Sesame Street has been a favorite of preschoolers and adults for over 41 years. Millions of Americans as well as people around the world have grown up with beloved characters such as Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert, Ernie, and the wildly popular Elmo. Sesame Street as a brand has spanned generations as well as cultures.
Toys, books, stage productions, videos, and educational programs have made Sesame Street a source for quality learning tools for children of all ages. Sesame Street is one of the most loved and trusted children’s educational sources in the world.
Over its four decade run, Sesame Street has had countless amounts of guests appear with the puppet creatures. Appearing on Sesame Street has now become a rite of passage for A-list celebrities, singers, and actors. An appearance on Sesame Street will solidify one’s career.
Singer Katy Perry now wants to join the list of celebrities leaving their mark on Sesame Street. Perry, who is currently on the top 10 music charts, has been a staple in popular music since her breakout hit, “I Kissed a Girl”. Several million record sales later, Katy Perry is ready to make her appearance on Sesame Street. Her star power will never be seen on the small screen.
Sesame Workshop, the producers of Sesame Street have decided to pull the segment with Perry and Elmo doing a parody of her chart topping “Hot n Cold”. After call from parents, Sesame Workshop decided to pull the segment from the 41st season premier of Sesame Street. The company goal is to go after “younger parents who may not have grown up with ‘Sesame Street'”, stated Carol-Lynn Parente, PBS children’s show executive.
Sesame Street has pulled special appearances in the past for a stars action. R&B artist Chris Brown had a segment due to air, but his pending legal issues over a domestic violence charge forced the network to cancel.
The concern with the scheduled Katy Perry appearance was the dress she was going to wear was too revealing. Sesame Street executive said they would never air anything deemed “inappropriate”.
The problem with the Katy Perry appearance is Sesame Street is planning on airing another parody. This time the subject matter is worse. Sesame Street is planning on a show mocking the popular “True Blood” series with its own version called True Mud.
So the Sesame Street which holds educational value for millions of children is willing to allow a parody of a TV-MA show about vampires and death, but not a low lying dress?