We weren't very pleased when Sesame Street put Cookie Monster on a diet a few years back, and now da Street is turning our smiles upside down again. This time, for pulling a perfectly cute segment featuring Katy Perry and Elmo doing a riff on Perry's hit Hot N Cold.
Before we evaluated the clip in question, we wondered it was a case of the risque Perry pushing the envelope a bit too far for the pre-school set. Maybe she was humping Elmo or something.
But no. We watched the video, and all we saw was a cute, colorful skit featuring Perry in a veil and a Kermit-green bustier. Apparently the bustier was too revealing. After receiving negative feedback on a YouTube clip of the segment, the show decided it wouldn't be aired, according to an Associated Press story.
Really? It's not like Perry's bazooms were threatening to burst out like cannon fire and scar America's children for life. We're disappointed in Sesame Street, because they've always been a progressive show, and not known for caving in to the over-reaction of puritanical forces.
Not to mention, there might even be a little hypocrisy at work here. Kermit, Big Bird and the monsters walk the Street in the nude. And anyone remember a saucy minx named Miss Piggy? (Granted, she was on The Muppets, not Sesame Street, but she was a Jim Henson creation.) Her clothes were even more revealing than Perry's getup. Judge for yourself; we've posted the photos, at right.
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