Katy Perry off of Sesame Street, wears tight Elmo shirt on SNL

by Kelly MacNeil on September 27, 2010

First Sesame Street was hot, and now they've grown cold.

Pop star Katy Perry's music video for Sesame Street will not be shown on television due to parental complaints that surfaced last week about what they described as a revealing outfit the singer was wearing.

The Sesame Street video, which is a parody of Perry's hit song "Hot N Cold," features the singer in what she calls "dress up clothes" and Elmo, one of the more popular characters on the show.

True to the song's lyrics, the video showcases Elmo's flip-flopping attitude to playing dressup with Perry, leading the singer to chase the red-furred puppet in various scenes.

Sesame Street released the video last week on YouTube, which gained negative attention from some parents who commented on the Perry's revealing green dress in the video.

The show released a statement last week concerning the controversy and said because of the online feedback, they "decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers."

However, they also defended their use of celebrities on the show, saying that they use such segments as a way to "interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver."

The video has sparked some added attention onto Perry, who appeared this past weekend on NBC's Saturday Night Live subtly responding to the Sesame Street video. In skit titled "Bronx Beat with Betty & Jodi," Perry appeared in a skin-tight Elmo-themed t-shirt and made a point of bouncing up and down on the couch.

Perry played a character named "Maureen," who accounted for her appearance because she had "developed early" over the summer.

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