Katy Perry Saturday Night Live buzz isn’t just about her music. Katy Perry’s Saturday Night Live appearance became a happy accident, as Perry’s gig had a brand new hook. Thanks to a certain banned appearance on Sesame Street, the show had a brand new way to use her. Although her appearance was considered inappropriate for Sesame Street, it is exactly what SNL is looking for. In a premiere with David Paterson, Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Perry still has buzz for obvious reasons.
Having a large chest has hardly stopped Perry during her rise through the pop star ranks. But according to Sesame Street, there is a time and a place for her to show off her assets, and Elmo does not belong in that place. However, the image of Elmo was linked even closer to her this weekend.
The Katy Perry Saturday Night Live sketch not only revealed more of her chest, but had it shown off in an Elmo-themed blouse. But in this case, she appeared as a developing teen in the show’s recurring “Bronx Beat” bit, instead of singing to Elmo himself.
Of course, having this sort of parody ensures that the original “controversy” won’t go away soon. Although the Saturday Night Live parody laughed off her recent troubles, being labeled inappropriate for Sesame Street is still hard to erase.
When she appeared on Sesame Street, her chest was still covered, albeit in see-through mesh. The Saturday Night Live exposure clearly showed that it could have been much more revealing. Of course, the show had to exaggerate it for comedic effect — and show that it doesn’t need to be exaggerated by that much. Of course, that was the exact problem for Sesame Street.
Having an entertainer’s breasts as the subject of controversy — and the center of debate on the right time and place to show them — is nothing new. When Janet Jackson was uncovered for a second on the Super Bowl, it triggered a massive fallout. However, since the Super Bowl halftime show often has revealing outfits and sells on sex appeal, there was room to call it hypocritical.
Showing that kind of skin on Sesame Street is considered even more of a no-no, even if it was tame by Perry’s standards. But as the response to Katy Perry’s appearance on Saturday Night Live showed, the aftermath wasn’t all bad for her. She got to play off her new headlines and work with both comedy and music on Saturday, and her original Sesame Street sketch is still available online.
Despite her new, unique brand of infamy, she is still among the biggest musical stars around, especially after this summer. Now that the Katy Perry Saturday Night Live clip has made it viral, the positive buzz over this incident may start outweighing the negative.
NBC.com- “Saturday Night Live – Bronx Beat”