Trust says Sav­age’s thrust OK


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ROB­BIE Sav­age’s Michael Jack­son-style pelvic thrusts on Strictly Come Danc­ing did not breach the “gen­er­ally ac­cepted guide­lines” but part of the rou­tine was at “the mar­gins of ac­cept­abil­ity”, ac­cord­ing to the BBC Trust.

The BBC re­ceived hun­dreds of com­plaints af­ter the for­mer footie star ( above) danced with Ola Jor­dan to Jack­son’s hit Bad last year, and fin­ished his rou­tine by leap­ing on the judge’s desk.

The trust’s Ed­i­to­rial Stan­dards Com­mit­tee (ESC) in­ves­ti­gated and con­cluded the final hip thrust was “a hu­mor­ous punc­tu­a­tion rather than some­thing that has sex­u­ally ex­plicit over­tones”.

But two view­ers ap­pealed against the ESC decision and said Sav­age’s rou­tine was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate... dur­ing fam­ily viewing time”.

The com­mit­tee ruled that some view­ers might find it “taste­less and vul­gar” but it “did not ex­ceed au­di­ence ex­pec­ta­tions”.

Its re­port con­cluded “It met ‘gen­er­ally ac­cepted stan­dards’.”

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