Keep breasts, buttocks under wraps, CBS tells Grammy performers

LOS ANGELES Thu Feb 7, 2013 2:38pm EST

Pink performing and Rihanna arriving at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010. REUTERS/Staff

Pink performing and Rihanna arriving at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Grammy performers have been told to cover up at Sunday's big music awards show, and keep their buttocks, nipples and genitals under wraps. Their politics can't show either.

In a "wardrobe advisory," broadcaster CBS also asked musicians and audience members likely to appear on camera at the February 10 Grammy Awards ceremony to avoid wearing brand names on T-shirts as well as clothing with political or activist slogans.

"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," said the memo issued by CBS standards and practices department and obtained by entertainment industry website Deadline.com on Wednesday.

"Obscenity or partially seen obscenity on wardrobe is unacceptable for broadcast," the note added.

The warning follows a lengthy court battle over indecency and obscenity standards on U.S. network television.

CBS, a unit of CBS Corp, was fined $550,000 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 show in 2004.

The fine was later thrown out and that decision was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012. CBS has expressed "deep regret" for the incident.

The annual Grammy Awards ceremony honors the best musicians of the year, but is also a major promotional showcase for rising stars and upcoming albums.

In 2010, singer Pink performed upside down in a flesh-colored bodysuit, while Rihanna last year wore a plunging black dress on the red carpet.

Performers at Sunday's three-hour show in Los Angeles include Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys and Elton John.

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (8)
GroverSage wrote:
First Amendment anybody?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Yet……..CBS, a unit of CBS Corp, was fined $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission

Government cannot post a list of words not allowed in public. They CAN fine you into poverty if they don’t like it. This has always been true.

People don’t have an “insurance coverage” to say anything. Get it?????

Feb 07, 2013 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
annmac38 wrote:
Since the Grammys have descended into vulgarity, I thank CBS for anything they can do to force a little decency. Of course, considering who appears on the Grammys now, I don’t think it will do any good. And GroverSage, you really wasted a lot of space on your comment.

Feb 07, 2013 4:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Grover, the fine was thrown out. The system works and your rant was pointless.

Feb 07, 2013 5:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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