The AJC posted yesterday a viral video from Katy Perry and the good people at Sesame Street. Perry recreated her song “Hot N Cold” to make it very appropriate for kids. The song is rewritten to highlight opposites – in and out, hot and cold. She and Elmo were supposed to play dress up but then Elmo changes his mind. The lyrics are adorable and Katy and Elmo are precious together.
However, she should have taken about five more minutes to work on her costume.
The very first thing I thought yesterday when I watched the video was holy cow, her dress is showing too much cleavage for this show. Now if you look closely you can see the dress is sheer mesh and extends up to her neck but that doesn’t really matter. The cups are molded and low cut and you can definitely see cleavage.
So now AP and TMZ (because I always read quality news) is reporting that Sesame Street will not air it as it planned because of the cleavage controversy.
“ Among the parental comments:
– ‘You can practically see her t*ts. That’s some wonderful children’s programming.’
– ‘they’re gonna have to rename it cleavage avenue’
– ‘my kid wants milk now’ “
I have noticed on the PBS channel, the lady who wears a purply/hot pink top and introduces the different shows, has like a band sewn in the center of the shirt to make sure her cleavage is covered. You see camisoles all the time on the Food Network so when the cooks lean over you don’t see down their tops.
Lilina loved the video and watched it five times in my lap. Walsh watched it later that night and also loved it. He wasn’t focused on Katy’s breasts at all but instead liked all the little guys that popped up on the set as she ran by. (Lilina just ran in here to see the video when she heard me trying to load it! She’s now in my lap patiently waiting to watch the video!)
So are parents too sensitive to the subject of cleavage? Are we the only ones fixated on Katy’s breasts? If the kids don’t even notice should we care? Should Sesame Street pull the show? I can understand if Katy wasn’t sensitive to the issue (the dress is demure compared to her normal standards) but shouldn’t Sesame Street have said something before they started shooting?