The GEM Debate: Grammy Garb Guidelines.. Good Idea?

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The GEM Debate:
Grammy Garb Guidelines.. Good Idea? 

Well golly gee, look at all those G’s..

G is also the first letter in “good:, which is what those stars attending the 2013 Grammy Awards better be, per CBS. Producers put out a memo spelling it all out.

“Date: February 5, 2013, 10:39:56 PM EST
Subject: 55th GRAMMYS: Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory

-kindly confirm receipt of s&p standards-

***GRAMMYS 2013***

CBS Program Practices advises that all talent appearing on camera please adhere to Network policy concerning wardrobe.

Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves 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. “

 

 

Annnnnd there you go. It doesn’t get much plainer than this, does it? And from this mother of two, a  hearty, AMEN!

I mean really, every time we watch TV, we’re bombarded with commercials telling us how to solve that erectile dysfunction, hemorrhoids or that pesky “time-of-the-month” problem; God forbid you turn on an awards show and have to tell your seven-year-old the difference between real and silicone.

Look, I am not a prude (I’M NOT!) but I can totally understand where CBS is coming from. As someone who has spent  a lot of time in television, I know well, the difference between broadcast and cable (you can read my analysis of it here). But the upshot is, cable providers have more leeway because their product is essentially “paid for” by subscribers whereas anyone with a TV set, electricity and a set of rabbit ears can watch broadcast television, including kids.

My husband, Buff says producers should have said nothing because, knowing celebrities and their stylists, this was like throwing down the gauntlet; he thinks they’ll be working overtime to find a way to expose JUUUUST the right amount of skin and still get past the censors.

So what do you think about the Great Grammy Cover-up? Good idea? Bad idea? Will it make you more prone to watch?

Take the poll!

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Rene Syler is a wife, mother, breast cancer advocate and television personality whose burning desire to tell the truth about modern motherhood led her to create GoodEnoughMother.com. When not spending time with her family or burning something for dinner, Rene travels the country as host of Sweet Retreats on The Live Well Network and Exhale on Aspire.

2 Comments

  1. Sandy Smith Seale

    February 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    First I’d like to say when I first read the title on FB I read it “granny” so a whole different image occured :) Back to topic. There is definitely a line between sexy & slutty. I’m no prude either but many/most awards shows can be a family affaair so would be nice if they stuck to the sexy part of that. I honestly think the ones who put it all out there are exhibitionists or publicity hounds who know they’ll get lots of mileage out of exposed bits…..but I question if the right exposure (pardon the pun).

  2. Karen Baitch Rosenberg

    February 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Ummm … I can’t be the only one wondering … what exactly is “puffy bare skin” in the genital region, per this memo?

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