Sesame Workshop, the production house behind the long-running children’s television show Sesame Street, has announced that Katy Perry’s song with Elmo will be removed from the tv broadcast of the show after parents complained about the clip on YouTube.
Since being posted earlier this week, the clip has had over a million views, but has also drawn criticism due to Perry revealing a little too much during the song.
“In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers,” a statement released by the company said. “Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on YouTube.”
They added, “Sesame Street has a long history of working with celebrities across all genres, including athletes, actors, musicians and artists. Sesame Street has always been written on two levels, for the child and adult. We use parodies and celebrity segments to interest adults in the show because we know that a child learns best when co-viewing with a parent or care-giver. We also value our viewer’s opinions and particularly those of parents.”
Perry also made a brief comment, writing on Twitter, “Wow, looks like my play date with Elmo has been cut short!”