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Sesame Street, Katy Perry, Boobs, And Disney Characters

[WARNING: Another title for this post could have been: ‘Wherein I Rant And Possibly Offend Many Readers’.]


I’m sure by now you have all seen [and/or heard] about the drama that ensued regarding singer Katy Perry’s skit with Elmo. Yes?  If not, here’s the clip that everyone’s talking about.

Apparently, that skit was deemed too ‘racy’ by some over-protective parents and subsequently yanked from ‘Sesame Street’. Some of the quotes from these outraged parents include references with respects to Katy Perry’s cleavage. I realize this is a children’s television show, and she does have impressive and ample breasts. However, I do not think that her performance was offensive in the least.

Honestly, I have no idea what people are so upset about. While yes, it’s true, as a fellow parent I have been known to overreact to certain situations that involve my own child [ie: that time he dyed his hair]. But for the life of me, I just can’t figure out the logic behind this kind of unnecessary uproar.

And here’s why…

Have these very same parents ever taken a really good look at the way Female ‘Disney Characters’ are drawn? I’m thinking not. Because if they had? Surely they would have to be just as livid.  Or, am I just the only person on the planet that has noticed the excessively-large-stripper-like-breasts depicted on 90% of the Female Disney Princesses?

I believe my point will be better demonstrated with some photographic evidence.

[Side bar: I did not enhance these pictures in any way, shape, or form. I only wrote captions on them.]

Example One: This is probably the least offensive of them all.

Example Two:

Example Three:

Example Four: Ah yes, the crème de la crème of examples.

So what makes those images okay for children’s eyes? Is it just because they are cartoon characters?

Seriously people.

Boobs are everywhere.

And for all intensive purposes – we as a culture are obsessed with them.

Quite frankly, I think if these parents are going to get their panties in a twist over Katy Perry’s appearance on Sesame Street they should probably also reconsider dressing-up their little girls like these characters.

Just sayin’.

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  • Geoffrey

    Betty Boop was the first cartoon character to set the standard for cartoon sensuality. Or is sexuality? I forget what Dean Wormer's wife said in Animal house when speaking about cucumbers with Eric Stratton… one applies to people, the other applies to “other”

  • I *heart* Betty Boop

  • BK

    LOL! Great points Meleah! I seriously wonder. Kids don't have eyes like they do. 🙂

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  • Ha ha ha…very good point, Mel.

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  • This is too funny, Meleah. I didn't know about this issue until a couple of days ago when my husband mentioned it to me (we don't have TV and I avoid the news & gossip sites when I'm online like the plague). It's utterly ridiculous…I'll be thinking about your post and mentally laughing this halloween as I pass what I'm sure will be many “Jasmines”, “Ariels” and “Belles” (minus the jugs), trotting happily beside their beaming parents.

  • I will be laughing this Halloween too!

  • Oh for God's sakes are people that stupid!?!? I don;t see anything wrong with this and I really like her bobs but did not feel any sparks down below from this skit. It's a bunch of mothers upset their boobs didn't hold up as well after kids 4 and 5.

  • brass forging

    These a bit like a Disney animation

  • Agreed!

  • “Delete”

  • Awake In Rochester

    Hm, I'll have to watch Disney more often. 😉

  • You're too funny!


  • How was this racy and how would a four year old even know to interpret it as sexy?

    I say let the kids watch this and then just beat them or talk to them or whatever your parenting style dictates that you do.

  • Well said!

  • People are retarded and make up things to be offended about all the time nowadays. That's why it makes me angry to even watch the news anymore. Although I gotta say… WHERE WERE THESE SKITS WHEN I WAS WATCHING SESAME STREET??

  • Ahahahahaha

  • ruth

    Ive always realized that bodies of Disney princesses are actually not suitable for their age. Most of them are like less than 16 I think.

  • It's crazy!

  • DD

    I don't understand what these parents were complaining about. Katy was dressed up nicely.

  • That's what Im saying!

  • MagikGimp

    While the performance is perfectly fine it’s the fact that Katy is on Sesame Street at all is what the problem is. She’s a racy, buxom singer who is deliberately directed to be sexy in front of the camera to attract her target audience- mostly teens. Heck, we’ve all seen the video where she’s stark naked and imitates lactation with her breasts. Quite why she should appear in a children’s programme, and very young children at that, is beyond me and was probably what was objectionable to the parents who were outraged.

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