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Katy Perry Outfit Inappropriate For Sesame Street?

Updated on April 14, 2017

The Katy Perry / Elmo / Sesame Street Scandal!

A Katy Perry musical segment has been pulled from the children's show Sesame Street because of complaints that her outfit is too revealing for a program aimed at children aged between one and six.

Katy Perry performed a toned down version of her hit song Hot 'n' Cold, in a duet with Sesame Street's Elmo, wearing a yellow number with a plunging cleavage. It was later noted that the outfit also included an ice skater's style mesh top in a flesh-like colour.

Once the clip had been released for preview, the producers received complaints from (some) parents about how much Katy Perry was revealing, not only to Elmo, but also to the eyes of all those drooling preschoolers.

So, what do you think? Were the producers right in editing this clip out of Sesame Street, or have these preschoolers been witness to worse at your local Wal-Mart?

Katy Perry's Revealing Sesame Street Clip?

Here is the offending video clip starring Katy Perry along with Elmo. What's your take?

The Producers' Statement

Sesame Street Pulls Katy Perry Video

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 caregiver. We also value our viewers' 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.

The Katy Perry / Sesame Street Debate

Was it right to cut this segment from Sesame Street?

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Katy Perry's Outfit: Appropriate!

In the Blue Corner...

*Don't see anything wrong it it myself... She's wearing far more than some people do out on the streets. Pity they pulled it - I think it's really well done.

*Haha you serious? You can't see anything! Kids would see more walking down the street in summer than in this

*I've watched it. Seriously, what is wrong with the Sesame Street producers for pulling this? there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING sexual or revealling in this film clip.

*Seriously.... What child would be looking at her in that way... Don't know about everyone else but when I was watching Sesame Street I was watching it for Bert and Ernie or the letter of the day!!! Any child that is even able to comprehend what she is wearing could do an internet search and find a lot more revealing outfits of Katy Perry...

*From what I can see of that dress. it seems to be a lot like Tinkerbell's dress or The Little Mermaid's top.

Totally inappropriate. Elmo is completely naked. What were they thinking letting Elmo run around completely nude?

Katy Perry's Outfit: Inappropriate!

In the Red Corner...

*This is great news.The culture of children's TV is changing and I'm not liking it one little bit! Where are the cartoons we used to enjoy watching back in the day. Let children's TV just be for children, rather than celebrities just representing themselves!

*A wise decision. Why she or the producers of the clip thought her outfit was ever appropriate is beyond me, it's tv for young children, not adolescent males. I think that if they want to use her fine, but make sure she dresses appropriately next time. The sad thing is that there had to be complaints in the first place. Commonsense has been abandoned well and truly into today's society.

*Totally appropriate if you don't mind your kids dressing the same way when they play dress ups, or giggling together because they can see 'boobies'. Children's TV needs a swift kick up the backside - or more to the point, parents do because they are the ones allowing their kids to be 'dumbed down' and 'sexed up' by television.

*I'm the first to admit that I'm pretty open to women wearing clothing that reveals a bit of cleavage (as I do!), but that dress is showing just too much for a children's program!

*For goodness sake, this is a children's program! She even runs with her arms across her chest - just in case they jump out!

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    • Paul Ward profile image

      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      I like neither, but I defend her singing and her cleavage's right to be heard.

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      There is something hilarious about this, whilst at the same time, it is a real issue at hand that effects the future generations of the young. You've picked a good one Waxing-Lyrical. I think I may be a tad blunt for one of this nature.

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      AHERMITT LM 7 years ago

      Would have been a great way to get Dad to watch Sesame Street with the kids.

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      bsblmike2 7 years ago

      interesting lens to say the least

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Hey Rich...came back with some Angel Dust...and see you have some new Videos...also the top Twitter thing on here right now says response from Katy Perry :) Anyway...consider this blessed :)

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      Excellent lens, actually thought provoking. How do we protect the kids? and how much protection do they need? Very interesting responses.

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @WhitePineLane: ROFL! darn those naked monsters and giant yellow birds running amuck on Sesame Street!

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      I think Tinkerbell shows more skin than Katy in this appearance ~ I really don't get why the skit was pulled at all. My kids are well past the Sesame Street watching age nowadays, but I certainly wouldn't have complained about this skit at all, I thought it was a fun play on Katy's song. I can't help but wonder if the complaint has more to do with things other than her outfit.

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      WhitePineLane 7 years ago

      @KathyMcGraw2: That's me, the wise one. ;-)

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      @WhitePineLane: I loved that one, too.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      I love the comment from WhitePineLane who changed her mind about the initial use of the word "prude". I used it initial gut reaction...and not so sure if some of these people that complained aren't prudes but then again some aren't. Thank you WhitePineLane for that wise statement :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Excellent lens...but I don't see your response in the debate, do I?

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      drifter0658 lm 7 years ago

      To add to what WhitePineLane says...he also has some guy's know...just how perverted is that?

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      WhitePineLane 7 years ago

      I should also add that my favorite blurb is the one in the red box about it being inappropriate because Elmo's completely naked. Yeah! What about that?!? ;-D

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      WhitePineLane 7 years ago

      I LOVE the picture in the intro mod. Perfect! This is a good debate, and I feel sorry that I said "Gosh 'prudes'" in my response above. Just because you think the video should be pulled doesn't necessarily man you are prudish, and that was wrong of me. Great lens!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Okay this had completely passed me by! However it's a great debate lens and well constructed with some good thoughts on both sides. Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great debate lens. I have to admit I am not a fan of Sesame Street. Some of the things they teach kids are to me just wrong, like years ago when big bird was telling kids about how one of their friends had to see a psychiatrist. When I was 5 I don't think I had even heard the word, let alone knew what it was. There are too many adult innuendo comments on the show, and I have to say that the characters are incredibly annoying, especially Elmo, who I would love to use for target practice.

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Well, as a grandma of two little ones -- tho older than preschool - the outfit does not concern me nearly as much as the song! I could not understand the words! lol I am sure the children could. super subject for discussion!

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      I had to think really hard about this one, as I am against censoring. But you have to think about your audience when performing. I wish the duel could have a gray area, not just yes or no. But in the end, I had to go with the strongest feeling, which is that there is a right place for everything, and that was not the place.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great topic for a debate. I have to wonder how Katy might feel about herself, looking back, someday when she has children.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      nice duel about Katy Perry. With all the stuff she does, it seems weird that this video caused a stir! funny. I agree with what Deborah Bryan said. Little kids don't even think in sexual terms, they just streak around naked on a whim. Big adoo over nothing!

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      purplelady 7 years ago

      Much Ado About Nothing! Sometimes some parents censor the wrong things.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      As I said in the duel module, I wonder if these same parents turn off their televisions every time a Victoria's Secrets commercial comes on. Do they let their children go swimming at pools, water parks and beaches? Just saying...

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      Nice job with this lens..honestly people have to create a hoo hah out of everything.. hee hee..and take the innocence out of toddler programs

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      And did you hear that snide remark about it wasn't just the was that she "jingled" down the street....oh that was just too much for me! I agree I want to not see sexually suggestive things on a preschoolers broadcast...but I didn't see this as over the top.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Now who would have ever thought you'd get this lens idea out of you know where?

      Nice job.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      The page is interesting, sadly my browser didn't support the video in addition to the huge weight of the lens, so I couldn't check the video and, therefore, can't take part to the debate. I'll get back the day Squidoo would be lighter for both my computer and browser. Otherwise it's really interesting ;)


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