Sesame Street

Israeli puppet show ban draws Muppet protest

Israeli muppet Daffy and Palestinian muppet Haneen.

Puppeteers from the Israeli version of Sesame Street have protested against Israel's closure of a Palestinian children's puppet festival, arguing that puppetry poses no threat to Israeli security. Ariel Doron, the voice of Elmo on the Israeli version of the popular children's television show, and Yousef Sweid, who plays an Arab Muppet on the show, created a Facebook group named Puppets4All calling on Israel to permit the festival. Two other Israeli Sesame Street puppeteers, along with some fellow Israeli actors, uploaded photos to the Facebook group holding puppets and signs protesting the closure.

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013, 3:09am

Talking points

Cathay reveals extent of profit slump

Cathay Pacific Airways releases its annual results, with the figures expected to show profits plunging by almost 90 per cent to HK$570 million. Chief executive John Slosar warned in November that the airline had experienced a "difficult" year.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Elmo actor Kevin Clash quits Sesame Street amid sex scandal

"Sesame Street" character Elmo and puppeteer Kevin Clash. Photo: AP

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from Sesame Street on Tuesday amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys, ending a 28-year career in which he turned the furry red monster into one of the most beloved - and lucrative - characters on television.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

"Sesame Street" character Elmo and puppeteer Kevin Clash. Photo: AP

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from “Sesame Street” in the wake of a new allegation that he had sex with an underaged youth.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in New York accuses Clash of sexual abuse of a second youth. The lawsuit alleges that Cecil Singleton, then 15 and now an adult, was persuaded by Clash to meet for sexual encounters.

21 Nov 2012 - 1:13am

Sesame Street's Elmo puppeteer relieved as sex claim dropped

Kevin Clash has maintained that the accuser was not under the age of consent. Photo: AP

The puppeteer behind Elmo on Sesame Street voiced relief on Tuesday, after a man who accused him of underage sex was reported to have dropped the claim.

The makers of the beloved US children’s television show – who said on Monday they were letting Kevin Clash take time off to deal with the claims – also welcomed the withdrawal of the accusation.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Elmo puppeteer fights under-age sex claim

Kevin Clash, who is the voice and actions of Elmo. Photo: AP

The puppeteer behind Elmo on Sesame Street says he is taking time off from the US children's TV show to fight a "defamatory" claim he had a sexual relationship with an under-age boy.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:57am

'Million Muppet March' next month to save Big Bird, PBS subsidy

Romney had pledged earlier this month to end the US federal government's subsidy for the PBS despite his professed love for Big Bird. Photo: AP

Plans to save Sesame Street's Big Bird from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest dubbed the "Million Muppet March".

The event is planned for November 3 at the National Mall in Washington, three days before the general election.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Obama ad targets Romney's threat to end Sesame Street producers' subsidy

Protesters in garb after Romney said he would end aid to the show's producer. Photo: AP

A day after some national polls showed US President Barack Obama's edge over Mitt Romney evaporating, he responded with an attention-grabbing commercial featuring Big Bird of Sesame Street and Romney's debate-night vow to end US government funding to producers of the hit children's television show.

It did not exactly take flight.

11 Oct 2012 - 3:38am

Sesame Street Live - When Elmo Grows Up

Academy Lyric Theatre, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, HK$220-HK$450, HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2584 8500. Until Aug 8, 3pm, 7.30pm

29 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Street party

Iconic American children's show Sesame Street is turning 40 on Tuesday, marking four decades of what could be one of the most widely shared childhood memories around the world.

6 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Silliness holds secret of Muppet madness

With an athletic build and standing more than 180 centimetres tall, Kevin Clash looks an unlikely choice to play a 3.5-year-old Muppet with a high-pitched voice.

When you meet him, there's no clue to relate him to red, furry Sesame Street monster Elmo.

1 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Magic! But will the kids watch?

FOR decades now, the shenanigans of Bert and Ernie, Big Bird, the Cookie Monster and the other characters on Sesame Street have defined what good children's television is all about - educational viewing that is always entertaining.

Sesame Street is so engaging many adults give it the occasional look.

4 Jul 1993 - 12:00am