Katy Perry in Sesame Street Video

The controversy over this video is whether Katy Perry's outfit is appropriate for kids who watch this program. The age range of children who would tend to watch Sesame Street is 2 to 5 years old. This video was pulled by the network after parents complained about the wardrobe selection.

What do you think? Is Perry's selection any worse than a Disney Princes' dress?


  1. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmm. Interested to see the comments that come in on this. The difference between this strapless and Ariel's shell-bra, for example, is that Katie Perry is live-action and not animated. There's some extra movement revealed in real life, especially when she runs. Obviously distracting for some adults; can't really say that little kids would notice or be affected negatively.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You have to admit her dress is very similar to Tinkerbell's. My daughter and I both love Katy Perry. As long as we, as the adults, do not put any kind of stigma on the outfit, the children do not. Katy says she's wearing dress up clothes. My daughter's Tinkerbell dress looks very similar to that only it doesn't show as much on her because she doesn't have as much to show. And again, she would not notice that but adults would.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I agree it's the parents reacting to the reveling outfit Katy is wearing,not the kids. Personally, I wouln't have noticed it had it not been for the attention this got in the media. Then again, the media are affecting kids in very subliminal ways… and this is what has parent's antenas already raised.

  4. Anonymous says:

    When I saw this video it reminded me of Disney Princess costumes, like Tinker Bell, which over the years have gotten more revealing — including the ones sold for kids. My kids are teenagers, and though I probably would not have thought much of this particular dress, the fact remains that similar risqué attire on or presented to young children has been leaning on the inappropriate side for a while now.
    Parents have had it with the over sexualization of many previously 'safe' television shows. I think parents and caretakers are reacting more and more vociferously to these type of assaults on little kids senses, and perhaps would rather err on the overly cautious side

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree that this dress is extremely similar to many of the Disney princess dresses. The problem, however, is that this is a “one size fits all” mindset when one size CLEARLY does not fit all. A small-chested woman could probably get away with this outfit without it seeming provocative, but people should understand the need to dress for their body type. Having cleavage sticking out of your dress on a childrens' program shows a lack of foresight and modesty to me.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You are so right, Chelsea! I hadn't thought about this dress scandal in quite this way. Modesty should be the operative word when stylists, directors, producers and actors are dealing with children's programing, marketing, etc. It can't be that hard to do. Question is, why don't they?

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