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-
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?
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