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Sesame Street should stick to the basics.

By Kristen Chase
Several weeks ago, Sesame Street decided to pull a skit starring the bubble gum pop star Katy Perry, best known for kissing a girl, liking it, and then singing about it in a pair of spandex hot pants, and Elmo, a furry red monster best known for singing about himself in the third person with no pants.

You’d think it was a perfect match, especially considering who Katy Perry is actually linked with in real life.

But alas, her racy costume, which was a cross between Tinkerbell and something you might have seen on sexy ice skater Katarina Witt, got a bunch of parents’ granny panties in a wad, and Sesame Street decided they didn’t want the controversy.

More likely, it was probably a bunch of moms jealous of her perky boobs, fearing their kids (and their husbands) would get hungry every time they watched the segment.

Now if you’re going to complain about Katy Perry on Sesame Street, make sure it’s the right argument. Kids will see way more boob at school than they will from that short skit. And really, if your kids are noticing Katy Perry’s boobs and let’s be honest, actually know who Katy Perry is, than you probably have bigger fish to fry.

Quite frankly, the bigger issue is why the heck is Katy Perry on Sesame Street in the first place.

Now Sesame Street has been quoted as saying they like to appeal to both the adults and the kids; the kids are watching Elmo bounce around while all the dads in America are watching Katy Perry’s boobs.

Sounds like a lovely way to get your husband to spend some quality time with your children.

But if memory serves correctly, most of the celebrity guests are actual parents who also generally don’t have a reputation for questionable song lyrics and squirting whipped cream out of their bra during music videos.

No doubt there are plenty of parents who have bopped around to her song "California Girls" when it plays on the radio. Maybe they even have it on their iPod.

Perhaps they’ve even kept the song going while their kids are in the car.

But taking her out of the radio or iPod, and placing her on a well respected, long standing kid’s show just seems like a desperate ploy for Sesame Street to try to remain relevant and cool, which is sad because kids don’t really care about that shit. Being relevant and cool to a 3-year-old doesn’t require some boobed-up pop star or newsworthy actress.

If that were the case, then who’s next? Lindsay Lohan doing a rendition of “High Middle, and Low?”

So stick with what you do best, Sesame Street -- entertaining and educating kids so their parents can get a quickie in before work.


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Kristen Chase left a job as a college music professor for her current career as stay-at-home-mother of four. When she's not perusing the local adult bookstores and foot fetish websites, she is the publisher and CEO of Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech, and writes on her personal blog, Motherhood Uncensored, as well as various other online outlets. Her book, The Mominatrix's Guide to Sex, was published in 2010.

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