After Sesame Street producers yanked a segment featuring pop singer Katy Perry on the grounds it was too salacious for the children’s staple, the singer Tweeted her response Thursday to the ensuing fiasco.
“Wow, looks like my play date with Elmo has been cut short!” Perry, 25, Tweeted. “If you still wanna play see it at http://www.katyperry.com Tag you’re it, Elmo!”
The furor began earlier this week, when the show uploaded a promo video for her appearance that caused many to complain or comment on her attire — a low-cut, heart-shaped dress. She wore it alongside the character Elmo as she sang a special version of her song, Hot N Cold.
The show’s producers issued a detailed statement about their decision.
“Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists,” the producers said. “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,” the producers said. “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.”