Sep 23, 2010

Big Bird

Channeling a risque Big Bird in her yellow corset, Katy Perry is causing an uproar over her Sesame Street appearance. The longstanding show begun introducing celebrity guest stars as a way to reintroduce the older crowd to their beloved childhood show and entertain parents tuning in with their kids. While Katy's guest spot was anticipated, parents are now in an uproar over her inappropriate outfit. With comments like, "my kid wants milk now" and "they're gonna have to rename it cleavage avenue" flooding the internet, it should come as no surprise that Sesame Street is pulling the clip.



In a statement released toady, Sesame Street producers say: "Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists. Sesame Street has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult. We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver. We also value our viewer's opinions and particularly those of parents. In light of the feedback we've received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on You Tube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers. Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on You Tube."

While Katy's outfit is inappropriate, I smell a publicity stunt. Sesame Street never gets this much press from their celebrity guest stars, and who better to stir up some controversy than Katy Perry? She's known for her revealing outfits and Sesame Street executives must have known this when booking her. If they wanted her in something more modest, it should have been in her contract. What do you think?

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