Katy Perry’s Hot ‘N Cold Video With Elmo

Katy Perry’s Hot ‘N Cold Video With Elmo

This video of Katy Perry singing Hot ‘N Cold while playing dress up with Elmo was released on YouTube before being aired on Sesame Street. Apparently, parents were outraged by the provocative attire she was wearing. Now, if you look closely at her top, there is mesh (flesh color obviously) that goes all the way up to her neck line and sleeve areas.

Sesame Street issued the following statement, “In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of ‘Sesame Street,’ which is aimed at preschoolers.”

I have a 2 year old son and to be perfectly honest with you, I highly doubt he would be interested in Katy’s dress. Now, he would rock it out to the song and laugh at Elmo running around (note, Elmo is not wearing pants). BUT, on the other hand, I can see why some would be outraged by this particular dress selected for a preschool educational show.

I’m just curious, do you think people are blowing this out of proportion? Sesame Street has always been a wholesome educational show for children, so I personally think they made the right decision not to air the video. I only hope Katy returns and tapes a new segment with more conservative attire.

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6 thoughts on “Katy Perry’s Hot ‘N Cold Video With Elmo

  1. Brie

    Personally, I think that she should have worn something more conservative on a show that is aimed at the preschool crowd. I think our society sees enough scantily clad people, especially women, on television and in advertisements. We certainly don’t need it on the one thing we can all count on as being wholesome – Sesame Street. Maybe I am more sensitive to it having two young girls. I am glad the show decided not to air the video.

  2. I actually said the same thing, if I had a daughter I probably would be a lot more sensitive about Katy’s dress. I think Sesame Street did the right thing by not choosing to air it, as parents we shouldn’t have to sensor preschool programs. I have confidence in PBS which is why I do not flinch to let my son watch it. 🙂

  3. I am probably not the best person to answer this since my style of dress is far more conservative than the average woman in this country, but I would have been pretty offended if I turned on Sesame Street and saw this. Her cleavage is quite visible and I would hate for my kids to feel like they have to cover their eyes while watching a show on PBS. I think that over time we have been sort of desensitized to nudity on television, but I miss the days when ladies looked like ladies and left something to the imagination.

  4. I heard all the hoopla about it but hadn’t actually seen it until now. She probably didn’t think anything of her outfit since she’s pretty much topless in some of her videos! When she’s running it looks like they are just going to pop out of their little shells.

  5. My kids loved it (it was on their website before all of this hoopla) and I think it’s ridiculous. Just more people with too much time on their hands!!!

  6. I have to say I am a little torn on this subject. I agree with you that the little ones would not think twice about her attire. They don’t know that it is sexy or provocative. They know that there is a little red creature dancing around with a lady in a bright green dress. Their minds do not process it in a sexual manner.
    One thing that has always bothered me is that whole mesh nonsense. Yeah it’s there I get it, but at the same time it’s not there. I mean if you want to give the illusion that it is bare then let it be bare. If you want to cover up then wear something that covers you up.
    I also think that Sesame Street did the right thing. If there is any question at all about the integrity of the show, the controversial element should be eliminated. I, too, wish that Ms. Perry returns to sesame street as I do love her as an artist.

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