When I was watching Good Morning America one day last week I hadn’t heard this story about Katy Perry being on Sesame Street never mind they weren’t going to air it. Parent’s called in and complained that Sesame Street was dependable. That we can put our kids in front of the TV for that show and run take a shower. We can depend that it’s for our kids. We can count on the fact that it will ALWAYS be appropriate. So they released this statement:
“in light of the feedback we’ve received…….we have decided we will not air the segment on the television broadcast of Sesame Street.”
I read the blogs and people were very divided on the whole brouhaha. Some people said things like “get a life,” and “her dress wasn’t “that” bad” and “you see a lot worse.” Then there were the “I count on this time to shower” or “I don’t have to sit right there and monitor the tv and I can do other chores.”
I was thinking about this one day about a month ago. Christopher (6 years old) was here with me for a while in the evening. I had on one of my soaps that I DVR’d earlier in the week and he was on the computer so I turned it on. It was an episode of All My Children and one of the main characters called someone a son of a bitch. I turned it off and watched it later but you know what? That program is on at noon every single day. I later noticed they now say shit and bastard too.
So, do we really need anyone singing and dancing on Sesame Street like it’s MTV? Do we really need anything inappropriate on this show to begin with? I didn’t find the dress offensive but I didn’t care for the part where Emo’s running around her knees and it would appear,when he looked up, he could see up her dress. I just don’t feel it necessary for Sesame Street. Also, for the people who say “there’s worse.” To them I say “we trust and count on Sesame Street to be appropriate for our young audience.”
Jason used to just love Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street would follow. I’d lay Toby down for his nap after lunch and turn on these two shows for Jason and I could bathe or prepare supper or even sit down and read and KNOW what he was going to see was going to be okay for his age. I do however feel Sesame Street shouldn’t have let her wear this dress to begin with. In fairness to her, she showed up and did what she thought she was supposed to do. I think they should have manned up and told her to dress appropriately for the under 5 crowd.
This is how I feel. There are so few shows for toddlers that aren’t either a cartoon or irritating to no end. Tweens have their shows and then you have the cartoons but this is a good, stable “quiet time” show for little kids.
I mean really, does a toddler really need to see stuff like this? Doesn’t this all come soon enough as it is? We can’t change time and we can’t go back and undo some of the crap on TV but at least when our kids are watching Sesame Street, we know that we won’t have to explain “if you have an erection for more than 4 hours, see your physician.” It’s somewhat sacred.
How do you feel about this? Am I just getting old? I guess I feel kids grow up too soon as it is and some things, like Sesame Street shouldn’t change no matter how much the world is going down the crapper. Do you think TV in general goes too far sometimes?