CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – “Elmo” was not arrested in New York yesterday. An Elmo impersonator, who frolicked in New York City’s Central Park and in Times Square, is prompting confusion today. New York news is unsure if the Elmo impersonator was arrested, or just questioned, on Monday. They are also unsure which impersonator prompted police reaction Monday and if the same character depicted on a YouTube video is the one prompting police intervention this week.
In a report published today, the New York Times claims than an Elmo impersonator in Central Park Monday was “not arrested”. Rather the Times claims he was “taken to Metropolitan Hospital Center for a psychological evaluation.” But in the same article, the Times claims the impersonator was arrested. “It is impossible to say if he is the same Elmo — he is, after all, encased head-to-toe in red, synthetic fur — but the arrested impersonator and the one in the videos both wear kneecaps.”
The Sesame Street Workshop tells news that it does not authorize the impersonation of its characters. One video posted on YouTube shows an Elmo impersonator in Central Park this month spewing hate. Some park patrons paid attention to the male in costume while others kept walking. The YouTube video was uploaded on June 16 and has amassed nearly ninety-thousand views to date.
Despite the similarity noted by the Times, the person taken away by ambulance this Monday outside the Central Park Zoo was wearing blue and white knee pads. The costumed man on YouTube appears in black knee pads. Police have yet to tell news if their hospitalized Elmo still remains inside New York’s Metropolitan Hospital Center Tuesday. The Elmo impersonator has yet to comment about the matter.