Katy Perry and Elmo Duet Pulled From Sesame Street Season Opener

If you haven’t already heard about it, you probably will. As has become one of Sesame Street’s more fun traditions, they invited a popular singer to come and record a “kid-ified” version of one of their well-known songs with one or more of the Sesame Street cast. Most recently, Katy Perry recorded a version of her song Hot N’ Cold with Elmo that would be airing on the September 27th season opener. As of September 23rd, Sesame Street pulled the segment due to comments about the amount of her cleavage being shown. You can read a bit more about it at one of the Wall Street Journal blogs.

I’ve got my own thoughts about the video and the attention/controversy surrounding it. I’d love to hear from you all, though (I’ll post my thoughts later in the comments):

  • What are your thoughts about the video?
  • What would you tell parents who are outraged at the video?
  • What would you tell parents who are outraged it was pulled?


15 thoughts on “Katy Perry and Elmo Duet Pulled From Sesame Street Season Opener

  1. jonathan says:

    I think it’s not as good as Jason Mraz singing “Outdoors” with Elmo.

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  3. Brenna says:

    I think it is ok for Sesame Street to pull the video since Katy Perry didn’t use the best thoughts at being age-appropriate for teaching young children. She was trusted to teach an opposites lesson and she didn’t consider her target audience and what they would wear, how they would look. See my post on it on my site.

  4. Jenny says:

    I do think it is funny that no one thought it was inappropriate during any rehearsal, planning or the actual taping. 🙂 I do think they made the right call. It is Sesame Street for goodness sake.

    • henryjz says:

      Everyone’s sense of “appropriate” is different. Maybe because the outfit included skin-tone mesh up to her neck they didn’t think the cleavage a problem. They could’ve also thought that there really wasn’t that much cleavage. I’m just speculating.

  5. While I don’t think it was a great idea, I don’t think the outfit would bother any preschoolers. I’m not really sure they care as much about how much cleavage shows. I think the people who didn’t like the outfit were the parents. But Sesame Street knows that the reason preschoolers watch that show is because their parents have determined that it’s good for them and so allow it. The producers should consider the preschoolers in the content of the song, that’s what they remember, but realize that they have a dual audience. And if the cleavage makes the adults who are caregivers uncomfortable, they aren’t going to let the kids watch either.

  6. amy dolan says:

    maybe katy perry wasn’t the best choice for sesame street in the first place. maybe for parents, it had more to do with her reputation than her outfit. as is often true, the outfit is the easiest thing to blame.

    hmmm…how’s that for a little monday morning reflection…

    • henryjz says:

      What would be “the best choice” for Sesame Street? They’ve had many guests who probably weren’t “the best choice.” Why make a big deal about Katy Perry?

  7. Wayne Stocks says:

    It seems to me that the “big deal” is not in Sesame Street deciding not to go with the video but in the reaction to that decision. I say, Sesame Street made a decision based on their targeted audiences. As they said in their 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.”

    In an electronic age it seems to me that they have found a way to appease both groups. First, don’t include it in the wide TV release of the show to accommodate those who are offended by it, and two, allow it to stay up on the internet for those parents who feel their toddler really must watch Katy Perry to have a happy and fulfilled life. Given that both groups have essentially “gotten their way,” I’m not sure this particular event warrants any sort of outrage or response.

    • henryjz says:

      Thanks for those thoughts. Why do you think this got the attention it did?

      • Wayne Stocks says:

        I think people like a controversy. Most people in our society are slowly (or not so slowly) moving towards an entitlement mentality. I am entitled to watch and read and consume whatever I want, whenever I want, and no one should interfere with that. When an entity (like Sesame Street) reacts to feedback from its consumers and decides to scratch their initial plans, people who feel like they are “entitled to it” feel like their rights have been infringed upon. I think this focus on ourselves as the “center of the universe” has led to all kinds of cultural phenomena like this, like the idea of “demanding and apology,” like the idea that giving anything up for the common good constitutes censorship, and the idea of “victimless” sin. I’m done ranting now. 🙂

      • henryjz says:

        Ha! You’re much nicer in your rants that I am in mine 🙂

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