Elmo in the news a lot lately — some good, some fucking terrible — but nevertheless, the loving furrie cannot be avoided. This time, it's because some Elmo-costumed dude who enjoys harassing tourists with anti-Semitic outbursts was sentenced to a year in jail after admitting he tried to extort $2 million from his former employer, the Girl Scouts.
I would've expected this from Cookie, but et tu, Elmo? Et tu?
For the record, the details are horrifying:
In some of his e-mails, Mr. Sandler demanded $2 million in cash and threatened to spread the false story that the Girl Scouts regularly arranged sexual encounters between men and its campers if he did not get the money, prosecutors said.
So, let me get this straight. Boyfriend is bouncing around the country, just looking for a city where they appreciate a man dressed as Elmo who's generous with the ethnic slurs, and decided that, hey, in the meantime, why don't I go after those terrible Girl Scouts! Not cool, Elmo.
Manhattan Criminal Court sentences him to a year on Wednesday so it's probably safe to leave your house for a couple months, NYC and San Francisco.