So if you haven't been living under a rock the past month or so then you've probably heard the devastating news that the man behind Elmo, Kevin Clash, has been sharing his Mr. Noodle with some sex partners who may or may not have been of age when the sharing occurred. This kind of sharing is very very bad, Elmo!
Unfortunately scandals and controversies are not new in the seemingly innocent world of kids television programming. Here's a look at 10 of the biggest kids' show scandals ever!
Pee Wee Herman FAPs
Even though The Pee Wee Herman Show always seemed kind of aimed at adults as well as kids, it was never adult movie adult! Playing with your pee wee in public is against the law and Herman was busted for doing just that in 1986. I guess one of the prices you pay for fame, is no longer being able to fap in a seedy movie theater!
Katy Perry's Cleavage
How naive can Sesame Street be? You invite Katy Perry to come on your show and not expect some major boobage action accompanied by some major boobage action fall out? The Katy segment was cut, after parents everywhere were outraged to find that their freshly weened toddlers wanted back on the teet after viewing it. Or something like that.
Bob the Builder Drops The F-Bomb
Parents were outraged, OUTRAGED I TELL YOU (I'm beginning to see a pattern here), when the beloved builder seemed be saying 'F*cking hell!" in his 1999 Christmas special. Creators claim that he was actually saying “I don’t know. I thought this was going to be easy.” Yeah, I can see how those two phrases might be confused. The offending remark was redubbed even though he wasn't really saying anything wrong. Mmmhmm.
The Gay Teletubby
Remember when everyone though Tinky Winky was gay? Hello? Just because you're a dude with a purse who sometimes wears a tutu doesn't mean you're gay. I'm still not sure what the above animated clip proves. But I am sure that it has thoroughly ruined many childhoods.
Dora's Sexy Makeover
In 2009 Dora got a tween makeover and parents were not happy with Dora's Bratz-y new look. Nickelodeon and Mattel claimed Dora was just as wholesome as ever, but there were rumors that the new Dora let Swiper go to second. Sorry, I don't know why I went there.
Pokemon Causes Seizures!
Pokemon has had it's share of controversy but the biggest scandal happened in 1997, when the flashing lights and strobe effects in the Pokemon episode Electric Soldier Porygon, sent 685 kids into the hospital after it aired. The episode was quickly banned. Of course we all know that the best banned episode is the one that features James taunting Misty with his big old boobies.
Sesame Street Porn Hack
Back in 2011, a hacker replaced all of Sesame Street's YouTube content with clips from porn flick First Anal Quest: Angelica . Although for sure educational, the offending clips were quickly removed and replaced by ones that were not brought to us by the letters XXX.
'In the Night Garden's Dirty Chinese Translation
The Chinese government was not too pleased when the Tombliboos let fly with a string of syllables that supposedly translated in Mandarin to "f--- your mother". Chinese children were surely scared for life after this most unreasonable demand.
Buster Visits Some Lesbian Moms
Oh come on people! Kids probably wouldn't even have known the women on the show were lesbians, if certain political leaders didn't make such a big friggin' deal about it. Now they all know what lesbians are and they don't understand why anyone would make a fuss about how good people choose to live their lives. So I guess it worked out in the end!
Spongebob Squarepants Burger King Commercial
According to the busy bodies, Spongebob can make kids gay, fat and dumb. Did you also know he can make you like big butts? Or I mean square butts. I can not lie. This video was really controversial. Eyeroll.
Which scandal do you find the most controversial? Let me know @desijedeikin or in the comments below!