By now you have probably heard about Katy Perry's guest appearance on Sesame Street being pulled due to the backlash of prudish parents who fear that Katy's cleavage would ruin their children's lives.
Silly folks. This is the Age of the Interweb! That which bans us, only makes us viral!
And of course, with Katy's appearance on SNL this weekend (why is that show still on?), there was more fun and infamy to be had!
Now really, are Katy's boobs really that horrible? (No, me dear, no they are not.). A friend of a friend commented that she herself was showing ample cleavage in the presence of her own children at that very moment! And, you know, a good chunk of children spent a large part of their young lives staring at boobs while they ate. Shock! Horror!
Oh Sesame Street! Where did you go wrong? How sad that you have so fallen to the ways of bowdlerism and are so quick to succumb to the tongue lashings of prudish parents who are going to be in for a big surprise when their sexually repressed and ignorant children become whores and/or are sexually victimized.
It's not like the Katy Incident is a first for Sesame Street. Volumes one and two of the beloved series that many of us grew up on have now been deemed adults-only: “These early ‘Sesame Street’ episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.”
Writes the New York Times: "Nothing in the children’s entertainment of today, candy-colored animation hopped up on computer tricks, can prepare young or old for this frightening glimpse of simpler times. Back then — as on the very first episode, which aired on PBS Nov. 10, 1969 — a pretty, lonely girl like Sally might find herself befriended by an older male stranger who held her hand and took her home. Granted, Gordon just wanted Sally to meet his wife and have some milk and cookies, but . . . well, he could have wanted anything. As it was, he fed her milk and cookies. The milk looks dangerously whole."
Fortunately, all is not lost. Sesame Street still features sketches that cater to adults, such as their recent True Blood spoof.
"Sesame Street’s new morality code is a bit of a moving target, but here’s what we’ve got this week. Sexually suggestive? That’s out. Thinly veiled allegories about death? That’s in."
I assume that Muppet Sookie did not strip down for Muppet Bill as often as she does in the actual HBO series.
In a refreshing contrast to the Boob Ban in the US, I was watching Kids CBC with my kids this weekend and was very pleased to see a music sketch that featured Caribana dancers in their skimpy finest. In fact, the male host got dressed up too and was showing *gasp* NIPPLE.
That's right, people. We in Canada are okay with our sexuality!
I tried to find a picture of this, but unfortunately, Mamma Yamma's boobs are not nearly as net-worthy as Katy Perry's are.