Elmo Goes to China

Elmo’s journey, to be archived, began from Davidson College in a small town of North Carolina. He came with his owner, Shoko Whittemore to Davidson possibly from Tokyo, Japan or a storage box in Davidson. One of Shoko’s friends gave Elmo to her as a parting gift and a remembrance token. Elmo was interviewed on his thoughts about China. Here is the interview.

Interviewer: Elmo, how did you end up in China?

Elmo: First of all, Elmo was never planning to go to China. Elmo’s original plan involved spending my fall at Davidson College in Tomlinson with Elmo’s loving owner Shoko. It all started with some of Shoko’s friends coming over to help loft her bed and one of them, a brutish guy named Benito saw Elmo and grabbed me from the pile of stuff outside of Shoko’s room. He basically told Shoko to lend Elmo to him or there would be problems. So, Elmo spent about three days being this guy’s object of mockery. He would put Elmo on top of ridiculously high places, hang Elmo from the ceiling, and…

Interviewer: Elmo, we are asking you about how you ended up in China.

Elmo: Elmo’s sorry. It was just a horrible three days. Anyways, this fiend, Benito, was planning to return Elmo to her beloved owner when someone said that Benito should take Elmo to China. Elmo thought, “NOOOO! Not with that Benito!!!” Unfortunately, a guarantor named Yeeva Cheng promised Shoko that she would help watch Elmo in China. So, Elmo left on Wednesday with the group of Davidson students China bound.

Interviewer: So, you had no choice in the matter. Well, how do you like China Elmo?

Elmo: Wait. Aren’t you going to ask Elmo if Elmo feels like Elmo’s rights were abused or something like that?

Interviewer: Uh, no. You’re a doll and under the United States Constitution, dolls are not recognized as citizens and therefore have no rights.

Elmo: Elmo is not just somebody’s doll!!! Elmo iS ELMO!!!! ELMO SHOULD HAVE RIGHTS JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!!! SESAME STREET CHARACTERS SHOULD ALL HAVE RIGHTS!!! WE WILL BE FREE!!! AAAAHHH!!!! (CRASH).

Interviewer: Security! Restrain him!!!

Unfortunately, the interview ended with Elmo’s tirade and he had to be sedated before becoming violent. However, Elmo seems to have calmed down and is enjoying the trip in China. He currently resides in Shanghai, China and is actually participating in a photo project known as Elmo in China, and is the main focus. He is known to photo bomb pictures of Davidson students and professors. His album can be found on Benito Yon’s Facebook in the Album section: Elmo in China.

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