Katy Perry’s risqué dress for her “Sesame Street” appearance has caused quite a stir amongst parents. Executives at PBS have pulled the clip, according to the Zeitgeisty Report and NPR. You can still see the actual clip on NPR and YouTube on Katy Perry’s channel, according to PBS officials.
Comments on the original YouTube posting of the video had parents complaining of too much cleavage coming out of Perry’s dress. While that may be normal attire for the songstress, her dress is not necessarily the same standard for the Children’s Television Workshop or PBS. Since “Sesame Street” is geared for preschool-age children and not teenagers, then many parents can sigh with relief.
Other controversies have erupted on television when risqué acts or clothing have been onscreen. Usually “Sesame Street” only has controversy about Cookie Monster’s diet or Elmo’s grammar. Here are other risqué moments on recent bouts of television.
Adam Lambert’s male-on-male kiss on “American Idol” was blurred out the following morning on the “CBS Early Show,” upon which he was scheduled to appear. Lambert downplayed the kiss as just in-the-moment and spontaneous, according to the New York Daily News.
CBS defended its blurring of his kiss but not others, which Lambert objected to. Apparently a male-on-male kiss is worse than Britney Spears kissing Madonna.
Britney Spears and Madonna
Speaking of Britney Spears and Madonna, the 2003 MTV “Video Movie Awards” was overshadowed by Madonna planting a kiss on Spears and Christina Aguilera in one night. The day after it was all that anyone on television and the web could talk about.
Lambert’s point about his kiss versus the VMAs was well-taken. No one blurred out the kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears, and it was perhaps hypocritical of society that a female-on-female kiss was given a different priority.
Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress
Lady Gaga claims to Pop Eater that her meat dress was a statement about gay rights. On the 2010 MTV “Video Movie Awards,” the controversial singer was on the cutting-edge of fashion quite literally when she accepted one of her eight awards wearing nothing but meat.
The following morning she was on Ellen, who is a vegetarian, and ended up wearing a kale bikini. Gaga told gay rights supporters in Maine that equal rights are the prime rib in America, and because she’s gay she can’t have her cut of the meat. It confused everyone, but her meat dress still made a statement.
Katy Perry’s appearance on “Sesame Street” could have been done 10 million different ways. If she truly has singing talent, why does she have to show her breasts or cleavage to preschoolers? It almost sounds like she was trying to get more adults to watch “Sesame Street” who don’t even have children. Does “Sesame Street” need ratings that badly?
Zeitgeisty Report, NPR, New York Daily News, MTV, and Pop Eater contributed information for this article.