CBS eye on guard: no boobs or butts, please

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS LIFE - By Wes­ley Low­ery

LOS AN­GE­LES — Celebri­ties walking the car­pet in flashy, wild and re­veal­ing out­fits has come to be an ex­pected part of the award show ex­pe­ri­ence, and the Gram­mys are no dif­fer­ent.

But on the heels of a Su­per Bowl broad­cast that in­cluded the game MVP drop­ping an f-bomb on na­tional TV, CBS ex­ec­u­tives have reached out to those at­tend­ing mu­sic’s big­gest night with a sim­ple di­rec­tive: cover up.

Ac­cord­ing to an emailed “Wardrobe Ad­vi­sory” sent by the net­work’s Stan­dards and Prac­tices com­mit­tee — first ob­tained and re­ported by Dead­line — the net­work wants all breasts and but­tocks to be cov­ered.

“Thong type cos­tumes are prob­lem­atic,” reads the email. “Please avoid ex­pos­ing bare fleshy un­der curves of the but­tocks and but­tock crack. Bare sides or un­der cur­va­ture of the breasts is also prob­lem­atic.”

CBS ex­ec­u­tives, seem­ingly con­cerned with the po­ten­tial of wardrobe mal­func­tions, also cau­tion against sheer see-through cloth­ing, which could “pos­si­bly ex­pose fe­male breast nip­ples.”

The email spells out — in cap­i­tal let­ters — that ob­scen­ity on cloth­ing is un­ac­cept­able.

Some of the most mem­o­rable Grammy out­fits — in­clud­ing Jen­nifer Lopez’s 2000 Grammy out­fit, a nearly-see through green­blue dress slit di­rectly down the front, as well as more re­cent out­fits worn by artists such as Lady Gaga, Ri­hanna and Pink — would cer­tainly not meet the CBS guide­lines.

CBS of­fi­cials did not re­turn calls for com­ment, but the net­work has been proac­tive and de­fen­sive about celebrity at­tire dur­ing its broad­casts in the past.

Af­ter broad­cast­ing the in­fa­mous Janet Jack­son nip­ple slip dur­ing the 2004 Su­per Bowl half­time show, CBS told Jack­son and Justin Tim­ber­lake that they must apol­o­gize dur­ing that year’s Gram­mys in or­der to ap­pear. He did, she didn’t.

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