“Beneath a Ranting Elmo’s Mask, a Man With a Disturbing Past” ~ NY Times

NY TimesThe man in the red Elmo costume was back to work in Central Park on Tuesday, but under the mask, he was not smiling. He was behind in tips he earns by posing for photographs with tourists. He said he had gotten a late start because he was not released from a psychiatric evaluation at a nearby hospital until midmorning. “The police asked me not to come here today,” the man said Tuesday. “I’m sort of sneaking back in.” The man, who said his legal name, if not an original one, is Adam Sandler, was handcuffed by the police and escorted from the park on Sunday afternoon after he was heard — and videotaped, by an English tourist — shouting anti-Semitic remarks outside the Central Park Zoo. On Tuesday, Mr. Sandler, 48, of Ashland, Ore., removed his Elmo head from atop his own and tried to explain himself. He said the doctors at Metropolitan told him he was “a little paranoid.” It was obvious from talking to him that he is troubled. But he told a lucid and detailed account of his life, and he told of his own dark past, one that might alarm parents whose children have posed with him. The tale he told underscored just how little is known about the men and women who dress as various children’s characters in tourist-clogged areas, looking for small tips. This tiny industry is unregulated. Mr. Sandler said he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, which the university confirmed. He later traveled to Cambodia and started a pornographic Web site called “Welcome to the Rape Camp.” “I had a sex scandal,” he said.

Adam Sandler – the Anti-Semetic Elmo – has skeletons in his closet? You don’t say! I mean hindsight is always 20/20, and its easy for me to say this after watching him go on his Hitler Rant in Central Park – but I’m almost positive if you gave me one look at the fake Adam Sandler in half an Elmo costume I would have been like “this dude ran a Cambodian website about rape camp. Take it to the bank.”

I mean just look at that photo. The desperation in his eyes. The disheveled hair. The man purser around his neck. Those preposterous Elmo knee pads. That photo screams “I’m the founder of a website about Cambodian rape porn.” There’s just no other way to put it.

PS – How mad is the real Adam Sandler that Anti-Semetic Rapist Elmo chose his name as his alias? Like out of all the bad publicity, Cambodian rape camp has gotta be the worst.

PPS – “Welcome to Rape Camp” sounds like something Tyree would have yelled at Chad in the Mad Real World on Chappelle’s Show.