The producers of "Sesame Street" have decided not to air a segment featuring singer Katy Perry after some parents complained her dress was too low-cut, reports TMZ.com.
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The song was placed on YouTube Monday and has been seen more than 1.4 million times. In it, Perry sings a cleaned-up version of "Hot N Cold." But the song attracted comments such as "You can practically see her t*ts. That’s some wonderful children’s programming," the story says.
Furthermore, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly gave Perry his Pinhead of the day award for the video.
While Perry’s chest is covered in a flesh-colored mesh material that goes to her neck, the producers decided against airing the segment.
According to a story in the New York Times, Sesame Street issued this statement about the video:
“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.”
However, as the Times’ points out, while the video can indeed be found on YouTube, at the time of this writing it has been pulled from the official Sesame Street site on YouTube.