Katy Perry Cut from Sesame Street

Some call it controversy… I call it a good decision.

Katy Perry had what Sesame Street called a “play date” with Elmo where she was going to sing her song Hot N’ Cold with the little guy. But Sesame Street made a judgment call: Katy’s dress was too revealing.

Wow. Someone finally takes a stand. Pinch me. Am I dreaming?

Funny… the dress isn’t that revealing, but I can think of about 100 other reasons why I think Katy shouldn’t be on Sesame Street (my thoughts on Katy as a role model here), so I’m not complaining.

I find it funny the way some people in the press are describing Katy. This article contends (emphasis mine), Katy Perry is wholesome enough as modern pop stars go, showing a little skin in her videos and filling hits songs like “I Kissed a Girl,” “California Gurls” and the current “Teenage Dream” with mild sexual innuendo rather than upfont crudity and profanity. But her party-girl persona – or at least her plunging neckline – is apparently too racy for “Sesame Street.”

Sorry… I have to get up off the floor. I fell off my chair laughing. Has this reporter seen Katy’s videos? I’m not sure what crudity is in his dictionary, but what do you call whipped cream cans for breasts squirting all over the place? Or the hand gesture she makes during the words “melt your popsicle” in her California Gurls video? Or, for those of you brave enough, go ahead and click on the music video for “Teenage Dream” and watch it for just 30 seconds between the 2:00 and 2:30 mark. “Mild sexual innuendo,” eh?

It’s a fact. The world’s standards are different than ours.

This interesting CBS video of The Early Show casts some light on the decision making as The Early Show anchors chat with both Elmo and Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of Sesame Street.

Katy responded to being “cut” by tweeting: “Wow, looks like my play date with Elmo hs been cut short! If you still wanna play see it at www.KatyPerry.com…”

Katy’s fiance’, actually made a funny. He tweeted, “Today’s Sesame Street will NOT be brought to you by the number 34 or the letter D.”

So Katy and Russell will not hurt at all from the publicity from this incident.

(ht to Todd)

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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One Response to Katy Perry Cut from Sesame Street

  1. Patrick Garrett says:

    umm, innuendo. No, she does not have any innueando in her music or videos.
    She has explicit sexuality in her videos. Thank you Jon for letting us know what she’s doing out there — I am glad they pulled her as I have a three year old at home and, if Katy came on whil my daughter was watching Sesame Street, that would be when I shut off the TV!