Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, starring Bill Barretta, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash, Joan Ganz Cooney and Whoopi Goldberg, opens in theaters Friday, October 21. The documentary takes a look at the life and amazing work of the man behind Sesame Street’s Elmo – Kevin Clash.
The pop star shot a special guest segment for the programme, in which s he sings a child-friendly version of her chart hit Hot N Cold with belove d puppet character Elmo.
The clip, filmed as part of the upcoming 41st season of Sesame Street, recently hit the internet – sparking a wave of complaints from parents co ncerned Perry’s low-cut dress was too revealing for kids’ TV.
The deluge of criticism prompted TV executives to axe Perry’s New Year’ s Eve appearance altogether – but top producer Carol-Lynne Pare nte admits she was surprised by the fuss the clip caused – because they didn’t think the footage of Perry’s bouncing cleavage was that bad.
Parente says, “We would never produce anything we thought was inappropr iate. We were surprised not only by the amount of feedback, but how fast it came in. It was a lot.” Parente insists not all comments were complaints but show bosses decide d to ditch the segment to avoid any further controversy.
She explains, “We have a great interactive relationship with our viewers. They trust Sesame Street and we take that seriously. Parents’ opinions are very important to us.” And Parente still stands by Perry’s talents as a singer, describing her as “a wonderful musical talent”, adding, “We had a great time.” Perry has since posted footage of her appearance on her official websit e so fans can judge for themselves.
Katy Perry has no hard feelings towards Sesame Street for axing her skit with Elmo. Producers of the children’s show decided to cut Perry’s appearance after receiving complaints from parents about the singer’s low cut outfit in the segment.
“‘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,” Sesame Street producers said in a statement. “In light of the feedback we’ve received on the Katy Perry music video which was released on YouTube only, we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street, which is aimed at pre-schoolers. Katy Perry fans will still be able to view the video on YouTube.”
“Wow looks like my play date with Elmo has been cut short!” Perry joked in a Twitter post.
Perry’s fiancé Russell Brand also had something to say about it. “Today’s Sesame Street will NOT be brought to you by the number 34 or the letter D,” he wrote.
“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sex-with-me Street?” Brand later added.