A Katy Perry Sesame Street cameo has already leaked on online. Yet the Katy Perry Sesame Street appearance will be stuck there, as Katy Perry’s Sesame Street duet with Elmo was labeled “Too Hot For TV.” The long-running classic has never been called inappropriate for children, although the appearance of their pop star guest was alleged to be an exception. However, she didn’t say or sing anything inappropriate in front of Elmo, or the Children’s Television Workshop. Instead, the Katy Perry Sesame Street cameo was pulled because of her famous chest being exposed too much.
Originally, Perry was slated to have her appearance on the show air on New Year’s Eve, although the clip premiered on the Internet this week. In it, she and Elmo sing a takeoff of her hit song “Hot N Cold,” only reworked for the Sesame Street audience. However, her song was not what made Internet users and parents upset.
The Katy Perry Sesame Street clip got criticized, and eventually pulled, because she was said to show too much cleavage. Given her proportions, she frequently has parts of her chest exposed, yet it was judged to be inappropriate for this show’s demographic. As such, the show’s website has pulled the clip, and will not air the segment on the New Year’s Eve episode.
Despite cutting the segment for television, the Katy Perry Sesame Street cameo is still on YouTube. Others who have seen it point out that Perry is wearing a flesh colored mesh over her upper chest. Yet since it still shows the tops of her two body parts, many parents couldn’t tell the difference, or did not care if they did.
Although Perry has been criticized in some circles for her dress style, and the lesbian-themed content in some of her songs, she hasn’t been considered too risqué for television. In fact, after the massive success of “California Gurls” this summer, she has been more in demand than ever. Once the Katy Perry Sesame Street appearance was booked, it seemed to be another sign that she had made it big.
Instead, she seems to have made people offended by Sesame Street, which is among the rarest things in the world to do. Although she wasn’t technically letting her chest hang out, the appearance of it got her in trouble.
The recent incident between Ines Sainz and the New York Jets has spawned a new debate over how professional, and how revealing, women should look at work. Strangely, the Katy Perry Sesame Street clip may fall under that same debate, although Elmo, Big Bird and company likely have more restraint than the Jets.
As for Katy Perry, Sesame Street may not like her look, but Saturday Night Live likely won’t mind it, as she sings on their season premiere this Saturday.
YouTube- “Sesame Street – Elmo and Katy Perry sing Hot and Cold”
TMZ- “Katy Perry’s Honkers – Too Hot for Sesame Street”