Does Cleavage Corrupt Our Children?

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Apparently Sesame Street recently dropped a segment from its show which showcased singer Katy Perry wearing a low-cut dress party dress while she frolicked with Elmo. That makes it sound worse than it was: Katy is trying to get Elmo to play with her. No, that doesn’t sound right either. Just watch the video for yourself and see if you can find anything that would cause parents to protest its airing.

Eric Steinman asked in an article on the Care2 website:

Is nothing sacred? That is the rhetorical question that some parents, no doubt, have been asking over the past few days as the clean streets of Sesame Street were tarnished with the image of female breasts (or at least cleavage alluding to these breasts).
Read more in this New York Times’ Arts Beat: Culture At Large article.
In a related article, Arts Beat reported that Ms. Perry’s appearance was defended by a “two fuzzy, non-human members of the Sesame Street cast” when the executive producer of the PBS children’s show, Carol-Lynne Parente, visited George Stephanopoulis on “Good Morning America” to discuss the decision to pull the music video.

“Elmo loves Miss Katy,” Elmo said. “We had a good time. So we’ll have another play date.”

Also on hand was Grover, whose blue fur was clearly visible through his Super Grover costume. “How do you like my new outfit, huh?” he asked Mr. Stephanopoulos. “It is not too revealing, is it?”

If only we were all as uncorrupted as a Muppet. After all, it takes a dirty mind to know one.

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Ellen Keim

Ellen is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with three cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.

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