Tuesday, September 28, 2010

“Can you tell me how to get ...?”

Back in the late 1960s, at the height of the Haight-Asbury phase of popular culture, concession to commercial demands was a sign that a recording artist was "selling out," presumedly giving into "the Man" for the sake of a dollar, to the detriment of his craft, or the message of profound social import. At least that's what they told everybody, supposedly as a publicity stunt, which would also have been a concession to commercial demands.

Now it works the other way around. Hmmm.

A few years ago, a pop singer named Katy Perry did a song entitled "I Kissed A Girl," a pathetic drivel about a teenaged girl who was curious about same-sex attraction. Recently she was scheduled to be on the PBS children's program "Sesame Street." For the occasion, she wore a stunning ensemble that left too little to the imagination for some in the Catholic blogosphere. They are truly outraged at such moral depravity. So what do they do? They put a full-size copy of the video on their blogs. Way to get the point (or "points" if you prefer) across, guys!

Meanwhile, Russell Brand tweets about Perry's canceled episode of the children's show:

Today's "Sesame Street" will NOT be brought to you by the number 34 or the letter D.


The producers of the show have a long history of appealing to both children's and adult audiences. This was to be no exception. Apparently they thought they might have gone a little too far in this case, and so the YouTube segment that's caused so much fuss will be featured separately at their own YouTube channel -- not to mention a Catholic blog near you.

Fortunately, we're WAY too clever to follow the crowd. Go ahead, click on the image. It's not a clip. The video's kinda stupid, but it's got a great beat, and you can dance to it (when no one's watching). I'll give it an 85. As to finding it, you're on your own, boys and girls!

UPDATE: AOL News contributor David Fagin takes us “behind the music.”

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