Why in the world would Sesame Street pull a segment featuring Elmo and Katy Perry singing a rewritten song of hers?
Because it looked like this:
Via the New York Times:
“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,” the show said in a statement, adding it valued the opinions of viewers, particularly parents.
The segment features Perry singing a rendition of her 2008 single “Hot N Cold” to the Muppet Elmo. The song, originally about an elusive lover, was rewritten for the clip.
Apparently, the last celebrity to have their segment pulled from The Ses’ was pop singer Chris Brown, who was fresh off beating up pop singer Rihanna at the time. Understandable, given the fact that Elmo looks like he’s in imminent danger of being taken out by Katy Perry’s rack at any given moment. Muppets have soft bodies; in order to have a hand up your ass all day, you’d kind of have to. The point is that they’re delicate creatures. Like all of us. Delicate: it means “breakable.” Like children’s emotions.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 23, 2010