Wil Wheaton says Larry David “aggressor” elmo on TV last week might have been funny to some, but to him it was no laughing matter… because it triggered old, ugly memories.
The ‘Star Trek’ actor had a strong reaction when the ‘Curb’ star put his hands on the ‘Sesame Street’ puppet on the ‘Today’ show: he took to Facebook to write a lengthy essay criticizing LD. .while he was in the same breath explaining why he shook it to the core.
He writes: “What the fuck is wrong with that guy? Elmo is the best friend of several generations of children. In the Sesame Street universe, ELMO IS A BOY, who is currently dealing with mental health and caring for his children. others in the spotlight.”
WW adds… “And Larry, fucking David… did… that? And thought it was going to be… funny? What? What an idiot! What a stupid me!” “Focus, you deaf idiot****.”
Wil goes on to say that his father used to abuse him as a child, shaking him by the shoulders and yelling in his face, among other things, and says that upon seeing Larry do that to elmo He had his heart racing as he brought to light an internal trauma in his mind. He’s pretty serious, too.
He ends by saying that what Elmo means to so many children (especially in that segment, where he promoted mental health awareness) makes Larry’s attack that much more sickening.
Wil ends with… “A man who would belittle and mock that is not a great man. Shame on you, Larry David.” This rant of his, by the way, ended up being about 900 words on FB.
FWIW, Larry “apologized” to Elmo shortly after his outburst… and clearly thought it was all in fun. Apparently not, though, from Wil’s point of view: the guy is completely outraged and hurt.
Cue ‘Frolic’… and zoom in on Larry’s confused face.