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Sesame Street's Elmo Creates Anti-Semitic Disturbance in NYC

A man in an Elmo costume was removed from Central Park in New York City after going on an anti-Semitic rant.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 6/27/2012, 1:16 AM

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A man in an Elmo costume was removed from Central Park in New York City after going on an anti-Semitic rant.

The unidentified was seen shouting obscenities in the middle of the Manhattan landmark and was later removed by police and taken by ambulance to New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Police said that Monday's incident was not the first time he had dressed as the Sesame Street character and gone on a racial tirade.

Videos of the incident began to circulate Sunday and show him instructing bystanders to read "The International Jew" by Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer who was known for his anti-Semitic views.

“I’m not making money because the Jewish costume company is harassing me,” said the man, caught on video. “That’s why I’m doing it and that’s why I want people to read 'The International Jew,' because if you start your business in this city, Jews will harass you.”

The man also complained that he wasn’t making any money because of “Jewish cops and company.”

A spokesman for the Sesame Street Workshop, the nonprofit group that produces “Sesame Street,” released a statement on Monday saying that “The ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets are known the world over, and we do not condone unauthorized representations of our characters.”