Amid all of the controversy about Katy Perry working with Sesame Street, I thought it might be a good idea to ask if modern, conservative parents are going too far?
I, personally, have found nothing wrong with Perry's performance for Sesame Street. This also makes me wonder about the comments from the parents about Perry's outfit being too revealing. Primarily, I find that Perry's outfit was nothing out of the ordinary that you wouldn't see at any beach, public pool, or water park. Do these parents take their children to these places? Do they find that when they go to these places that they need to bring their child back home? More than likely not. How about the mall? When you take your child to the mall do you complain that some of the more fashionable dressers are wearing clothing that is too revealing?
I believe in censoring inappropriate material for children. I also believe that it's probably not the greatest idea to let your child watch things like the Playboy Channel. There are certain things in life that should not be appropriate content for children. However, I do not feel that Perry's Sesame Street performance would be unacceptable to my child.
Are we now letting conservative America choose what's right for our children to view on television? Do the parents that objected to this expect guest performers and stars on Sesame Street to now wear burqas because someone showed a small amount of cleavage? I'm pretty sure that most children by the age of three already know what breasts are. I'm also pretty sure that there are not too many children alive at the moment that are scared of breasts.
I would like to ask America if you feel that you would rather censor what your child watches, or would you rather let conservative America censor what your child watches? I, personally, feel that it is my responsibility as a parent to choose what is appropriate for my child. I also feel that I do not prefer conservative America to choose what my child watches either, as I prefer to educate my child about modern conservatism in my own way. Furthermore, I feel the US government should not be censoring what my child watches either, as there are many more issues at hand that the US government should concern themselves with. Most importantly, the issues and challenges that the US government faces today will create the America of tomorrow for my child. I prefer to have the government actually work on major issues that will benefit the society that my child will be inheriting.