Katy Perry had recorded a special guest appearance for Sesame Street, but parents flipped out when the video was leaked and demanded it be pulled from the children’s program. (See video at link.)
The PBS long-running kids program featured Perry in a low cut, strapless, gown and veil doing a kid-friendly version of her hit “Hot N Cold” with Elmo. It’s gotten over a million views on YouTube.com and will remain available to fans.
TMZ reports that parents quickly fired off angry letters, demanding it not to be broadcast.
“They’re gonna have to rename it cleavage avenue,” complained one.
But one commenter noted:
“If your kid is saying things like: boobs!..it’s because of the family not because of Katy! I mean the family is the one who educate the kids! No one else is responsible of that!”
A Sesame Street spokesperson issued a statement to UsMagazine.com early Thursday morning, deciding to side with the angry viewers:
“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.”