Being Elmo on Times Square

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, carries the head of the Sesame Street character Elmo while he walks through Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. Elmo and Cookie Monster have long delighted young viewers on TV’s “Sesame Street”, but the recent antics of New York street performers dressed as the beloved characters have drawn the ire of city officials and now the show’s producers. Sesame Workshop, which owns the rights to Big Bird, Ernie and the assorted puppet monsters on the 45-year-old program, said on July 29, 2014 it was drafting plans to stop performers who dress up as the characters from appearing in Times Square, where they pose for photos with tourists and then demand tips. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, exits a subway station dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, poses with children while dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, poses with a woman while dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, New York July 29, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo, exchanges his tips for larger bills from a street food car vendor in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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A person dressed as the Sesame Street character Cookie Monster (L) and “Minion” from the “Despicable Me” movie are reflected in a window as they attempt to attract customers to pose for photos and tips in Times Square in New York July 29, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, walks across an intersection dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo, in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, gets dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo inside of a subway station in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, who works for tips dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo takes a lunch break in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico (C), stands amidst other people, all dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo, while they look to make tips for photographs in Times Square in New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, poses with women while dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, and dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo rests in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, looks to make tips for photographs while dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, and dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo, buys food from a street food cart in Times Square, New York July 30, 2014. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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