The 2012 election made it look like Big Bird was losing his job … but Elmo is the one headed for unemployment. Puppeteer Kevin Clash, who voices the furry red friend of all children, has resigned from “Sesame Street” over an ensuing scandal that he may have had sex with multiple underage boys. In a statement released today, Sesame Workshop said:
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. Keep reading »
When 72-year-old Liu Xianping went to help his granddaughter unpack items at her teen clothing boutique, he had no idea it would be the start of a groundbreaking modeling career. “He picked up one piece and tried to give some advice on how to mix and match,” his granddaughter explains. “We thought it was fun so we started shooting.” The resulting photos show a poised and lithe Xianping cutting a striking figure in colorful skirts, jackets, and knee-high socks, and they’ve gotten so much attention in the Chinese media that sales at his granddaughter’s store are five times higher than they were before he made his modeling debut. No word on whether Xianping will be accepting other modeling gigs, but for now he seems to be taking his new-found fame in stride: “We were very happy on the day of the shooting,” he says. “I’m very old and all that I care about is to be happy.” [Oddity Central]
Black Friday is a uniquely American consumerist faux “holiday” that I will never understand. Do millions of people really want to endure screaming toddlers and hordes of teenagers at the mall just so they can buy an Old Navy fleece for 20 percent off? No, thanks.
But for the retail workers who have to mediate the screaming toddler hellscape, they have little or no choice. Now, some retail employees, such as those at Walmart and Target who are seeing “Black Friday” begin earlier and earlier each year, they are saying enough is enough. Keep reading »
We’re still living in the Stone Age when it comes to our understanding of mental illness. If you find out that your mom needs pills to control her blood pressure, you shrug and forget about it; if you find out that your mom needs pills to keep from hearing voices in her head, you think you’re living in a horror movie.
But your brain is just another part of your body, and just as you can get a cold by touching a doorknob somebody sneezed on, there are all sorts of random and innocuous things that can make it go haywire. Read more…
Police in Missouri have disbanded an alleged plot by a 20-year-old man named Blaec Lammers to shoot up a screening of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part Two” in the same way as this summer’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado, during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Lammers had purchased a ticket for a screening of “Breaking Dawn, Part Two” in Bolivar,
MS MO, and had two assault rifles with 400 rounds of ammo. He was charged on Friday with making a terrorist threat, first-degree assault, and criminal action. Keep reading »
Dear Danai Raiwech (aka The Great Panty Caper),
Hi. How are you? You probably feel like shit right now, on bail, waiting to be charged for your involvement in nearly a half a million dollar jewelry heist. But stealing jewelry is not your life’s passion. Your life’s passion is stealing women’s underwear. Keep reading »