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Thursday, September 23, 2021

While Katy Perry applied the requisite Kidz Bop re-lyricism to her song “Hot N Cold” for a duet with Elmo on “Sesame Street”, she neglected to clean up the rest of her act:

After the clip hit YouTube Monday, Gawker ran a story that called attention to the video and Katy’s look. Parents checking out the video began leaving critical comments like, “Couldn’t she wear something that was more. oh idk. APPROPRIATE” and “I DO NOT want my five year old lookin at [that]!” But, as TMZ notes, Perry wasn’t actually half-naked — her outfit featured a flesh-colored mesh top that went all the way up to her neck, like a figure-skating costume.

Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the show, responded to the controversy this morning by announcing that producers have decided to pull the song from the broadcast version of the program. The clip will remain online at KatyPerry.com, however, so the singer’s more mature fans can watch it.

And here’s that “mature” performance, boobies and all:

As usual, a lot of huffing-puffing outrage from parents who are projecting their own hang-ups onto their children. Although I admit that Perry should have thought twice before donning anything flesh-colored for a children’s television appearance. Or did she think she would be performing with the infamous rogue Elmo from Times Square?

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/23/2010 11:25pm
Category: Celebrity, Pop Culture, TV, Women
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So I guess it’s a foregone conclusion that anything you send to an “info@[website.com]” email address will be neither read, nor responded to?

I guess I should know better. I sent a query to such an address a couple of days ago, because I had no other point of contact with the organization. I kept the question short and sweet, figuring that a reply would be a longshot. Sure enough, my deadline for getting an answer is fast approaching, and there’s been radio silence.

At this point in the Web’s development, is there even any point in providing such a generic mailto link? I think most of us presume that it leads to some overstuffed inbox that no one behind the scenes truly owns, and thus is never checked. What’s the point of sending anything into such a black hole? It’s very much a Web 1.0 relic of templated website design and structure.

I say we dispense with the “info@” address, Internet-wide. Unless it’s an email address assigned to an actual person, it doesn’t count. And, since most people don’t manage their inboxes all that well these days either, there’s always the social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, where a corporate communications presence is increasingly expected. The concept of a website-wide “info” blind-box is downright passe.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/23/2010 08:33pm
Category: Internet
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