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