It was after Sesame Street posted a segment of Perry’s episode to YouTube that the complaints started rolling in. TMZ reports:
The song made its way to YouTube Monday and racked up nearly a million views. But some parents started complaining her cleavage was too front and center. We’ve learned producers have decided not to air the song on the show.
As TMZ sagely points out, Perry’s décolletage is actually covered by fabric — though what they call “flesh-colored,” we call “see-through.”
The New York Times has published the following statement from Sesame Street:
“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.”
UPDATE: Unfortunately, in between the time we read this story and posted it, Sesame Street had pulled from YouTube — so we’re curious to see what the producers have to say now. In the meantime, enjoy the below gallery of screenshots!
this is some kind of spaceship or something.
UPDATE #2: Big thanks to commenter J Baustian, who directed us to this still working copy of the segment.