Look, I’m not gonna front here. You all know I love Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop. But Elmo? Eh. I gotta be honest. Elmo was of course part of the zeitgeist during my formative years, but he wasn’t a character on Sesame Street when I was actually watching it as a pre-schooler, and so I don’t have that much allegiance to him.
He was huge in the 90s, but by the time my daughter started watching the show in the 2000’s, his star had faded a bit. Sure, Elmo is pretty much still the puppet face of Sesame Street, and his creator Kevin Clash has received a lot of attention for his book My Life as a Furry Red Monster and the documentary “Being Elmo.” Clash has that rare combination of creative talent and business savvy that helps a career explode, and even though much of what he does as Elmo is funny, I generally can’t stand watching Elmo out of context.
As Clash has allowed Elmo to appear in more and more non-Sesame settings, Elmo has gone from a sensitive little red monster with a sweet, soft high voice who taught kids about feelings and being polite to a loud, squeaky obnoxious egomaniac who draws all over his walls with crayon. So I guess it’s fitting that Elmo has finally found his way into the fashion world via this interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
He starts the video by telling his companion, “Come on, Elmo has places to go, people to see.” Mmm-hmm, Elmo. I guess you’ve forgotten your roots on the (Sesame) Street! Take a look at The Look: