Police removed a mentally disturbed man in an Elmo costume from New York City’s Central Park Zoo on Sunday afternoon.
The man was spouting anti-Jewish insults, including encouraging visitors at the zoo to read “The International Jew” — an anti-Semitic series of pamphlets published by Henry Ford.
The anti-Semitic Elmo made his first appearance in 2009 in Times Square, demanding people give him money to take pictures of him. Berating people who refused to give him money, Elmo said, “Elmo needs to make a living too.” He popped up again in 2010.
When observers Sunday told the Elmo to get a real job, he responded by saying, “I’m not making money because the Jewish costume companies are harassing me.”
Apparently, the slow economy has had an effect on even society’s most beloved figures.