Sesame Workshop isn’t having a particularly sunny day. The company behind Sesame Street has discovered that a website is selling unlicensed, “sexy” Halloween costumes clearly based on its kid-friendly characters — and it’s biting back with a cease and desist letter.
As a Sesame Workshop rep tells EW, “The costumes are not licensed or authorized by Sesame Workshop. We are working with our legal team to have the costumes removed from the market.”
One of the costumes in question — on sale at Yandy.com — can be seen above. The site is skirting the legal line by calling this getup “Exclusive Yellow Dress and Stockings;” the model is also wearing a licensed Big Bird headband, which is sold separately. And Big Bird is far from the only Sesame Street character who’s gotten a sexified, unlicensed makeover from Yandy — click around, and you’ll also find Sexy Cookie Monster (or “Faux Fur and Mesh Blue Dress Set”), Sexy Elmo (“Furry Red Romper”), and Sexy Oscar the Grouch (“Sexy Trash Monster”).
Thanks to an offhand remark by Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate, Sesame Workshop has had a busy fall. The company last made headlines by denouncing an Obama campaign ad that featured Big Bird, saying, “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”