Happy Friday Meltingpot Readers,
Have you heard about the uproar over Katy Perry's appearance on Sesame Street? Apparently, Perry has some mommies up in arms over the 'costume' she wore on the show. Having heard about the controversy first, I assumed the woman who sings the song "I kissed a girl and I liked it," had probably shown up wearing something a little too risque to play with muppetts. From the comments, it sounded like she'd come dolled up in stripper gear or something.
But then I watched the clip, available on You Tube and I found myself scratching my head. Is it just me or does anyone else think maybe folks are making much ado about nothing? Yes, you can see some cleavage, but the boobie factor is far from offensive or even that big (sorry Katy).
See for yourselves.
So why is this a Meltingpot issue? Well, one because I'm a mom who still enjoys watching Sesame Street, but also because I'm so shocked that other moms were so shocked. Are these moms coming from such a different cultural experience / moral code that we can look at the same skit and see totally different things? I mean, I've watched the video twice and cannot for the life of me see anything shameful or gross. I was tapping my toes to the music and listening to the cute lyrics and forgot all about her chest.
Please Meltingpot readers, tell me what you think. Would you let your toddlers and young kids watch this skit? Or is it x-rated? And if you don't have a problem with it, why do you think so many others did. And mind you, the outraged mommies won this battle because the higher ups at Sesame Street issued a statement promising not to air the skit on television.