Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen Immortalized in Sesame Street Sketch Starring Cookie Monster

Remember the beginning of Ke$ha's career when we were all thinking "Jeez, will this girl just go away already? Wait, play "TiK ToK again!" and then the song was featured in one of the better opening sequences of The Simpsons in recent years and we knew she'd be around forever? Well, history has a funny way of repeating itself, because Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable "Call Me Maybe," the "TiK ToK" of 2012, has been spoofed in a Sesame Street sketch starring Cookie Monster (aka Cookie Rae Jepsen. I made that up), called "Share It Maybe."

In the full-length clip, Cookie Monster (who, for those of you who didn't grow up in the 80s, 90s or 00s and don't have kids, is a blue monster obsessed with...hey, you guessed it!) makes his way surreptitiously through an office in pursuit of a bowl of cookies that seems to continually elude him. In increasing desperation, he sings "you got cookie! So share it maybe?" and other clever lyrics like:
You took your time with the bite,
Me trying to stay polite
Me start to really freak out
Please someone call a Girl Scout

Me no grumble or grouse
This take a toll on me house
Me going off me rocker
Please feed me Betty Crocker!
Then the office workers launch into a nice little choreographed dance that might look familiar. Jepsen herself even shows up in a clever, very Sesame Street touch when two office workers share some cookies while watching the original music video (not, sadly, the part where the shredded gardener takes off his shirt).

It's not the first time the pop world and Sesame Street have crossed paths. One of the more notorious recent examples was when a clip of Katy Perry playing with Elmo and singing a spoof of her hit "Hot 'N' Cold" was pulled when "concerned parents" objected to how much decolletage was displayed (hardly any, but apparently these moms don't want their 3 year old kids seeing any breasts except when they're breastfeeding. AND NO WIRE HANGERS!). Cookie Monster also appears as a comically icky euphemism in Perry's dirty "Dressin' Up," from the Teenage Dream - The Complete Confection re-release.

For those of you who worry, Cookie Monster does eventually obtain a cookie. Several, in fact. This is Sesame Street, after all.

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