Fans of Elmo no doubt were taken aback when a man wearing a costume of the beloved "Sesame Street" character replaced his cute and loving words with anti-Semitic slurs in some of New York's main attractions and parks.
Over the last few weeks the fake Elmo has been blaming "Jewish cops" for his inability to make money - those in giant costumes typically seek tourists' donations in exchange for a photo - urging people to read anti-Semitic books and cursing Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League.
New York Police have removed the hateful Elmo from public areas, but he has yet to be arrested.
Perhaps this Elmo has watched Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV station. About five years ago, its "Tomorrow's Pioneers" show featured a giant mouse, bee, rabbit and bear explaining to children how dangerous Jews are. Maybe Elmo should have gone for an Oscar the Grouch outfit.