C is for Controversy, that’s good enough for me. The venerable children’s show Sesame Street has announced they have decided not to air Katy Perry’s guest appearance after a clip of it released online generated a bit of a hullabaloo. In the clip, Perry sings a tweaked version of “Hot N Cold” with Elmo, but it was her relatively revealing outfit that prompted some parents to complain.
Sesame Street has quite often made reference to things that are likely to be over the head of their average audience member — for example, look no further than their new True Blood parody, “True Mud,” or, my personal favorite, the Lynchian “Twin Beaks” — but the show is usually a paragon of appropriateness. Producers released this statement explaining their decision to cut Perry, “Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists. Sesame Street has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult. We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver. We also value our viewer’s opinions and particularly those of parents. In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on You Tube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers. Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on You Tube.”
Watch the video below, PopWatchers, then tell us: Is that segment too racy for kids?