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Katy Perry vs. Sesame Street?

Here's the story, if you didn't hear:

Katy Perry made this video with Elmo for Sesame Street...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHROHJlU_Ng

It was posted on You Tube and a day later, after complaints, Sesame Street took it down and won't air it.  Parents were complaining that Katy's outfit was too revealing and that it was inappropriate. 

I think it's a pretty big over-reaction by potentially a few parents.  What do you think?

Tags: controversy, sesame-street

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I saw a woman walking through the grocery store breast feeding today (which there is nothing wrong with that) ... so, I definitely didn't see anything wrong with Katy's outfit...
I think that people who raise a stink about something like this clearly don't have enough real problems in their lives and/or have too much idle time.

I really wish people would get the fuck over themselves.
I have no issue with it. In fact, Smudge watched it online last night. Of course, I like a low cut top myself, so I live in a glass house.
If her outfit is inappropriate for children to see, then CPS should just remove my kids right now, as half my wardrobe is at least as cleavage baring as that.
Whatever. People should get something to care about. Like this:

http://theclicker.todayshow.com/_news/2010/09/23/5166129-sesame-str...

Vampires (Grouches)! But of course, The Count IS a vampire, but now he must be evil!
ok, i have no problem with the dress itself, but think about it this way: we can't really expect young girls to NOT want to dress like that (and i think we can all pretty much agree that a corset with a very low sweetheart neckline is inappropriate for a 4yo to wear) when a popular singer is "playing dress up" in that get up. so, while i don't quite have enough of a problem with it to make a big deal about it, i could see how it might be potentially problematic for some parents. one thing i like about programming for pre-schoolers is the lack of sexy. calliou's mom looks normal, that chick with the guitar from noggin wears a crew-neck or higher, children are not getting bombarded with sexy images from the screen. now, Katy perry's dress was AWESOME but sexy. maybe too sexy for sesame street. i mean, what would be wrong to have put her in a sailor's outfit with a boat neck? or a square neck? did it barely have to cover her nips?

i also think it is different when we lounge around in our bras or whatever in front of our kids. we aren't being "sexy". we are usually hot and/or out of clean clothes (at least it's like that over here). there is a difference between teaching our kids about being comfortable with their bodies and sexy.

but, maybe i'm just a voice of dissent.
My biggest issue with it is the thing she's wearing on her head. I don't have girls but if I did I'd be disturbed if they wanted to wear something like that. :P

I hear you, though, Andromeda. Probably parents notice it way more than kids but seriously ... why would they put her in that dress anyway?
I watched only the first bit of this and with the sound off so I have nothing to say about its educational content, although it did make me think of that "Teleboobies" Brazilian kids' show from the Simpsons.

I have so much less angst over videos featuring Katy Perry's breasts than I do over videos showing violence.
ugh. as soon as i saw it was jenny mccarthy, i closed it.

John T. Capp said:
p.s. Elmo can also help you learn how to be Barbie from actual Playboy Playmates!

John T. Capp said:
No problem with the dress. Problem with Sesame Street having Katy Perry on. Seriously. This is the show that used to have guests like Itzhak Perlman who taught important lessons. Now it's mass produced commercial crap like Katy Perry teaching nothing at all. It's all entertainment/motion/noise, etc. Sign of the times. (Also, this jibes with the whole Neil Postman theory that kids are being turned into consumers at a much younger age today than they were decades ago. It's not about education so much as it's about initiation into a world where price tags are hanging on everything and marketing reigns.) Tickle me, Elmo. Just don't challenge me.
Why? What's wrong with Jenny McCarthy?

;)

Andromeda said:
ugh. as soon as i saw it was jenny mccarthy, i closed it.
But Jenny helped cure autism

John T. Capp said:
p.s. Elmo can also help you learn how to be Barbie from actual Playboy Playmates!
John T. Capp said:
No problem with the dress. Problem with Sesame Street having Katy Perry on. Seriously. This is the show that used to have guests like Itzhak Perlman who taught important lessons. Now it's mass produced commercial crap like Katy Perry teaching nothing at all. It's all entertainment/motion/noise, etc. Sign of the times. (Also, this jibes with the whole Neil Postman theory that kids are being turned into consumers at a much younger age today than they were decades ago. It's not about education so much as it's about initiation into a world where price tags are hanging on everything and marketing reigns.) Tickle me, Elmo. Just don't challenge me.
Not much, if the sound is off.

Daddy Geek Boy said:
Why? What's wrong with Jenny McCarthy?

;)

Andromeda said:
ugh. as soon as i saw it was jenny mccarthy, i closed it.

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