Sesame Street Creators Sue Over Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Ejaculating Puppets’5 months ago by Staff Writer in Movie News
Words by Kari Bailey
Sesame Street’s creators are not pleased nor thrilled with the film The Happytime Murders starring Melissa McCarthy.
The puppet movie warranted a lawsuit against STX Productions by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit parent company responsible for the production of the children’s show.
According to documents obtained by E! News, the suit, filed in federal court in New York on Thursday, claims that this inappropriate and foul comedy “tarnishes” the well-known and beloved show’s “trusted brand.” Issues arose after the “violent and sexually explicit” trailer and with the film’s tagline, “No Sesame. All Street.”
“Defendants’ widely distributed marketing campaign features a just-released trailer with explicit, profane, drug using, misogynistic, violent, copulating and even ejaculating puppets,”
The suit claims, “Defendants do not own, control or any right to use the Sesame Street mark. Instead they are delivering a trailer that deliberately confuses consumers into mistakenly believing that Sesame was associated with, has allowed, or has even endorsed or has even produced the movie and tarnishes Sesame’s brand.”
Stating to TheWrap, STX Entertainment mentioned that they were working closely with Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson, who directed The Happytime Murders, along with Jim Henson Company on the film.
The statement read, “We are confident in our legal position…STX loved the idea of working closely with Brian Henson and the Jim Henson Company to tell the untold story of the active lives of Henson puppets when they’re not performing in front of children. Happytime Murders is the happy result of that collaboration and we’re incredibly pleased with the early reaction to the film and how well the trailer has been received by its intended audience.”
While STX is disappointed that Sesame Street is not in agreement to this kind of fun, they are confident in their legal position. STX looks forward to introducing adult moviegoers to the adorable unapologetic puppet characters this summer.
Happytime Murders is due out in theaters in August.