Ofcom, a British media watchdog, is launching an investigation to see whether the singers’ performances have breached a broadcasting code of conduct that states “children must be protected by appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for them.”
An ITV spokeswoman released a response, saying “We are confident that the performances given by our guest artistes on Saturday were appropriate for the show.”
In related inappropriate-content-on-X-Factor news, Simon Cowell stopped Take That’s backup dancers from wearing riot cop costumes on the show. The group’s performance was filmed mere days after a violent clash between police and students in London during tuition-related protests, and Cowell thought the outfits would be in poor taste. Right-o on that one, Simon.
Take a second look at Christina and Rihanna’s performances and tell us whether you think their moves and outfits were “unsuitable” for children. We’d understand parents going nuts if “Express” resembled anything like an actual burlesque show, but it comes off as fairly tame to us. Plus, neither performer is wearing anything all that shocking — in fact, RiRi’s two-piece provides more coverage than your typical bikini.
So what gives? It’s not as if Xtina and RiRi were, say, miming oral sex on one another. Now that would be faint-inducing!