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?

Make a Comment

z_reenie by z_reenie | seymour, MO
Sep 27, 2010

It is sad to me that parents today are so accepting of anything or anyone that comes along and yet they wonder why our kids are growing up with no morals and no rules! My son is 17 and a normal, healthy, boy but even he was embarrased when I walked in while she was singing on SNL. Sex sells everything and after all, isn't that what it all comes down to? Anything to make a buck.

xtine77 by xtine77 | SAINT CHARLES, MO
Sep 26, 2010

I thought it was fine. It seems that some of the parents minds may be running a little wild though.

armstrongj100 by armstrongj100 | BOWLING GREEN, OH
Sep 26, 2010

I thought it was fine. I personally wouldn't have worn it and would have preferred that she was a bit more covered up, but it's done and so let's let it be and enjoy a good performance.

bonbon2007 by bonbon2007 | La Crescenta, CA
Sep 25, 2010

Well her dress is totally inappropriate for Sesame street,she's the only one i have seen dressed like that!all other guests have been on the show wearing nice non- revealing clothes...!no her dress isn't like figure-skating dresses,this is beyond them besides figure skaters don't have big bumps, even if they have the same kind of dress,they are too skinny and nothing shows,they dress up without showing.

jemappel by jemappel | Rye Brook, NY
Sep 25, 2010

I'm not so bothered by what she wore on sesame street but i think her music is LAME and her only goal as a celebrity is to be provocative in a trashy way. She doesn't seem to have any talent except for being skanky. I don't think you have to be a saint to be on Sesame Street, but she shouldn't be on because of how she behaves in her life,

girl17 by girl17 | EAGAN, MN
Sep 25, 2010

I don't feel that her clothing choice was too provocative considering what else is shown on tv these days. The song was cute and still educational.

tonia_jeff by tonia_jeff | lindenhurst, IL
Sep 25, 2010

I cant believe this is what people are worried about commercials so more skin and are inappropriate than this video. Some people really need to get a grip.

jenndta69 by jenndta69 | SHERMAN OAKS, CA
Sep 25, 2010

I agree, this should be a non issue. We should be discussing all of the teenage mother shows and celebrities out there. That should be making us angry, not what Katy Perry wore. Get over it!

Brindamorr by Brindamorr | NEW WINDSOR, NY
Sep 25, 2010

They probably should have chosen something different to dress her in. I used this train of thought; It's a preschool audience. They don't know either way.. however, if a preschool teacher wore this to work, it wouldn't go over well with parents or the administration. She looks lovely, for sure.. unfortunately, it makes as much sense as wearing a football uniform to ballet practice.

fourevertogether by fourevertogether | westminster, MD
Sep 25, 2010

I don't see the big deal honestly my 3 year old watched the video and my 5 year old twins and they were more entertained with elmo dancing around. My girls thought she was dressed like tinkerbell. So really in my opinion parents worry about something that bothers then not your child. My son wasn't going "mom wow her shirt shows too much" The people at seasame street let her go on so they must not have thought something was wrong with it.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Sep 25, 2010

Even though I think a different dress would have been more appropriate, I don't think it's that big of deal. I thought it was cute and I think any child watching would only think of it as that way too.

Rainenight by Rainenight | RUTLAND, MA
Sep 25, 2010

I just watched the clip on youtube and didn't see the big deal. I mean we grew up watching Wonder Woman who wore less than that and turned out just fine!

dhaubner by dhaubner | JACKSONVILLE, FL
Sep 25, 2010

Have you seen what the put on the ABC family? This should be a non-issue.

Sep 24, 2010

I saw nothing wrong with it. People need to grow up!

Shelbs by Shelbs | CORAM, NY
Sep 24, 2010

people need to get over, she looked fine. If they had an issue with it why didnt they have her change before they taped it