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Katy Perry

Katy Perry on Saturday Night Live

In retrospect, Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold” remake video with Elmo from Sessame Street that got banned was really not that questionable. I mean, we’ve pretty much allowed shorter skirts since the 1960’s. The song was reworded as a friendship, as opposed to sex.

Yet this video – which really wasn’t that great and most likely forgettable in one week – became viral in only a couple days. Why? Because someone felt it was too racy and pulled it.

So because of that, everybody has to see what is so bad about this video. It also became fodder for comedians and skit shows. Those like Saturday Night Live.

Katy participated in a skit called “Bronx Beat”: one of those segments that I normally ignore because they always seem to be over the top and have little thought in them. But Katy comes out as Maureen Dichico, a teen who “Blossomed” since the hosts last saw her.

Katy Perry on Sesame Street

Katy Perry on Sesame Street

Perry walked in and the crowd went wild. She sported an Elmo t-shirt. The shirt was customized to really show Perry’s cleavage. Enough to make you stare right into Elmo’s eyes.

If it wasn’t for the fact that someone can take a video like that and paste up on different sites, this might not have been an issue. It’s amazing how with Facebook, people can link to that video and comment.

How many times have we seen this? Good and bad things like: Pants on the Ground! Susan Boyle and Dancing babies to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”. Double Rainbows, too.

Last year’s blowout by Leo Laporte over whether he gives positive reviews to items he receives (in this case, the Palm Pre). The Gilmore Gang then had to produce shows on their own afterwards and really hasn’t been as exciting since. But the fact that Leo said “Screw You” and other choice words, the social media community went wild.

So what have we learned from the Katy Perry video?

  1. semi-controversial videos can get popular
  2. Don’t wear short dresses on Sesame Street where Elmo runs around the bare legs
  3. Don’t allow the video on the internet.
  4. Don’t ban a video 1 week before the artist appears on Saturday Night Live.
  5. The sale of Elmo T-shirts with customizations might increase (especially since Halloween is coming up)

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