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Katy Perry: Way too 'adult' for 'Sesame Street'?


All the toddlers who brought out their best daisy dukes for Katy Perry's "Sesame Street" premiere are gonna be so cranky.

Thursday morning, the PBS children's show announced that a scheduled appearance by Perry, queen of the most inappropriate whipped-cream bra ever, had been canceled. On Monday, a clip of Perry wearing a sweetheart-cut dress, singing a G-rated version of her hit "Hot N Cold" and begging to "play" with Elmo, was leaked on the Web. Parents, outraged by Perry's C-cup-accentuating dress, immediately protested. "You're going to have to rename [Sesame Street] Cleavage Avenue," wrote one commenter, while another simply joked, "My kid wants milk now."

In response, "Sesame Street" yanked the segment, which was set to appear later this year as part of the show's 41st season. “Sesame Street has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult," a spokesperson said in a statement. "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 viewers' opinions, and particularly those of parents. In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video, which was released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers."

Perry' is pretty bummed that her street cred with the "Sesame Street" set has taken a hit. "I can totally tell you how to get to Sesame Street!" she tweeted this morning. "I've been, Elmo & I hang out." Some fans have taken to the Web to defend her, insisting that she's being punished for being a little curvy. Others wonder, why all the controversy? "Holy crap, people," wrote one outraged YouTube commenter. "Yes, women have breasts."


--Melissa Maerz

Photo: Katy Perry performs at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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She is not adult at all; She is just sleazy, like so many of these "celebrities"!

Some of Miss Piggy's outfits showed way more cleavage than this!

What in the world were the producers and executives at PBS thinking when they decided to offer Katy Perry time on Sesame Street. I LOVE KATY PERRY, but she does not belong on Sesame Street!

No wonder Elmo ran away from her when she wanted to play dress up. He could see more skin on her than he has ever seen before.

"I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It", "Teenage Dream", "California Gurls". Come on people - you have had this show for as long as I can remember. Don't you know your audience YET?????

I find nothing wrong with this video. I'm sorry it was fun and it would get children up and dancing. Second of all, women have breasts America. Stop being so prude. Your prude nature is the reason why there are so many sex crimes in America. So all the women on Sesame Street should have to tape down their breasts and all of the monsters including the men should have to wear clothes because technically they are all naked. Besides, children will have absolutely no idea about that sort of thing. Making a big deal out of it though children are bound to find out and think that their bodies are something to be ashamed of. If she was running around in a bikini that would be a different story but she was wearing a dress WITH A PIECE OF FABRIC over her chest. Give it a rest America, your children will see more while you're sitting on a beach in the summer....

Seriously, grow up. I watched it over and over again and saw no explicit content. The little kids probably didn't even notice it until their overreacting parents pointed it out. And I'm pretty sure these kids have seen worse. It's not like the adults never saw posters of Marilyn Monroe put up when they were little. What' so wrong about cleavages?!? I believe that this protest is not against the video itself, but against what Katy Perry has done in the past. Sesame Street knows, after almost 50 years, I'm sure they know what's appropriate and what's not. To me, I find it such a shame that parents find this video explicit. To me, it's nothing but a load of the brown stuff that comes out of bull's rear end.

You moms need to stop your whining. I watched this video over and over, and I'm a mom of two tots, and I saw "NOTHING" wrong with it. Maybe you moms had your husbands watching sesame street with you, and you didn't want him looking at Katy the wrong way, because my 4 year old said nothing about Katy, only that she was pretty. Some of you "WOMEN", and I say women because all we do as women is complain and get jealous of women with great figures. I'm so disappointed that Sesame Street cancelled the airing of this video because it was really cute.

Katy Perry's outfit is nearly identical to Tinkerbell's - down to the color! I don't see anyone protesting their kids watching Tink flit around in her low cut mini dress!

I didn't realize there were Puritans still around. Ask yourself this if you watch that video and you are thinking about her cleavage doesn't that say more about you than it does about the video? I'm a red blooded American male and I didn't get caught up in her cleavage during this video. It was fun and entertaining and if your kids watch this video and go whoa look at her boobs then there is a problem in how you have raised them not in how Katy Perry dressed or in how Sesame Street shot the video. She is also far from the most controversial person to appear on Sesame Street. After Richard Pryor was on there toddlers didn't run around dropping the f bomb so its doubtful they would now be running around acting like Perry in her other videos. Its a shame that so many grown ups haven't grown up in this world. For the Record I am a parent and once again I saw nothing in this video to make me scream OMG no kid should see this.

I don't find anything at all wrong with Katy Perry's video with Elmo.
She may sing some off color songs elsewhere, but the song on SS was perfectly re-written.
As far as, "Katy's Perry's Boobs" too much for SS. No one would have noticed if someone didn't say it.
The video is as cute as heck and to remove it is a big mistake.

I have seen other celebs on SS that I ? this one not at all, she is adorable and a perfect playdate for Elmo. Jessica Parker was on,, her show is called Sex in the City, and she is pretty naughty on Sex in the City, did anyone ? her being on the show?

I think Katy's video should stay,, it is colorful and adorable.

Oh come on what is the problem I saw it and thought it was cute. I have kids and I don't feel that they would have been viewing an XRATED video,she has breasts which is quit a shock......for a 24 year old

Katy did a great job. Too bad Sesame Street takes advice from a far right perspective. Kids dont see what scrutinizing adults do unless directed by the adults. I say that the video should be shown on the show. I would definitely allow my kids to have watched it. Perhaps Sesame Street should reconsider!!!

Elmo defended her right? that makes her ok in my book.

Ladies, and I use the term loosely, don't you have boobs. Your kids and every other kid is going to see them and unless you raise them wrong, they won't be asking what are those things on your chest. IT'll be a few years before they start to learn about their bodies.

Pretend that evidence exists which shows that television can be harmful to early development. Then pretend that stylized and fashion-oriented sexuality is a dislocation and distortion of real world sexuality. Lastly, imagine that there is a difference between natural nudity and objectification.

The cloths the woman is wearing in this show accentuate her breasts, pushing them up and together. This manner of dress exists because many people (generally heterosexual men) find it appealing due to its eroticism and fetishism of the female mammary glands. There is no reason to use such dress on a program designed to attract an audience of prepubescent children. There is a valid reason not to: most prepubescent children are still developing an idea of human sexuality and don’t have the mental facility to make sense of its complexities. This kind of thing (the accentuation of sexual organs) is potentially confusing and therefore harmful to healthy psychological development. [This is not to mention the fact that actual testing has revealed television to be, in and of itself, an unhealthy distraction for infants and very young children].

Of course this won’t stop people from complaining that prudes and idiots want to censor all their ‘innocent’ fun. Like putting an openly pro-drug gangster rapper with direct ties to pornography on a show produced for children (“Snoop Dogg”). But maybe there is a rational reason why this particular episode (with Katie Perry) was singled out. Isn’t it conceivable that people who think differently than you have a line on a truth you do not?

This example of questionable programming is the least of a parents worries, though, when the most popular internet site for children in the United States is actually a porn friendly ego-centered testing ground for the effects of free expression on human guinea pigs. Yeah, I know, it’s a parents responsibility right? The members of corporations that set up social networks which profit from the attention and income that children generate are not socially responsible at all, are they?

Oh please, really? Isn't this the country that is also responsible for "Girls Gone Wild" videos?

How about America starts to tackle the really worrying issue?

Not the fact that kids are being confronted with female anatomy (which half the viewing populace of Sesame Street has too and will go on to develop at some point in their lives), but the fact that these kids are being spoon fed brands, ads and marketing icons, like Katy Perry.

In fact, spoon feeding is probably too subtle a concept. Come the ad breaks, what the kids face is pure and simple bombardment of consumerist dreams and ideologies.

And probably a little bit of violence too, but THAT's perfectly okay for kids to see. After all, there will be wars to support wars when they get older - maybe they'll even be lucky enough to go and fight and die in one!

How many more "Breastgates" will it take for this topic to no longer provoke outrage among the hypocritia?

OK, I just watched an episode of sesame street with my 2 year old daughter this morning. There was a segment with 2 ballerinas. There dress had a neckline as low (if not lower) then Katy's. It just so happens that they had very little in the bust area so therefore no cleavage. So was Katy actually targeted because she is "busty" and therefor "had" cleavage? Is someone saying that women who have breast that are big enough to create cleavage should cover it up to there neck but those who are flat can expose more? That just sounds so wrong.

Oh and by the way, when the ballerinas were dancing there dress flew up and exposed their full legs... Oh no. LOL

If you watch the video you can plainly see how innocent it actually is. Young children "have" seen adults wearing bikinis. There was NOTHING sexual about this video and if you really think there is, perhaps you have some kind of fetish or sexual perversion that you need to address.

I don't think Katy Perry should be on Sesame Street but only because I don't like her music.


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