Katy Perry Kisses Elmo And Likes It

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Katy Perry has a cat named Kitty Purry.

Before I knew that, I’d heard she’d sung a song called, ‘I Kissed A Girl’ but I’d never listened to the song or knew what she looked like.

But when I heard her cat’s name, I thought it was seriously cool. The alliteration was great.

I then saw her on TV performing her ‘California Gurls’ song. With the sound off.

And I began wondering what all the hoo-haa was about.

So when, one day over the summer, the boys were bored, I suggested we looked at some music video’s online.

I suggested we watch Katy Perry sing ‘California Gurls.’

Three minutes later, I was regretting that decision with all of my being. The music video, ostensibly based on the board game Candyland, was full of blatant sexual innuendo and double entendre.

The boys, being the ten year-old innocents they are, took the sumptuous visuals of cherry-topped cupcake bikinis and a naked Perry on candy floss clouds in their stride.

Their only response was to ask if they could have strawberries for dessert that night.

I, however, was just about done in by her squirting whipped cream from her breasts.

Never have I found the off switch to my laptop quite so quickly.

Consider these words from the song:

‘I know a place
Where the grass is really greener
Warm, wet and wild
There must be something in the water
Sippin’ gin and juice
Laying underneath the palm trees
(Undone)
The boys break their necks
Tryin’ to creep a little sneak peek
(At us)’

And…

‘Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot, will melt your popsicle’

And…

‘Sex on a beach
We get sand in our stilettos’

Not so innocent. And not meant to be.

Even if you don’t listen to the lyrics very closely, it is clear she mentions the word ‘sex’ at the beginning of the verse. And in so doing, (rather cleverly don’t you think?) provides us moms, with an extra-special ‘teaching moment.’

Butt’s up, Katy.

Her current single, Teenage Dream isn’t any better.

‘We drove to Cali
And got drunk on the beach
Got a motel and
Built a fort out of sheets
I finally found you
My missing puzzle piece
I’m complete’

I like Katy Perry’s tunes.

They’re catchy in a poppy way and she’s a pretty girl albeit with a strange choice in boyfriends.

When I heard there was a furore over her dress during a Sesame Street episode, I wasn’t surprised.

But when I watched the clip, quite frankly, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.

I’ve seen Tinkerbell wear less.

However, if I had a three year-old, would I really want her to see Katy Perry flirting along with Elmo and then have her start to emulate her heroes by singing and dancing along to Perry’s tunes?

I don’t think so.

So listen up, people. The question is not, was Katy Perry’s dress on Sesame Street appropriate?

Wrong question.

It is why the flippin’ heck she was on there in the first place?

What do you think of Katy Perry on Sesame Street? Is it a storm in a tea-cup? Or a tornado on the plain? Let me know in the comments!

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Green Bean
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September 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

Okay, you made me laugh! I love Katy Perry’s songs. They are a bunch of fluff and not appropriate for kids to listen to closely but they are fun and catchy. The rest of her? Um, yeah! As you said, why the flippin’ heck was she on there in the first place!

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Alison Golden September 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Hey Green Bean,

I was going to write something about personal finances and then I thought ‘Sod it, this is what I want to write about.’ So I’m glad it made you laugh 🙂

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Mary E. Ulrich
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September 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Again the question: Why would Sesame Street invite her?

I just don’t get this–or Brittany Spears either (but I’m old)
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Alison Golden September 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Me, neither. Publicity?

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Amy October 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

My guess is that perhaps it was a planned publicity stunt. I heard (and have zero references for this info) that it was never intended to air. So, what? They made it just to put it on the internet to stir up more ruckus about her, that’s my guess.

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Alison Golden October 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

Yeah, I assumed as much but I’m not sure what Sesame Street would get out of such publicity. Except publicity, of course. I can only guess that they feel that any publicity is better than no publicity. Go figure.

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Martha February 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I just learned of this whole Sesame Street /Katy Perry controversy today. (OK, I’m a little slow.) Ran across this interview….which seems to indicate that they are putting Katy Perry and other celebrities on Sesame Street in order to connect with the parents. Umm….interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2QgvAuKqkg&feature=fvsr

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Alison Golden February 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

What!! I’ve never heard anything so flippin’ ridiculous in my whole life! Epic fail! 😉

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