In 2004, major US commercial broadcasting television network CBS Broadcasting Inc. (CBS) was slapped with a USD550,000 (RM1.65 million) fine by the Federal Communications Commission for airing a glimpse of Janet Jackson’s breast when her costume “slipped” while singing at the Super Bowl half-time. Albeit brief, that “moment” was seen by millions.
We don’t doubt that though judging by how huge the Super Bowl is.
As the other widely watched annual event creeps just around the corner, the broadcaster doesn’t want to taking any more chances. In a “wardrobe advisory”, CBS asked Grammy performers to cover up and to keep their, uh, body parts under wraps. The “warning” was also directed to the nominees, musicians, and other attendees who are likely to appear on camera on 10th February 2013 (Sunday).
The memo that came from the desk of the CBS standards and practices department specifically stated:
Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare flesh under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Obscenity or partially seen obscenity on wardrobe is unacceptable for broadcast.
This means that some of the most “epic” Grammy outfits of all time such as Toni Braxton’s 2001 Grammys dress, Jennifer Lopez’s
Kleenex “barely there” Versace dress as well as more recent outfits worn by Lady Gaga and Pink are definitely “unsuitable”.
Oh, whoops. Artistes, take heed!
Meanwhile, to view the full list of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards nominees, click!