Scandal On Sesame Street

   By drodriguez  Sep 23, 2010

Many of us know pop sensation Katy Perry as a sex symbol who sings songs with risque lyrics and often dresses provocatively.  But kids may be getting to know her as something else entirely, just another one of Elmo’s friends on Sesame Street.  

Katy Perry recently shot a segment with Elmo on Sesame Street singing the PG version of the song “Hot N Cold”.  The music video segment was originally supposed to air on television but has so far only made it to Youtube after the video started receiving comments from parents about the way Perry was dressed, revealing too much cleavage.  

Katy Perry was obviously surprised when she took to her Twitter account after hearing news that Sesame Street was cutting her segment from the show.  She writes, “Wow, looks like my play date with Elmo has been cut short.”  While many parents showed their disdain for the singer’s attire, others thought it was no big deal and couldn’t understand why it was being taken out of the show.  

In the music video she is playing dress up with Elmo and is wearing a Tinker Bell dress that is cut in a heart shape at the top revealing some cleavage.  Sesame Street has responded to the negative feedback by withdrawing the segment from the television lineup and releasing a statement.  A rep for Sesame Street says, “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.”  

What do you think of the way Katy Perry was dressed during her Sesame Street segment?

Do you think her attire is inappropriate for a kid’s show?

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LilyLex by LilyLex | New York, NY
Dec 08, 2010

Sesame Street knew about the singer and her fashion. i honestly don't find anything wrong with her outfit. Only us adults would find this sexual or a problems, Children would just sing along to her song.

SteffieJr by SteffieJr | Longwood, FL
Nov 14, 2010

If they dressed her in the outfit to begin with and didn't have a problem with it, I don't see how a 3-4 year old would be looking at her cleavage and saying, "Mommy, she sure has big boobies"...LOL. I think they'd be more interested in watching Elmo dancing and singing with her than anything.

musicmomma by musicmomma | LONG VALLEY, NJ
Nov 02, 2010

I'll be honest. Sesame Street isn't something we tend to watch in our household. The overall show is great....but there are things that really make me wonder. Who was in charge of her outfit? Shouldn't it have been the people who film Sesame Street? Katy Perry is just some young idol....she has NO clue what is approprite for children. That's Sesame Street's job. I have written them in the past about episodes that I didn't approve of....and never received a response. My children are developing just fine without Sesame Street.

turtel2010 by turtel2010 | Pittsfield, MA
Oct 18, 2010

I watched some of the video on youtube and I think it's adorable. I mean the kids watching it probably see more cleavage going to the grocery store with their parents or from their teenage sister for Pete's sakes. She's playing dress up...hello she is in a costume there is nothing wrong with what she has on.

love2sample by love2sample | PHOENIX, AZ
Oct 10, 2010

I think they could have dressed her more appropriately. odd that no one on staff thought of it at the time.

aminaha by aminaha | apple valley, CA
Oct 07, 2010

The people who run Sesame Street knew who the singer was, thus its unbelievable that they could think this was a good idea for their children show.

goetsch4 by goetsch4 | New Berlin, WI
Oct 06, 2010

I think she could have wore something a little longer but I wouldn't not let my kids watch. I love Katy Perry even though she does dress odd sometimes.

jonzgirl by jonzgirl | Olathe, KS
Oct 05, 2010

I am thankful that I don't have children of "Sesame Street" age anymore; however, the media frenzy that this inspired required that I talk to my teen daughter again about modesty and why it is inappropriate to dress like Katy Perry. I am shocked that Sesame Street would even consider having her on the show. Regardless of what segment she performed with Elmo, lets look at her public lifestyle. Is this a person that we want our daughters to idolize...I don't think so.

Supernovae by Supernovae | Berkeley, CA
Oct 05, 2010

Katy Perry sucks. She is not an artist or a thinker: she is a sexist homophobic wannabe 50s throwback who is paid to be the front woman for well-engineered but poorly written pop. Sesame Street is garbage. I hated it when I was a kid. I hate it now. Considering how stupid American children are getting I think they would be better off reading books and learning about science than watching Sesame Street. <> So can we talk about something important now? Like the economy? Finances? The wage gap for working mothers (which would probably be more useful to the women on this site)? Katy Perry's boobs are about as important to me as picking fly sh&^!t out of pepper.

smiddlemore by smiddlemore | POST FALLS, ID
Oct 04, 2010

Even if Katy Perry was dressed in a turtle neck with a skirt down to her ankles it was an awkward (to say the least) video to watch. Not sure what educational message is being taught. It was a bad segment and not really note worthy, this seems like some good publicity for Ms. Perry though. We are all going to have different views on what is appropriate attire and/or behavior for children to be exposed to and that is why I believe it's important to review what our children are watching and either deny them access to the material or sit and discuss with them what they see and hear. We raise our children not the television or school system or media.

gogrl71 by gogrl71 | suisun city, CA
Oct 03, 2010

I read on TMZ that the top part was actually a nude color. I dont get the sesame street producers and all those people who work their. They saw her walk on set with that dress on, couldnt they see that it was a bad choice of clothing for the show?

Aspiringauthor09 by Aspiringauthor09 | LAKEVILLE, PA
Oct 01, 2010

i think that we need to be very careful with our rolemodels for our children. they should have kept Katy a little more covered, but i think her outfit wasn't all that bad. as long as we don't idolize the sexed-up version of Katy, we should be fine. I think that as long as we teach our kids- especially our daughters- that we should use of minds more than our boobs- to put it crudely- than we can let tyhem watch that. it all depends on how you have taught your child. in the end, its the parents' fault if their kid turns out whoreish.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Sep 30, 2010

I'm a life time watcher of Sesame Street. I've watched over the years it get more and more away from it's conservative beginnings to being surprised at some of the things its been airing. I also would prefer to see less CGI and more human relationships and interaction with the people/puppets in the neighborhood. (just added note, it was so sad when Mr Hooper passed away. I still miss him.)

babyemg by babyemg | Broken Arrow, OK
Sep 30, 2010

Why ask her to film the segment and not request her to wear modest attire if it was in poor taste? I did not think her attire was inappropriate in the least and I am shocked that Sesame Street felt the need to pull her segment.

kazelton by kazelton | Woodward, OK
Sep 30, 2010

Just another poor role model for our children.