNL's "Weekend Update" last night, wryly telling Seth Meyers he'd gotten "a million tweets" about the mention, reports the AP . The segment followed a Cold Open in which Barack Obama... More »

Voice of The Count, Muppeteer Jerry Nelson Dies

He worked on 'Sesame Street' and 'Fraggle Rock'

(Newser) - Jerry Nelson, voice of Sesame Street's Count and countless other Muppets, has died from emphysema at age 78, reports the Los Angeles Times . Nelson first worked with Jim Henson as a puppeteer in 1965, and joined Sesame Street in the show's second season in 1970. Over the years,... More »

Coming Soon: Sesame Street Movie

Longtime show writer will pen script

(Newser) - Sesame Street is coming to the big screen once more. The movie rights have been picked up by 20th Century Fox, and longtime Sesame Street writer Joey Mazzarino will write the script, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Since its premiere in 1969, Sesame Street has spawned two big-screen films: Follow ... More »

Romney: Slap Ads on Freeloading Sesame Street

Candidate says he'd stop subsidizing PBS

(Newser) - America is too broke to subsidize ad-free TV for toddlers, Mitt Romney says. The candidate, while campaigning in Iowa yesterday, promised to balance the budget by cutting certain programs, and by requiring PBS to carry ads, forcing Bert and Ernie and the rest of the Sesame Street gang to start... More »

Hackers Fill Sesame Street With Porn

YouTube channel briefly turns XXX

(Newser) - Sesame Street briefly turned into Sex-ame Street yesterday, when hackers apparently took hold of the children’s show’s YouTube channel and filled it with porn. The page was taken offline in the afternoon, CNN reports, but it appears to be back up today . The nonprofit Sesame Workshop apologized yesterday,... More »

New Sesame Street Muppet Is Poor and Hungry

Lily will teach kids about hunger in prime-time special

(Newser) - Sesame Street has got a hungry, impoverished new character—and it isn't Oscar the Grouch or the Cookie Monster. Lily, a 7-year-old girl whose family often struggles to get enough to eat, will appear in the show's prime-time special "Growing Hope Against Hunger" this Sunday, reports Entertainment ... More »

Let Bert and Ernie Stay Single

Backers of gay marriage hate idea: Opinion roundup

(Newser) - An online petition by Change.org to have Bert and Ernie get married on Sesame Street is generating lots of buzz but also plenty of criticism—including from those who support same-sex marriage:
  • Nicole Fabian-Weber, the Stir : "Utterly stupid idea." Why? "They're puppets. They bicker, sing
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Petition Pushes for Bert, Ernie Gay Wedding

Online campaign urges Sesame Street to 'teach tolerance'

(Newser) - Big Bird could be best man. That's the image if an online push looking to join Bert and Ernie in gay matrimony is successful. "We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful," reads the petition at C hange.org . "It can be... More »

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