For about 20 minutes yesterday, visitors to the YouTube channel of the popular children's show saw hardcore porn instead of Elmo and Big Bird. The channel has nearly 150,000 subscribers, and usually hosts dozens of clips from the PBS program.But Sunday, the hackers replaced the page's banner to read, "SESAME STREET: I'TS [sic] WHERE PORN LIVES." In the profile description, the hackers wrote: "WHO DOESN'T LOVE PORN KIDS? RIGHT! EVERYONE LOVES IT…PLEASE DON'T LET SESAME STREET TO GET THIS ACCOUNT BACK KIDS …WE GONNA MAKE ALL THE AMERICA HAPPY!"
"We apologize for any inconvenience our audience may have experienced yesterday on our Sesame Street YouTube channel," read a message on the channel's home page, which appeared to have been restored around 11 a.m. ET.
"Our channel was temporarily compromised, but we have since restored our original line-up of the best classic Sesame Street video clips featuring Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, and the rest of the fuzzy, feathered, and googly-eyed friends you remember from childhood."