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Elmo accuser flops recant; parents everywhere squirm

Elmo

My kid owns three stuffed Elmo dolls. She has a little guitar that plays the theme song from “Elmo's World.” Books, diapers, clothes ... the whole lot. Elmo had a renewed presence in my life since I became a dad.

So, I've taken an interest in the story of Kevin Clash's alleged sexual relationship with a then-16-year old male.

Last week the man, now 23, recanted his accusation after it was reported he took a six-figure settlement. Great, story's over, right? I don't have to the throw away all of the Elmo memorabilia in my house. What a relief.

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National Puppet Slam hits Atlanta with gay-themed fair

2012 Puppet Slam

This weekend’s National Puppet Slam brings together a slate of puppeteers from around the country for two days of adult-themed shows Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts, including one gay-themed show.

Atlantan Gregg Van Laningham’s piece, “Jeremy’s Big Heart,” is the only gay-themed puppet show in the program for the Slam, set for Aug.3-4.  In it, the titular Jeremy is a kid, circa nine years old or so, who is hard at work making a Valentine’s Day card for another student in his class — who happens to be a boy.

When Jeremy’s mother finds out, she has mixed emotions.

“She wants him to be able to finish it but she fears what will happen if he does give it,” says Van Laningham, who is gay.