This particular Elmo, who often stood near a pedestrian plaza on Broadway, had made a name for himself due to his crude behavior and insults directed toward other impersonators.
“He would stop and say that we were all illegal immigrants and that people shouldn’t have their photos taken with us,” said Luis, a 25-year-old Elmo impersonator from Peru. Luis said that whenever he saw the angry Elmo he go ply his trade somewhere else.
The Elmo impersonator would often complain about the “Jewish cops” that would harass them. He also suggested that people read “The International Jew,” a series of anti-Semitic publications originally published by Henry Ford.
“If you start your own business in this city, Jews will harass you,” the man says in the video below.
In case you’re wondering, no, it’s not really legal for anyone to dress up as Elmo, but there are so many impersonators in New York, who dress up as everything from Woody from “Toy Story” to SpongeBob SquarePants, that police often just don’t do anything about it.
The man, who was not identified by name, was taken to Metropolitan Hospital Center for psychiatric evaluation.
See video of one of his tirades, as well as his arrest, below.
- Anti-Semitic Elmo of the Day (thedailywh.at)
- Elmo has anti-Semitic meltdown in Central Park (radio.woai.com)
- Elmo has anti-Semitic meltdown in Central Park (640whlo.com)