The “Teenage Dream” singer had a schedule appearance in a music video with Elmo on the Monday, Sept. 27 debut of the show’s 41st season, but then clips leaked out on YouTube.
“‘Sesame Street’ has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists,” Sesame Workshop says in a statement. “‘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 caregiver. 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.”
The comments haven’t been very kind. The video is a song parody of Perry’s “Hot and Cold,” used to teach viewers about opposites. It’s not the concept or the singing that’s at issue, however. Perry wears a yellow dress with a bustier top that displays her cleavage prominently. Many of the comments refer to her breast and whether or not preschoolers will be fixated on them.
Judge for yourself:
Perry will be the musical guest on the premiere of “Saturday Night Live” this week with host Amy Poehler. We demand a puppet parody!
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