Earlier this week, I stumbled across the kind of YouTube video
that makes my heart happy. No, not the little kid parallel parking. This was pop star
Katy Perry's recorded segment for Sesame Street, in which she
performs a reworded version of her hit "Hot N Cold" with Elmo, who
is being a fickle playdate:
There's nothing I love more than a good parody, and apparently I
wasn't the only one who felt that way. The clip got more than a
million hits on YouTube in its first few days.
And then the complaints started pouring in. The celebrity news
channel TMZ reported a few of the comments from
TMZ reported today that the show's producers have axed the
Supporters have pointed out that the dress actually inclues a
mesh-colored bodice that goes up to Perry's neck, which is beside
the point. It looks like she's not wearing anything, and yes, you
really shouldn't be baring that much cleavage within 10 city blocks
of Sesame Street.
But this is Katy Perry. The chorus of her breakout hit is: "I
kissed a girl. And I liked it." She's not Mr. Rogers, and I'm not
sure that's a bad thing. Slightly off-color wardrobe choices aside,
I thought she pulled off the segment well, and the more culturally
relevant shows like Sesame Street can stay, the longer they'll hold
kids attention, and the more strongly their educational messages
will come through.
And it's not like children's entertainment is a stranger to
skimpy outfits. Remember Ariel's clamshell bikini? If I left my
parents' house dressed like almost any Disney princess since the
mid-80s, I would have been strongly encouraged to
Anyway, Katy Perry won't be making her Sesame Street debut
anytime soon. But at least the clip lives on in YouTube fame. And
we always have that little kid parallel parking. God bless the
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