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Nearly one million people have already viewed the original clip on YouTube, which has since been pulled, but countless other versions of the spot still remain. Originally slated to air on New Year's Eve, the Katy Perry 'Sesame Street' episode in question shows the 25-year-old singer performing a kid-friendly version of her hit 'Hot N Cold' with Elmo in a low-cut dress with an attached flesh-colored mesh piece that goes all the way to her neck. Despite the extra piece of fabric, parents didn't think the outfit was appropriate for kids.
TMZ reports that parents quickly fired off angry letters demanding that it not to be broadcast. "They're gonna have to rename it cleavage avenue," "You can practically see her t--s. That's some wonderful children's programming," and "My kid wants milk now" were some of the hate-mail highlights.
In the end, 'Sesame Street' decided to side with the parents of their television audience, releasing the following statement:
"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. 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."