I think some will not watch Sesame Street as often or stop for a little bit. But, in some cases a puppeteer’s and the puppet’s lives are separate. Clash’s personal life is his own and should not have a connection to the Elmo character. What he is being accused of is by no means right, but Elmo’s character should not suffer. People will probably stop watching or supporting the show for a little while, during this time when the issue is of conversation in the news and online. When people hear the voice of Clash with Elmo on the show or movie they will start to associate Elmo with these allegations…and that is not a good thing. Something needs to be done to save the image of Sesame Street. The reputation of this show has been acquired for decades and it should not be ruined by Clash’s rumors. If people feel so strongly to abandon the show because of Clash’s personal life, Sesame Street should fire Clash. This may seem a little extreme, but in order to save the show they would have to sacrifice one puppeteer. I think Sesame Street should have made an announcement already. This could turn into a crisis if they do now handle it properly, and ignoring an issue being talked about is not the way to go about this. You need to be transparent and let your audience know what you and your team are doing to handle to situation even if you have not come to a clear, definite decision yet. People want to and need to be informed of this information as soon as possible.
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