The letter of the day is C over on Sesame Street. And it stands for cleavage.
Preacher’s-daughter-turned-sexy-pop-star Katy Perry was slated to appear on the long-running PBS children’s show singing a kid friendly version of her hit Hot N Cold with Elmo, but it got pulled after parents freaked out over Perry’s cleavage-bearing dress.
Well, that pretty much proves that dads are NOT the ones watching Sesame Street with their children these days.
How did these pro-turtleneck parents even find out about this boobalicious episode anyway? Well, earlier this week, a clip leaked on YouTube, where nearly a million people have viewed it. Some didn’t think it was such a big deal. But those that did were loud and clear.
“They’re gonna have to rename it Cleavage Avenue,” complained one peeved parent, probably secretly pleased they could be so clever.
Sesame Street, never one to rock the boat, issued a statement to UsMagazine.com, siding with the angry anti-boob viewers:
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 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.
It’s not like the kids watching this show haven’t seen boobs before. Frankly, if parents are doing their job, they’ve hopefully seen plenty of cleav in their lives. What’s baffling about this is that Sesame Street has had way weirder and more controversial people on the show in the past. Um, Ice-T, rapper of Cop Killer fame. Or Cheech Marin, pot smoking aficionado. Anyone? Even everyone’s favorite sex-addicted cougar from Sex and the City, Kim Cattrall, came and went with out ruffling a single yellow feather.
Perry and her peeps haven’t released a statement in reaction to this way-blown-out-of-proportion incident. I just watched it and think it’s truly adorable. What do you think?