Katy Perry yanked from Sesame Street: Is this worth the furor?
Over the years, everybody from Richard Pryor to Jack Black has made safe-for-kiddies appearances on the grandest preschool show of them all: Sesame Street.
But when pop star Katy Perry chased Elmo around a cartoon wonderland, her low cut dress revealed a bit too much for some skittish parents, causing enough complaints and headlines that Sesame Workshop has pulled the offending video from its 41st season debut, scheduled Monday.
Here's the official take, via press release: "Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists. 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. 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.”
But when I ventured to YouTube for a sample of the clip, the show -- which has produced preschool-appropriate spoofs of Mad Men and Law & Order Special Victims Unit, for goodness sakes -- had already yanked it. Fortunately, quite a few other fans had already appropriated the video for their little corners of the video sharing site.
So check it out -- compare it to Pryor's '70s-era stopover -- and judge for yourself.
Was this really worth banishing Perry from Sesame Street?
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