white noise

by Keith Barber

News and views from inside the media bubble’ 


Producers of the popular children’s TV show “Sesame Street” decided to not include an appearance by pop singer, Katy Perry, in the show’s season premiere, which aired Monday. “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’s producers said in a statement. In the segment, Perry’s wardrobe consists of a lime green bustier. Perry asks Sesame Street character Elmo if he wants to play a game of dress-up before launching into a parody of her hit song, “Hot ‘N Cold.” On his blog, PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler agreed with the producers’ decision to cancel the video but openly wondered how Perry’s wardrobe passed inspection. “There is no way, in my opinion, that experienced producers viewing this segment as it was being shot would not realize immediately that it will offend a sizeable number of their parental viewers,” Getler wrote. Offended parents made their views heard with angry e-mails and letters to the show. The cancellation of the segment created a media buzz that could’ve easily been avoided, Getler said. He suggested that adding another inch of material on top of Perry’s dress is all that was needed to avoid “this embarrassing controversy.” For his part, Elmo appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning, America” on Sept. 24 and said he “loves Miss Katy.”