Considering how many albums she has sold and how many weeks she spent at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, just about everybody wants to be associated with Katy Perry and her new album Teenage Dream. Or rather, everybody but the Children’s Television Workshop, who decided to pull Perry’s appearance on the show that was scheduled to air later this season. After video of Perry’s sketch circulated online, the “Sesame Street” producers decided not to air the segment on television. The piece in question teamed Perry up with Elmo for a version of the singer’s “Hot N’ Cold.” In a statement, the producers of “Sesame Street” said, “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. Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on YouTube.”
While Perry’s outfit in the “Sesame Street” segment does show the singer’s cleavage, it doesn’t seem all that alarming (and certainly no more alarming than Perry’s lyrics on “California Gurls,” which no doubt those same preschoolers sing along to when it comes on the radio in the car). “Sesame Street” has a history of featuring stars who don’t necessarily have a family-friendly appeal, including stars like Usher (often shirtless), Red Hot Chili Peppers (often pantsless) and Tyra Banks (often shameless). Plus, the whole conceit of the Perry sketch with Elmo is that Perry wants to play dress-up, suggesting that she’s not even in her normal clothes. Perry’s new Elmo-ized version of “Hot N Cold” is pretty great, and it delivers a fun message about being fickle, and it’s a bummer that she’ll be branded as “the girl who was too sexy for ’Sesame Street.'”
What do you think of Katy Perry’s “Sesame Street” appearance? Was it too sexy? Let us know in the comments!