Ethics Quote of the Day: Sesame Street

“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to harness the educational power of media to help all children the world over reach their highest potential. Kevin Clash has helped us achieve that mission for 28 years, and none of us, especially Kevin, want anything to divert our attention from our focus on serving as a leading educational organization. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street.”

—— The producers of “Sesame Street,” announcing Kevin Clash’s resignation and the end of his close association with Elmo. A second man just accused Clash of molesting him when he was underage, and Clash’s original accuser, Sheldon Stephens, recently recanted his recantation of  his allegations.

“Goodbye, my friend.”

This ending was pre-ordained from the beginning of the scandal, and Clash’s guilt or innocence was and is irrelevant. Sesame Street’s duty is to Elmo and his fans, not Kevin Clash. “Innocent until proven guilty” also has no application. Clash, if nothing else, is guilty of not being innocent enough to be the voice of the most innocent Muppet on Sesame Street.

4 thoughts on “Ethics Quote of the Day: Sesame Street

  1. It’s a shame, but so the world rolls. For the record, I liked Clash- interviews I saw him on suggested to me that he was a talented and passionate performer. Now I’m not sure what to think of him.

    • Same as any other fallen star – he’s an incredibly talented performer, who brought to life a charming character that touched the lives of millions of people. He also is capable of making very poor choices in his personal life – sometimes even so poor that the result is him not being able to bring that character to life anymore. I hope he walks away from all of this a wiser man.

  2. Your statements: “Clash’s guilt or innocence was and is irrelevant.” and “Clash, if nothing else, is guilty of not being innocent enough” can not be harmonized. The former is right, but the latter isn’t.

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