Published Sep 23, 2010In what has to be the strangest blow to mixed-race couples yet, parents North America-wide are trying to keep pop tartlet Katy Perry and wall-eyed muppet Elmo apart.
A segment recently filmed for Sesame Street that depicted Perry singing a reworked, kid-friendly version of her 2008 hit "Hot N Cold" to the lovable muppet came under scrutiny after it was leaked onto the Internet earlier this week, and it's all because of the singer's too-adult attire. Apparently, once parents began poo-pooing Perry's shapely presence on the kids program, PBS balked and removed the singer from the show's 41st season premiere, which airs September 27.
Now, normally this wouldn't seem too off the mark for Perry, who earlier this year doused a legion of CGI gummy bears using her whipped-cream canister bra in her "California Gurls" video, and she just plum didn't wear anything but a cloud of cotton candy on the cover of her latest album, Teenage Dream. The tasteful lime green dress and bridal veil ensemble she sports in the clip, however, is possibly the most uncontroversial outfit she's worn since stepping into the spotlight a few years back.
A statement from PBS explains that a host of complaints from concerned parents have cropped up in the past couple of days, forcing the children's program to pull Perry's spot.
"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."
While Perry is no doubt bummed to have been bounced from the legendary program, she's still proud of her performance.
"Wow, looks like my play date with Elmo has been cut short! If you still wanna play see it at www.katyperry.com Tag you're it, Elmo! "she tweeted this morning (September 23).
Check out the, uh, offensive clip down below, but make sure you hide the kids.
Thanks to the L.A. Times for the tip.