Are parents the only ones who care about Katy Perry’s boobs on Sesame Street?

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.

TMZ reports:

“ 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?

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Peter Pan

September 23rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Isn’t that Tinkerbell’s dress? Somebody call call Disney, too.

Seriously, I’m a man and watched it with my two year-old, and even I didn’t notice them (and as a man, I tend to notice that part of the female anatomy).

FYI, there were also people complaining about Will.I.Am’s Sesame Street video because he wasn’t smiling enough. I think some parents just like to complain, and enjoy the extra credence their complaints get “as a parent.”

LM

September 23rd, 2010
12:17 pm

Really???

If you don’t want your children to watch the video, then don’t let them watch the video. It is a very cute video and Katy does some very cute expressions.

You see more “stuff” at the swimming pool, but maybe that is why we have lost our moral compas because we don’t think it is a big deal.

Kate

September 23rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Honestly, I don’t think the segment is terrible. Although her outfit really isn’t appropriate for the show, Katy Perry isn’t especially busty so I can see how most kids wouldn’t even notice it.

Seriously

September 23rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Seriously?

People have way too much time on their hands to complain about a whole lot of nothing.

Elmo wasnt wearing any clothes, should we complain about that too?

JOD

September 23rd, 2010
12:22 pm

I thought the video was absolutely adorable, but admit I was a little surprised at her dress (yes, I did notice it, and I bet my husband would have, too!). She did a great job hamming it up for the kids, and I think my 2 year old would like the video for the song, the colors, and, of course, Elmo. Is it enough to complain, no, but a little surprising given the usual clothing you see on the Street.

DB

September 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

Well — Elmo isn’t wearing ANYTHING . . . and no one is upset about THAT.

Why does everything think that this is Katie’s idea of a costume? I’m sure the costume was provided by Sesame Street.

*hehehe*

DB

September 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

@Oops, soory, JOD, you and I had the same comment about Elmo! Yours hadn’t shown up when I started writing.!

Mark

September 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

Like my kids will remember any of that when they grow up…

Like anyone that isnt complaining is gonna remember any of that in 2 weeks.

as said above.. .if you wanna see “STUFF” there are better places than this video.

Complainers are a good for nothing but a good laugh..

DB

September 23rd, 2010
12:27 pm

I give up — too distracted today — the above comment was meant for “seriously” not “JOD” . . .

Stacy

September 23rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Cute video.. its a shame a few people can complain and get something nice like that taken down. Its not like she fell out of her dress at any point. she did a good job and hopefully this wont stop other entertainers from coming down to SS and doing appearances.

unknown

September 23rd, 2010
12:36 pm

Sounds like some (overly) jealous women took offense to Katy being different than they are… thats too bad… for them.

JJ

September 23rd, 2010
12:36 pm

Well Bert & Ernie have been living together since they started Sesame Street and no one worries about them being gay.

Katy Perry, although I do not care for her, is for the most part, covered up. Like an other poster said, you see more at the swimming pool, than this video.

I don’t really think 2 year olds are looking at her bust…..

Nadia74

September 23rd, 2010
12:39 pm

I shared the video on Facebook yesterday, before it was announced that it would not be airing. I thought it was goofy and cute.

Parents expect Katy to be sexy, so that is what they no matter how she is dressed. I specifically remembered another singer on the show from when my kids were still watching Sesame Street, so I looked that up…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZFmNJjv1LM

Katy Perry was not the first one to show a little cleavage on Sesame Street. Why is this woman’s cleavage okay?

I am disappointed in people.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Nadia — she is heaving out of that dress on your clip — you are right. holymoly. wow. Katy should present that as her counter case to have it shown!! good work!!

TechMom

September 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

If her boobs were falling out I MIGHT be able to understand the comments but I really don’t see anything wrong with it. I am a little surprised that she was allowed to start filming if they thought it would be inappropriate which means they didn’t think it was that bad either. And according to the lyrics they’re “dress up clothes” so it’s not like the lyrics are implying you should dress that way every day!

If they do air the show, I’ll bet it gets the highest ratings ever- think of all the people who will set their DVRs for SS that day! Of course the YouTube videos will likely get hundreds of thousands of hits this week too due to all the publicity.

Lady Strange

September 23rd, 2010
12:59 pm

Haven’t seen it but I am sure it’s nothing worse than your kids might see at the local mall or store. Heck, you see people busting out of their clothes at the grocery store.

YUKI

September 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

I watched it yesterday on You Tube before this story came out about them not airing it. I thought it was really cute. I will say that I did notice her outfit and remember thinking it seemed a little “risky” for Sesame Street. I’m no prude but it seems like she could have maybe worn something a little more appropriate. I would still let my son watch it, though. And, I’m sure my husband would love it too!

penguinmom

September 23rd, 2010
1:38 pm

I think some of it may be a reaction to her work in general.

I actually think this outfit is a little worse than the opera singer. Perry’s showed a significant amount more skin. The opera singer was covered except for the neck and bosom area. Perry’s is also a very short skirt. Also, the opera singer started out in a t-shirt so the whole segment wasn’t done in the outfit. I actually don’t have a problem with a little cleavage, it’s the outfit as a whole.

To me, the bottom line is, how hard would it have been for her to come up with something slightly less revealing? One of those little jackets or sweaters on top of the outfit probably would have made the whole thing a non-issue. When you are going on a children’s show, you should be at least slightly more cognizant what image you are projecting. Sesame street is not the time to wear your cute little sexy outfit. That is, unless you intent is to provoke a strong reaction.

LM

September 23rd, 2010
1:42 pm

As another poster pointed out it is about dress up and the outfit has a cape like a superhero, thinking WonderWoman.

The difference in the video Nadia...

September 23rd, 2010
1:51 pm

…supplied and the Katy Perry video is that opera is acceptable and pop music is taboo…carry-on…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 23rd, 2010
1:54 pm

the pointy boobs do a look a little wonder woman — another good observation.

JATL

September 23rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Good lord! If you think 3 and 4 year olds are looking at her cleavage, then YOU have the problem. That’s one of the sillier things I’ve heard. Have your kids been to the beach? The pool? The lake? Out at a grocery store or mall during hot weather? Cleavage shouldn’t really be a problem, plus -it’s EVERYWHERE.

Wayne

September 23rd, 2010
2:07 pm

Hmm… I’m just thinking about the puppeteer and what s/he was seeing… Just sayin’

I didn’t see much of a problem with her outfit and I haven’t seen the video yet – Can’t see youtube at work. As has already been mentioned, if SS didn’t have an issue with it…

Actually, I thought the pointy...

September 23rd, 2010
2:13 pm

…boob thingy was the main issue since it reminded me of a Madonna video – then I read the responses and had to go back to the video to see what the cleavage fuss involved – not much cleavage there, to me, that is the problem…

JJ

September 23rd, 2010
3:48 pm

Could we possibly get an “Adult” topic tomorrow? No homework, no sesame street, no potty training…..maybe something fun…….

Wayne

September 23rd, 2010
3:55 pm

“maybe something fun” I was going to write something pithy about “boobs”, “looking” and “how you feel”, but thought I might avoid that one as I’ll probably get in trouble.

Caycee

September 23rd, 2010
4:00 pm

I agree JJ….I as well as a lot of others are getting pretty bored with this blog it seems. Think I only checked 3-4 times in the last few weeks and nothings changed. There’s much more interesting stuff to blog about IMO.

Wayne

September 23rd, 2010
4:10 pm

I dunno, some of the other blogs I lurk on aren’t getting a lot of traffic on them either. Perhaps with school starting, and fall coming along with cooler weather, folks are doing other things?

SRH

September 23rd, 2010
4:29 pm

Are you kididng me? This almost seems like a joke. How can ANYONE take offense at this – unbelievable. It’s a cute video.

TechMom

September 23rd, 2010
4:43 pm

Does anyone else think this ‘costume’ looks a little like ice skaters’ costumes? Especially with the flesh-toned mesh at the top?

catlady

September 23rd, 2010
7:02 pm

Sexualized Sesame Street! Jim Henson is spinning! And who is Katie Perry?!?

Bethany C

September 23rd, 2010
8:36 pm

Boobs? What boobs? Don’t there have to be some before you can see them? Anyways, my little ones liked the video and was mad that I scrolled down to read the article. They were more interested in Elmo than Katie Perry…

Just my experience…

Bethany (Mommy Rantings – http://www.imnotnagging.blogspot.com)

Elmo

September 23rd, 2010
11:16 pm

I have fur so I do not need clothes… you people are just silly

Fred

September 24th, 2010
12:11 am

This is just silly. I’ll try to put tghis as delicately as I can:

That woman ain’t got breasts big enough to even HAVE cleavage. If it weren’t for a Wonder Bra, none of would even know she HAS boobs. What’s gonna be next? Barney is a tool of the devil? Oh wait, that’s already been done…………

TGW: Did you really waste our time with this or am I in a trance? JK. I had read about this somewhere else and since you had the video, I watched about 20 seconds of it, enough to see the “wardrobe malfunction.”

Just damn.

Fred

September 24th, 2010
12:14 am

Dang, I mean TWG, not TGW. I really suck at getting hyphenated people right………..

Katherine

September 24th, 2010
7:02 am

Come on people… As far as I can tell the issue here is not that people are being ‘prudes’. The issue is trying to figure out why exactly Katy and the makers of Sesame St. would specifically pick a low cut dress for a segment of a children’s program. I know that Katy is a busty girl, and I understand that it’s kind of her thing to have the ‘twins’ on display 24/7… But honestly, what kind of a person feels the need to bare that amount of cleavage when they are meant to be entertaining little kids? I understand that kids see more than that in normal everyday situations such as going to the beach or the pool, but the difference is the ladies at the beach in their string bikinis did not dress themselves with the intent of entertaining other peoples children. I don’t even have children yet, and I am younger than Katy, but I still find her taste level and judgment to be appalling. Does anyone remember that silver number she wore at the kids choice awards? To me that was truly shocking. I wonder why Sesame St. would even book a singer with such tawdry lyrics. Surely there was someone available who’s break out hit was not about pretending to be bisexual to garner more attention from men, no?

You've gotta be kidding me!

September 24th, 2010
8:48 am

Really! Seriously!?! Really! Kids do not pay attention to women’s boobs. They see them all the time. They stick their hands up women’s shirts, tap, and fondle them pretty often at the Sesame Street age on a regular basis. I am so tired of a certain height child reaching up to tap to get a grown up’s attention and can’t reach the shoulder so right there are the boobs. One can get really tired of being touched and accidentally pinched when they sit your lap for the all important story and TV time. If you are watching this show and participating how should with your child they are probably nestled in your lap rubbing the back of their head all over one’s cleavage and pointing at the opposites in the room. Big fat Whoop-de-do!!!

I really like the 1950s throwback dress. It was very stylish then to have slightly pointed look to their dresses. Go back and watch Leave It to Beaver or the Shirley temple Show. Women wore ball gowns with a little cleavage and that pointy look all the time for kids shows. I really hate that some people want women to look like men to be “decent”.

I love that Sesame Street is able to have popular singers and songs on their shows. REM has some of my fav Sesame Street songs and while your complaining what about the flamboyant Little Richard children’s CD. Love his version of Itsy Bitsy Spider. Young kids don’t know or care about all this other crap that adults are dumping on to the singer. If you take this at face value like your child it is fun and cute plus a good beat. Let the child be a child and stay out of this grown up world.

Kids who are old enough to buy and listen to the real Katy Perry have already or are about to see way more “cleavage” and “Leg” than this dress shows. No 10 yr old that I know is watching this show and thinking about boobs if they are that is sad that they have been made aware of it at such a young age. 12 and 13 is the norm to start making rude comments and thinking about everything under the sun. (No kid is going to let someone know they were watching that intently anyway.)

Come to think of it that is a bit perverted to be thinking of that sort of thing while watching a kid show! EEW now I am grossed out by people thinking this way while watching and the kids around them. Are they looking at the kids around them? What do they think when the kid pulls their shirt over their head to show a belly button and you get everything? Yuck, Yuck and double Yuck!!!

Cheri

September 24th, 2010
10:02 am

When your young daughter (who you say doesn’t notice the cleavage) asks you to buy her a similar top the next time you go shopping for clothes…well, then maybe you’ll wish you had been more of a “prude” in regards to the video.

We should me more “prudish” when it comes to what our kids watch on television… The more we let them watch, the more desensitized they become to things that are inappropriate. I see this EVERY DAY in the school where I teach. “Katy Perry can wear it. Why can’t I?”

Cheri

September 24th, 2010
10:05 am

“You’ve gotta be kidding me” – I surely hope that if you have a 12/13 year old boy you are teaching them to respect women…and that the “norm to start making rude comments and thinking about everything under the sun” is inappropriate, sexist, and (as they get older) can result in sexual harassment charges.

V for Vendetta

September 24th, 2010
10:43 am

Are you kidding me? If you don’t like it, turn the channel, prudes. I can’t believe people have nothing better to do than worry about stuff like this.

V for Vendetta

September 24th, 2010
10:46 am

Cheri,

Then don’t let your kids watch TV. Tell them to go outside and play where they are less likely to encounter Katy Perry and her horrible boobs.

V for Vendetta

September 24th, 2010
10:47 am

(Actually, they are fantastic. But you know what I meant.)

irisheyes

September 24th, 2010
11:03 am

LOL, I read this yesterday, and then my 2 yo saw a clip of the story on the news and started yelling for Elmo. So guess who watched the youtube video at least 4 times last night. Yep, you got it. He didn’t say anything about the revealing dress, but he’s a bigger Elmo fan than Katy Perry.

While I think the dress was a little more revealing than it needed to be, I also don’t understand why they couldn’t have digitally drawn in a higher neckline. They’ve got the technology, and then it would have been a non-story.

Cheri

September 24th, 2010
11:12 am

V – HAHA! They definitely play more than watch t.v.!

Becca

September 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

I loved the clip. I thought it was cute and funny and would have no problem allowing my 5-year-old to watch it. That said, I do understand that some might have an issue with it and well, that’s their preference. Don’t let your kid watch that particular episode then. It shouldn’t mean that the rest of us (who don’t have a stick up our you-know-what) should have to miss out on the fun!

TechMom

September 24th, 2010
12:54 pm

Anyone know of a seamstress who could make this dress for me?? I’ve decided for Halloween I’m going to be Katy Perry and my husband is going to be Elmo. I wonder how many people won’t allow their kids to come to my house or if my cleavage will scare them away. Bahaha!

LM

September 24th, 2010
1:05 pm

TechMom, rotflol, love it and if you have trick or treater’s I’d consider the same costume.

LM

September 24th, 2010
1:06 pm

duh, If I have trick or treater’s

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tracey

September 24th, 2010
2:44 pm

people have dirty minds. i can remember when i was little, buffy nursed her baby cody on sesame street. she talked to big bird about it and explained how different mothers feed their babies. and the clip is on youtube. if they did that now, someone would go bananas. people need to relax.