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Katy Perry video yanked from PBS's "Sesame Street"

[This post has been updated.]

Sesame Workshop, which produces the iconic public television kids show "Sesame Street," has issued a statement explaining why it pulled the video it shot of pop singer Katy Perry singing a duet of her tune "Hot 'N Cold" with show's puppet character Elmo. The decision to yank Perry's video performance, which was scheduled to air later in the year, came after the Decency Police saw the video online and got their cami-knickers in a bunch over Katy's outfit.

On the bright side, as one commenter on YouTube noted, "Wow, Sesame Street just got cool again."

Sesame Workshop, which has apparently found a direct descendant of Uriah Heep to hire as its crisis-control manager, issued the following long-ish statement which we bring to you in its entirety because it's a great read:

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 the 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. In light of the feedback we've received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on You Tube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at preschoolers. Katy Perry fans will still be able to viewer the video on You Tube.

It had, however, been expunged from the official YouTube "Sesame Street" page which had been washed down with lye. Okay, we made that last part up. The lye bit, that is, not the expunging. The video is, however, still available elsewhere on YouTube.

In case your mother has found a way to block video from your computer, we will now describe the one in question:

Katy Perry, who is perhaps still best know for her interpretation of the tune "I Kissed a Girl," is seen in front of a cute cartoon neighborhood, trying to get fuzzy orange puppet Elmo to play with her, while simultaneously singing a G-rated version of her tune "Hot 'N Cold"

Perry is wearing an acid-green party dress which - here's where you'll need to pay close attention - has a hem that is above her knee. However, the hem is not nearly as high as the red number that Teen Abstinence Advocate Bristol Palin wore this week when she was shaking her booty on the season debut of "Dancing with the Stars."

Bristol Palin on "Dancing with the Stars." (Adam Larkey/ABC)

At the other end, while Bristol Palin's dress went all the way up to her neck -- Perry's dress does too. But the top bits of the dress are made of netting so as to show actual skin. The acid-green fabric is attached to the netting and fashioned into a bustier top which shows a bit of cleavage. Reporters who don't get out much have described it as low cut. To them we would like to say the following:

We know low-cut, low-cut is a favorite of ours. And, journalists who don't get out much, this is no-low cut dress. What "Dancing with the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke wore on the first night of that ABC dance competition series on Monday -- that was a low-cut dress. That Versace Jungle Dress Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammys -- that was a low-cut dress.

Another reporter noted outragedly - is that a word? - that Elmo, who in the video thinks Ms. Perry wants to play tag - is seen running at the hem of her dress.

While Elmo is making a mockery of decency, Perry is singing the lyrics:

How am I supposed to play with you?
You're up and you're down
You're running around
You're fast and you're slow
You're stop and you're go.

"With that dress it's a miracle this show is still rated G," wrote one outraged YouTube viewer.

Jennifer Lopez at the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000. (Scott Gries/Image Direct)

And, since it was YouTube that seems to have been the catalyst for Sesame Workshop's ixnaying of Perry's "Sesame Street" appearance, The TV Column naturally wants to make sure you know more about the comments on the site in re this video.

"I wanna play dress up with Katy Perry," chimed in a more open-minded viewer, with the best of intentions, we're sure.

Another noted that Perry's dress is about as provocative as Miss Piggy's "Sesame Street" wardrobe - or that of Tinker Bell, another fave kids' character.

"Give me a break, what 2-4 year old is going to notice what she is wearing, it looks like a costume to me, she is cute and i think her and elmo are cute together, get over it.," wrote another, while the most observant of the pack noted, "Fact is ... what looks like Katy's bare chest is actually covered in flesh-colored mesh that goes all the way to her neck."

Brooke Burke on "Dancing with the Stars." (Adam Larkey/ABC)

Another YouTube viewer -- a disciple of Aristophanese -- asserted, "I'm sure it is fat [heinie] jealous stay at home moms that are bitching. They got nothing better to do. I hope they don't take their kids to the beach or pool. Bunch of pansy [heinies]."

One YouTube patron could not let that go unchallenged.

"Im a stay at home mother and by no means am i fat. i look [darned] good thank you very much and i don't have any problems with this video or any others by Katy Perry she's hott! just thought I'd let you know that there are HOTT stay at home moms. :)"

Early Thursday afternoon, Perry tweeted: "Wow, looks like my play date with Elmo has been cut short! If you still wanna play see it at Tag you're it, Elmo!"

Video: Watch the full 'Sesame Street' clip

By Lisa de Moraes  | September 23, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
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This article actually convinced me that the producers were probably right in pulling the segment. If you have to use outfits worn by Bristol Palin and JLo to make something seem child-appropriate, then maybe it wasn't.

Still, it's once more place safe from the Katy Perry deluge. Woo hoo!

Posted by: morattico | September 23, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Well, who knew. The Taliban actually watch Sesame Street.

Posted by: fredm3 | September 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Is the CTW becoming the Taliban?

Posted by: bs2004 | September 23, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd hit it.

Posted by: drewdane | September 23, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Elmo, the most popular children's character of more than ten years, is red. You calling him orange undermines your entire article.

Posted by: cookie714 | September 23, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Are you serious???
I hope that all the parents out there that complained, don't let their kids watch anything with tinker belle, the little mermaid, or even some of the disney princesses....................

Posted by: abmccullough08 | September 23, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The Teabannies at it again huh?

Posted by: walker1 | September 23, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse


The little kiddies were going to start salavating when they saw the low cut dress?

Posted by: trenda | September 23, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. While Elmo runs around NAKED.

Posted by: hamiltonbust | September 23, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Katy Perry's dress is low cut. JLo's is beyond vulgar and should never see the light of day outside her bedroom.

Posted by: MplsMom | September 23, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Sooo... Lisa had to edit the word "azz" but she could spell out "beyotch" with impunity? That's weird. I would think "beyotch" is more offensive than "azz."

Posted by: forgetthis | September 23, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

As a parent of a pre teen girl I have these observations on this whole issue:

Sesame Street is childrens programming; Dancing with the stars is not (in fact it's darn boring and vain)

Girls my daughter's age will emulate by, altering their clothing, what these women wear on TV. Teenagers will do that same with what they see in the mall.

Showing athletic legs is okay in my book, women and men athletes do this all the time.

Showing cleavage, buttocks (or my underwear), tattoos (and I'm talking men here also) sends a completely different message to youth.

I watched the Perry video and it's okay by my standards. Nothing worse than what an Olympic Ice Skater would wear. (nice legs, but she could put a few more miles on the running track)

Posted by: DonnyKerabatsos | September 23, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Once again the left-wing elite mock normal American parents as they try to raise their kids in a G-rated environment.

Posted by: amazd | September 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Elmo's red, not orange!

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 23, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

jealous overweight mothers trying to sexualize a childrens skit. i dont think 4 and 5 year olds quite think like that. grow up and find something real to whine about.

Posted by: sandradbeachbum | September 23, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

GAH! Have any of the morality police seen the outfits they sell for Barbie???? GAH!

Posted by: kbockl | September 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Perry appears to be another no-talent who has to depend on sexuality to get media exposure. Unfortunately for her, she isn't attractive either.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | September 23, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Elmo and his buddies on Sesame Street are used to cleavage and haute couture.
Miss Piggy was very fashionable with her gowns and feather boas.

Posted by: menopausequeen | September 23, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

My kids lost interest in Sesame Street at around six. At that age, if Katy Perry had been topless they might have noticed, otherwise all they saw was a pretty woman in a yellow dress. Incidentally, most of the female heroines on Saturday morning cartoons make Katy look positively Amish: think Wonder Woman's one piece with perkier breasts and longer legs.

Posted by: robertjonezz | September 23, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey ELmo seems to be taking it in stride!!

As someone already said - Miss Piggy shows cleavage too!! Now if that were actually correct to form, Miss Piggy would be showing Cleavage-times-3

Posted by: bronxace | September 23, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

PS-- I saw plenty O'Cleavage when I was growing up in NY City -- did that affect my choice of outfits? My fave outfit was jeans, a shirt sneaks and a baseball cap.

Posted by: bronxace | September 23, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Let the little tykes see "Wonder Woman". That will speed any boy from 7 years old to puberty.
The girls will want to push up what they've got.

Posted by: sperrico | September 23, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I've got two pre-school age girls. They're bombarded with enough images about what a girl is "supposed" to look like without being ambushed by Sesame Street.

Nothing against Katy Perry, who can carry a tune...sorta...and I'm not talking about locking my girls up in a convent. Their mom and I know they will deal with all the cultural "stuff" that Lady Gaga and Katy Perry represent, but geez, can't they at least be children for a few years BEFORE they get to kindergarden?

Sesame Street, which is more of a marketing machine than a children's show, ought to fire the bonehead who booked her. But, that might be too much to ask of people who want $50 for an Elmo doll.

Posted by: AnonymousEric | September 23, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Kids! Stop watching that horrible, corrupting Sesame Street, and go play these your Bratz Party Time Fashion Hos!

Posted by: ReginaldSmash | September 23, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Elmo has a stiffy...

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody | September 23, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

While I don't agree that the video was inappropriate for children - I DO believe they were correct in yanking it...but only because Katy Perry is spectacularly annoying...

Posted by: keberg2003 | September 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Brooke Burke is hot...

Posted by: cpettyjohn | September 23, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

O my god. You see more at the goddamn beach than you see on this video? The only thing I could see is the low cut of the top and thats not even alarming. And plus majority of the people complaining don't even watch Sesame Street... Toddlers don’t even think about sex. What’s wrong with you conservatives? Grow up. I know by experience when you have Toddlers.

Posted by: Longbowan | September 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

My breast-feeding grandchildren watch Elmo every morning and would not be offended by any of the outfits depicted. They would be puzzled by Elmo's running away from Katy.

Posted by: flynnie321 | September 23, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Welcome, children. It's the Count, here to talk about today's guest, on Sesame Street—the lovely and talented Ms. Katy Perry.

The Count is very happy she is with us today. Are you happy she's with us today? Elmo is happy she is here today too, but he is feeling a little strange right now. After Ms. Perry tickled Elmo, the poor little guy was thrown into sudden, violent puppet puberty. All of a sudden he stands well over six feet tall. Now he sounds like Michael Clarke Duncan from the Green mile, and he won't stop tickling himself. The Count fears poor Elmo will go blind, his hands are already pretty furry, ah, ah, ah (laughs like Bela Lugosi).

Count with me kids. Since Ms Perry has been on the show, I've gotten one, two, three boners. Three boners, it is! How many have you gotten? She kissed Miss Piggy and she liked it. The Count loves to watch girl on puppet action, ah, ah, ah"

Posted by: grantmh | September 23, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This country has some serious issues, if some "Ned Flanders" are able to find something provocative in that video.

So, atractive women should not be around children, except if they're wearing "modest clothing"?

Do you parents who were distubed by this video, refuse to take your kids to the beach because of all the T and A?

Pathetic, repressed, and neurotic sorry-a$$ people. By, the way, did the stork bring your kids? I feel sorry for them.

Posted by: veerle1 | September 23, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

When there is a gap between the breasts wide enough to put your fist in, that is one sure sign of a silicone beef up.

Brooke Burke definitely fits that category.

Posted by: screwjob21 | September 23, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Most of you who are making remarks against them censoring this video are probably not parents to begin with. Our kids will be sexualized enough in this society thanks to you liberals and your lack of morality. Our kids certainly don't need to sexualized in watching Sesame Street.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | September 23, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous and sad. The fact is, these same people who are complaining about Katy Perry's outfit take their little boys and girls by the thousands to watch women's figure skating every year. There they watch girls nearly half Katy's age wearing basically the same outfits - oh, except those girls jump up in the air and spread their legs for the world. Or if they aren't taking them to figure skating events they're enrolling them in cheerleading or dance, where they go out in front of the crowds and shake, shake, shake that booty - at 7 years old. I'm not even going to get into the whole pageant scene.

Man, this has me so furious. And I know that Sesame Street was put in a tough position and almost had no choice, but man I wish someone over there wasn't so darn risk-averse.

Posted by: jomolungma | September 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

This is a silly column, with even sillier comments. People seem to be unable to differentiate between what is appropriate for grown ups and what is appropriate for children. Dancing with the Stars is not for children - Sesame Street IS. Censorship is appropriate for children's television. That is what makes it CHILDREN'S television. Parents are not worried that their little boys are going to be attracted to Miss Perry, they are concerned that their little girls are going to want to dress like Miss Perry. They are concerned that Sesame Street is promoting Miss Perry (including her clothing choices) as a role model for their children.

Why is nobody asking the real question: Why does Katy Perry have to look "hot" even on Sesame Street?

Posted by: janeraines | September 23, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

What if they re-shoot the video with Katy Perry wearing a burqa?

Posted by: Rudesan | September 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I am a parent, as well as an aunt, and I see nothing inappropriate or sexual in that video.
Yes, Katy Perry has breasts, as do most women. My daughter knew what breasts were by the time she was two. She had had mine in her mouth enough to know what they were and what their purpose was.

Posted by: lepidopteryx | September 23, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

While reading the article, I was becoming more and more on the "decency police" side of the issue. Until I clicked on the video and watched it.

It not only was NOT offensive, it was quite entertaining, and would be so for kids. Who, by the way, see this type of dress ("dress-up play dress" in the segment) in many other places.

And that includes real life, TV news, and almost any other TV shows their parents have on when the children are in the room, no matter what time of day or night.

Posted by: MadamDeb | September 23, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

We should start bombarding CTW with requests to purchase the vid.

It belongs up there with Manamana and C is for Cookie.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 23, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Hooray. Bring in the imams and let's get kid TV scrubbed of any sexual innuendos. In the spirit of the time, I think we should require all young women who appear on Sesame Street to wear a chador or at least a headscarf to show due modesty and cover up their hair. Can't there be one area of modern TV that is virtually sex-free? That should be kid's TV. We had a similar fight a few years ago over violence in Looney Tunes, and the hitting and fighting was scrubbed. Let's do the same with provocatively dressed women. No sex on Sesame Street.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | September 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, I'm a big fan. But wtf ru talking about with these other dresses? Yes they are lower cut. Yes, they are examples of dresses that you, expert media critic with no discernable expertise in child development, can safely say are low cut enough to not make it on Sesame Street. But those dresses are not this dress. Can you provide examples of more provocative cuts that have made it on Sesame Street in the past? That would be a good article. By the way, by focusing on the dress, you are entirely missing the point of why this was pulled. Ask Tony Kornheiser to watch it, I dare you.

Posted by: sorenoid | September 23, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope those parents are tightly controlling their kids TV and internet access, as most of it is significantly more risque than Katy Perry's dress in that video.

Those parents are in for a rough time if they stay in America.

Posted by: postfan1 | September 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Liberals and their babying the children. Jeez, quit whining. Democrats whine of Sesame Street is too spicy, yet they want to pass out condoms, the Pill and teach anal sex to 9 year olds. Creeps.

Posted by: JamesChristian | September 23, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I am sure tht many children would be damaged by acttually seeing a woman's breast. I mean this is something they have never seen before. Ever.

Where is Code Pink when we really need them.

Protect the children from this.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | September 23, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: coqui44 | September 23, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

But the ONLY one NAKED is ELMO!!!!

Posted by: coqui44 | September 23, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Is this the United States of the Taliban? There's no difference. Really. To be offended by a young woman wearing a normal dress. Please. Get a sexual life, you prudes.

Posted by: coqui44 | September 23, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Watched it. Why has no one acknowledged that it's all about the jiggle? We can debate bewbs but not their jouncing? The J-Lo and Brook comparisons don't really hold. J-Lo doesn't have that much to jiggle, and Brook's move very little for chemical viscosity-related reasons.

Katy is blessed, they fill that dress and then some, and they move naturally, and, to me, very pleasingly when she moves around in that video. So it ain't so much a matter of how "low cut" or not. It's the motion that rattles our native talibanis. Complainants, next time please just go ahead and state your gripe clearly: Katy's cleavage jiggles in the vid, too attractively for your comfort on a gubmint subsidized (that's still true, right?) show for little kids.

Katy's a cartoon character of a singer anyway, and truthfully yeah she really is more of a cartoon character for "kids" MY age. Actual chronological-aged kids will survive the episode without her. And Katy herself is benefiting in publicity from the right's reaction, so all is fine by me.

Posted by: blacklightposter | September 23, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

amazd: I'm the right-wing elite and the father of an 18-month-old, and upon viewing the video, I had no idea what people were complaining about.

I thought perhaps that people were upset that they were playing tag...or perhaps they thought her over-acting was provocative (I know that's a reach, but I was trying to figure out what people were up-in-arms about). So, it turns out that all of the huff is about her clothing? Well, if you think that Katy Perry's clothing is anything but G-rated in that video, then the only thing I can figure out is that you must be a fan of Mormon prairie-dresses or burqas.

P.S. if you think this is a left-right issue, then you're nuttier than a bag full of monkeys.

Posted by: steve1231 | September 23, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Someone was just asleep at the wheel. It is a really cute video but the outfit is just not quite suitable. It's about playing dress-up and little girls don't show cleavage when they play dress up, IMO.

However, if Katy had just worn the dress backwards: problem solved! It comes up to her shoulders in the back.

Posted by: hereswhatithink | September 23, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Much adoo about nothing. Some of the children watching Sesame St. are still breast feeding. Others lay next to their mothers on the sofa or bed as they watch steamy soap operas, Maury, or Oprah. Anyone remember the vamp on Roger Rabbit? LIghten up, and be a parent.

Posted by: rsteffens1 | September 23, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

much ado about nothing. but... why is it cool or good to dress like a porn queen on a show for toddlers? Is she so insecure, she needs constant (over) exposure?

Posted by: JebB | September 23, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

It has all been downhill for Sesame Street since Miss Piggy vamped Elmo. Sayyad Quab, intellectual founder of al-Qaeda, found a similar situation in Greeley, Colo. in 1947, writing:
"The American girl is well acquainted with her body's seductive capacity. She knows it lies in the face, and in expressive eyes, and thirsty lips. She knows seductiveness lies in the round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs — and she shows all this and does not hide it."
There you have it. Pure sin. What we now need is a Taliban to straighten this all out.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | September 23, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Jehosaphat! How many parents bought the Disney video "The Little Mermaid" for their kids? That little mermaid has as much or more cleavage thrust out than Katy Perry did in this song and I do not remember parents having hissy fits about that.

I thought this video was innocent fun. Tut tut, so many dirty minds out there, what a shame.

Posted by: Lonecia | September 23, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

AS a parent who has raised 3 boys (my youngest is now a high school senior) O don't get what the fuss is all about. I watched the video and found it amusing, but in no way sexual. A pretty girl is not inherently sexual and those that condemned this video are obviously expressing their own hang ups. I'm surprised their kids even watch TV. It reminds me of an old Robin Williams quote, "You have to remember that the US was founded by people who were too uptight for the British!"

Posted by: rrcurran13 | September 23, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Some people have all the luck. I too kissed a girl... and liked it.
A singer's career out of it for me? Nope.
Anyhoo, this sitch looks like "Banned in Boston" lite.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | September 23, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

So what is the problem with this video? Breasts?

Sounds like the censors were bottle-fed.

Posted by: alarico | September 23, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Perry appears to be another no-talent who has to depend on sexuality to get media exposure. Unfortunately for her, she isn't attractive either.

Posted by: johnfchick1
My "gaydar" alarm is howling on "johns" statement.
Katy Perry...not attractive????????

Or maybe this is a guy strangely attracted to toothless old fat women weighing 300 lbs..and no other type of female.

My only disappointment with Katy Perry is her present awful taste in men. She is engaged to Russell Brand.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | September 24, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Meh, Maria's worn TONS of stuff just as low-cut as that on Sesame Street. The dress was really not all that revealing.

I think the objections have more to do with Perry's songbook, and I have to agree somewhat... her entire career is based on her hawking her sexuality (frankly, she wouldn't have a career otherwise, since while she's very pretty she doesn't sing particularly well). Why would they ask someone like that to appear on a kids' show?

Posted by: floof | September 24, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Awww, poor baby. Kay c_cktease didn't get a chance to use Sesame Street as a vehicle to hawk her wares.

Posted by: moebius22 | September 24, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Much too much time give to something that would be harmless to view. Children will be facinated by the song, and the running around of Elmo. They wouldn't even give Katy a second thought. The out of the way comments and statements about this video are coming from children but adults. Adults who's minds already so full of stuff that is negative they can only look for the negative in everything.

Posted by: TopperGem | September 24, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I left out a few key words that changed the direction of my earlier comment:

"The out of the way comments and statements about this video are NOT coming from children but adults. IT IS THE adults who's minds ARE already so full of MESSY, SILLY stuff, that is BEING SO negative. These PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO look for the negative in everything.

Posted by: TopperGem | September 24, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Sesame Street is aimed at children, and I don't see why Katy Perry couldn't have worn something more covered up. Comparing her costume to those worn by Bristol Palin and Brooke Burke isn't valid,since DWTS is a show aired during prime time, and its audience is aware that ballroom dancing costumes are generally skimpy, bordering at times on skanky.

Posted by: sanderling5 | September 24, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Dear Lisa,

I am outraged that you don't know that Elmo's red, NOT orange.

Sesame Street has a right to do whatever they want to maintain their kiddie-parent ratings. Free country and all.

Posted by: madihawaris | September 24, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Tinkerbell to me... but with dark hair and no wings. Maybe that's what they're really afraid of... a revival of Celtic fundamentalism.

Posted by: PMSimm | September 26, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Tinkerbell to me... but with dark hair and no wings. Maybe that's what they're really afraid of... a revival of Celtic fundamentalism.

Posted by: PMSimm | September 26, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Would these parents have been less bothered if she wore a bikini top made of two scallop shells, like Ariel, the Little Mermaid?

The skirt is no shorter than what Shirley Temple wore, and no shorter than what you'll see at the mall on dozens of girls (the ones who aren't wearing sprayed-on jeans). And except for the scene where Elmo runs around her, you never see how short the dress is.

Posted by: mapleleaves1 | September 27, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

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