By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act November 18, 2013 at 3:24PM
5 - The documentary that was released about a year before the allegations of improper sexual conduct with minors controversy that followed its star, Kevin Clash, to his eventual resignation from his post at Sesame Street.
Before the film's 2011 release, I doubt most folks knew that the person who long voiced Elmo (the extremely popular Sesame Street muppet) was a black man. If you did, feel free to pat yourself on the back twice.
Titled Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, and directed by Constance Marks, the documentary introduces you to the unlikely man behind the puppet – the heart and soul of Elmo – Kevin Clash.
Clash officially became a puppeteer on Sesame Street in 1984, and was the man behind Elmo for much of his career. He won Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work as Elmo, and Hoots the Owl, on Sesame Street, 7 years in a row - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and again in 2009.
Watching this after being made aware of the allegations of improper sexual conduct with minors just doesn't feel the same as when I watched it before those same allegations were made public.