CBS definitely does not want a repeat of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Superbowl. The network fought the irate FTC’s $550,000 fine over the "nipplegate" incident as perpetrated by Justin Timberlake.
The FCC issued this statement about the decision to revoke the fine: "While we are disappointed by the court of appeal's decision, we note that the court overturned the FCC's 2006 forfeiture order on narrow procedural grounds. In the meantime, the FCC will continue to use all of the authority at its disposal to ensure that the nation's broadcasters fulfill the public interest responsibility."
Today, the network released an internal memo that was leaked to the press advising performers (and audience members) on the proper attire for the upcoming music awards show airing Feb. 13.
“Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong-type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy undercurves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure.
Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST.
This as well, pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory."
Based on past appearances, nominees Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Florence Welch or Adele are unlikely to be flashing flesh either on the red carpet or onstage. Rihanna and Katy Perry? Possibly. Beyonce? Doubt it. Nicki Minaj might be a definite, however.
Had such an edict been issued a decade ago, we would have been deprived of the following memorable Grammy fashion moments: Jennifer Lopez's sheer green Versace scandalous gown from 2000; Toni Braxton's revealing 2001 white Richard Tyler dress that looked like she was wearing four strips of white toilet paper; Lady Gaga's raw meat dress; Rihanna's 2011 white ruffled sheer gown or her 2012 very low cut black Armani gown.
The Grammys warning about sheer clothing, butt cheeks and thong underwear could have been inspired by Pink’s 2010 high-wire act when she sang "Glitter in the Air" while suspended and twirling in the air, looking very bare (she was wearing a nude bodysuit and nothing was revealed).
What do you think about the CBS fashion edict? Is it a good idea? Or will it spoil the show?