On Episode 45 the cast mentioned 3 different gems from their childhood. Diane mentioned Mr. Peppermint.
Jon mentioned “Leif Ericson,” a music video which was featured on Encyclopedia, a children’s show which aired on HBO.
Jill remembered the song “I’m a Hard Working Dog” from Sesame Street.
“Twelve stories high, made of radiation.” On Today’s show, Jon and Jill share memories of early children’s television and then bicker while Diane dusts off her 12 gauge. Topics of discussion include a bill which would allow students to carry guns on college campuses, Rahm Emanuel posting a $2,500 bounty to discover the identity of a twitter imposter, a crime-fighting DNA spray, and a man who finally got that darn knife surgically removed from his head after being stabbed 4 years ago. Other topics include one homophobe’s hypocritical tattoo and what one woman will do if you steal her girl scout cookies.
This week’s featured song is “Smarter” by Eisley. Their next album, “The Valley” will be released March 1st.
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The cast and I briefly discussed this story about Katy Perry last episode. In brief, I found it offensive that Perry, while performing at her alma mater, in an act of revenge dedicated her song “Ur So Gay” to a boy who snubbed her romantic advances years ago. Perhaps I am overly sensitive, but English comedian Simon Amstell commented best on this subject on the show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Well, this past week Perry’s berries caused a mild controversy when the producers of Sesame Street yanked her episode off the air due to her bodacious cleavage. I have seen the clip and yes, she is rocking some major cleavage. However, I interpreted her costume to be nothing more than a Faerie Princess costume. Was it low cut? Yes. Should it have been that low cut? Probably not, but she is a pop star…and I don’t think a four or five year old would notice or care.
Let’s get real. The only ones offended (in my opinion) were the parents. Perhaps with reason, that sort of cleavage looks better on Miss Piggy. Today on The View Elisabeth Hasselbeck used the “slippery slope” argument…stating “what will come, next”?
Personally, I think this is much ado about nothing. It annoys me that some parents are citing that they are “protecting” their children, as if cleavage was dangerous… In the end, Sesame Street and Perry got some press, and late night talk show hosts got some material. What do you think? Did the producers make the right call?