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Katy Perry was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live‘s season premiere this weekend, just in time for her to address that silly Sesame Street cleavage scandal from a few days prior. Perry dropped by SNL‘s Bronx Beat sketch in an Elmo t-shirt cut even lower than the outfit she wore on Sesame Street. She was playing (ha) a children’s library volunteer who’d gotten in trouble for her revealing attire. Perry didn’t say much of note, mostly just letting her clothing and the chatty Bronx Beat ladies played by Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler get all the laughs.
And then Maya Rudolph got real. “Who cares if kids are looking at boobs?” she asked rhetorically. “Boobs feed babies…I turned on CSI the other night, and there’s a dead guy with a worm in his eye. But we can’t look at the tops of boobs?” Delivered in a goofy voice or not, it’s a pretty good point. Why do some Americans freak out so furiously about body parts — even harmless, mostly covered body parts? There was really nothing inappropriately sexual about what Perry wore on Sesame Street, unless creepy adults chose to read it that way. This whole non-issue is ridiculous, in my opinion, making a ridiculous SNL sketch the perfect way to respond.
But maybe you’ll disagree. Watch Katy Perry’s SNL skit after the jump if you haven’t seen it yet (clip via E!), then let us know what you think. Was this an appropriate way for Perry to respond to the Sesame Street controversy or not?