So yesterday I was browsing my favorite news source, The Week, and ran across this cute video of Katy Perry singing “Hot and Cold” with Elmo. I thought it was so cute, bubbly and fun that I emailed it to my husband and told him that our daughter was going to love it. I couldn’t wait for the new season of Sesame Street to start next week.
Then less than four hours after I sent the link and my excited endorsement to my husband, the excrement hit the fan. Apparently, some parents were outraged (outraged!) at Katy’s low cut top.
Honestly, I never noticed her top. All I saw was her running around trying to get Elmo to play dress-up with her. And I guarantee you, when my daughter watches the video (saved to my YouTube favorites — assuming, of course, it hasn’t been pulled down yet), she won’t see what Katy is wearing, nor will she register it subliminally. ALL she will see is Elmo. That is all any kid will see.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the least bit prudish. There are many instances in which I think American moms get their panties in a bunch when they just need to chill. I think we are raising a generation of sheltered pansies. That’s just me. I know people disagree with me. That’s fine. They’re entitled.
I understand why Sesame Street pulled it. PBS is a public station that depends on donations for its survival. It needs to support of the Mini-Van Majority. I get it. I totally get it.
But I still don’t get why the video bothered people in the first place. Well… Until I read a lot of comments and saw that many of the women who called and emailed to complain about Katy Perry’s attire admitted they didn’t even watch the video. Classic. Typical.
And don’t even get me started on the hypocrisy of lambasting Katy Perry for her attire when none of these parents are complaining about the fact that Sesame Street is still running the segments with Kobi Bryant (rapist… allegedly) and Brenden Fraiser (wife beater… allegedly) and John Mayer (a-hole… Confirmed). Apparently, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander.
The interesting thing is, tonight I also found out that Sesame Street is doing a True Blood spoof this season. Since my FB query was too long for the status bar, I paste it here for your consideration:
So is this okay?:
Trying to figure out where the line is. I don’t know many preschoolers who watch True Blood. And, you know, Sooki dresses a little hookie.
I love True Blood, but it’s not exactly Sesame Street fodder. I have no problem with it, but I also didn’t have any problem with the fun Katy Perry video.
Are the same parents who got their panties in a bunch over cleavage going to make angry calls before this airs? Or is it okay cuz they’re puppets?
Just curious. Thoughts?
Posted from my iPhone, so please forgive any ducking typos.