UNDISCLOSED – An unnamed Muppet belonging to a popular children’s television show has been granted an injunction amid multiple allegations of inappropriate tickling.
The individual has become the latest high-profile Muppet to gain an injunction preventing public disclosure of improper behaviour.
For legal reasons, the Muppet in question can only be referred to as ‘TME’.
The situation prevents the media from identifying the individual or any connected details such as his name, which show he appears on, even his fur colour.
The ‘household name’ was granted the court order to prevent his name from appearing in an episode of his educational show as an example to young children of what happens when one person can’t keep their hands off another.
The only details to emerge thus far surround multiple alleged cases of “unsolicited and inappropriate tickling…and probably a lot of high pitched giggling too,” suggested an anonymous source.
The injunction has caused the biggest controversy since the Cookie Monster applied for a gagging order in an attempt to avoid news of his addiction being made public knowledge.
This was later lifted in the name of public safety after he tried to take a bite out of a co-worker.
The court order has not stopped rumors of the identity from circulating suggestions the individual is a cast member of hit show Sesame Street. Some have even claimed the millionaire Muppet has already been identified on the internet.
‘L’ is for legally binding court injunction
Angered by what is seen as an unfair privilege, an advert featured by Cartoon Network showed an image of the Muppet with only a thin black band across his eyes and the word “censored” in capital letters.
An executive blasted the actions of ‘TME’, saying: “If he didn’t want people to find out then maybe he shouldn’t have been tickling away from home. We have a right to know what these Muppets get up to…my kids watch that show!”
The network maintains they were with their legal rights as the injunction only applies to pre-watershed programming. “No matter how famous, the law should not be bent to protect famous Muppets from public judgement.”
With the debate certain to rumble on, more and more famous Muppets could seek out legal means of enforcing privacy as they look to maintain their personal images.
Elsewhere, housemates Ernie and Bert issued a statement denying the rumors of improper behaviour involved them, adding: “We’re friends. Nothing more.”