Katy Perry’s taped performance for “Sesame Street,” which was released to YouTube earlier this week and drew complaints from parents due to the pop star’s controversial attire, will no longer air on the children’s show, creator Sesame Workshop said Thursday morning (Sept. 23).
The clip was slated to run during “Sesame Street’s” upcoming season but has now been pulled due to protests from parents who found Perry’s outfit to be too provocative. “We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show…We also value our viewer’s opinions and particularly those of parents,” Sesame Workshop said in a statement. “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.”
In the video, Perry performs a riff on her hit single “Hot N Cold” alongside Elmo, while wearing a green dress with a sheer panel that reveals her cleavage. Elmo is shown running around the hem of Perry’s dress while she sings, “How am I supposed to play with you?/You’re up and you’re down/You’re running around.”
Perry’s performance is no longer available on “Sesame Street’s” official YouTube page but remains on the singer’s official website. A spokeswoman for the pop star said in a statement, “Katy enjoyed working with ‘Sesame Street,’ Kevin Clash and playing dress up with Elmo. You can view all the fun at www.katyperry.com.”