Breasts, Buttocks, Genitals Ban At Grammys – But Also Message-Sending Lapel Pins

Isn’t it pointless for CBS Standard And Practice to issue this ‘Wardrobe Advisory’ in advance of the 55th Annual Grammys broadcast this Sunday when nudity is the norm at that awards show? (Photo is Pink at her 2010 Grammy performance upside down and nearly naked in a flesh-colored bodysuit.) “I assume that my lovely colleagues do not get this same email for the Oscars,” my source texts. “And yes, this is a real email.” But no laughing matter are the last sentences: “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.” Does that include the American Flag, AIDS, breast cancer, and other widely accepted wardrobe embellishments? (Edited):

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.

Comments (363)

  • Really? Could someone please explain what is “‘puffy’ bare skin exposure of the genital region?” And, “under curves?” Seriously? Good to know that these ARE the burning issues of the day. BTW: The grown-up name for “buttock crack” is “anal cleft.”

    Comment by anon5 — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 8:54am PST  
    • Obviously, the human body is destroying our nation’s potential, and not endless military intervention overseas. U-S-A! U-S-A!

      Comment by beamish13 — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:10am PST  
      • So this is how you justify your indecency and immorality?

        Comment by nilochsaloob — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:33am PST  
        • Perhaps more to the point would be to say that history is replete with examples of great nations dying from sociological decay.

          The problem is that it’s not as obvious as war.

          Comment by Khadijah — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:04pm PST  
          • “Moral Decay” was first identified by Cicero c.70 A.D., who also identified the cause; currency debasement through inflation favors debtors (who can pay back with money that is worth less than what they borrowed) which ends up creating an amoral ‘live for today’ attitude.

            Comment by Tommy Maq — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:08pm PST  
          • Amen.

            Comment by betty boop — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:21am PST  
          • Blame the decline of a great nation on “sociological decay.” HA! Someone has been living under a rock for the last 8 years… SO it is us hard working normal folk, not the politicians, banks or the corporate influence that has been undermining our laws and representation for over a decade. No, it’s the occasional curse word or nip slip on the TV…..Pathetic.

            Comment by warren — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:41am PST  
        • indecency never needs justification.

          Comment by ed anger — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 2:05pm PST  
        • Give CBS a break. They are simply trying to break even on a broadcast that doesn’t garner as much viewership as Anderson Cooper. It’s been years since anyone with children has dared to watch the “stars” cavorting around half naked. No one with kids wants them to see that or think that kind of behavior is responsible or appropriate. The degradation and objectification of bodies especially were it concerns our children, especially girls is not enhancing the potential for anything except a nation of whores and johns who have no integrity and no self worth. But I guess that’s part of the playbook too. Right?

          Comment by seammahair — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 3:14pm PST  
          • Agreed. There seems to be no more private parts in Hollywood. Its, “Give those women drugs and they will degrade themselves and our country in a second”. Its a hate God, Christianity, Country, Decency and Heterosexuals propaganda fest. We haven’t allowed these disgusting programs into our home in many years.

            Comment by pjd — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 3:54pm PST  
          • That vulgar ‘performance’ by Beyonce was so beyond the pale. Do these people not realize that the Super Bowl is watched by FAMILIES with CHILDREN, including LITTLE GIRLS? It was repulsive, disgusting and sickening. What on earth is wrong with these people? Were they raised in a barn? Bah.

            Comment by Francesca — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:15pm PST  
          • It cheered me to read this about CBS. Good for them. For goodness sake lets have one show where a family can sit down and watch. I’ve got a nine year old daughter, and it would be great if I could trust the broadcast networks to adhere to some standards again.

            I’m not a prude. Diversity in programming means that…diversity…

            Comment by Old School — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:47am PST  
          • We have to protect our kids from EVER seeing small parts of human anatomy. Both of my youngest daughters LOVE to play violent video games for hours. That I don’t mind. It is hilarious to see them shoot as many people as they can with their weapons. Knives are great too. Violence, yes. But the shape of a small edge of a bottom of a left breast? No. Far too horrible!

            Comment by Jill R. — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 9:05am PST  
          • Thank you, CBS. I bet there are many more Americans who will join in supporting this long-delayed backlash against turning every TV show into a replica of the stripper club culture. I’m also sure that many self-proclaimed sophisticated voices in the entertainment industry will condemn this as a move by old fogies to censor “cutting edge” trends, rather than an attempt to maintain some semblance of common decency in our mass culture. But most Americans simply want recognition of the fact that there is a time and place for most everything. People obsessed with scantily clad females can find them 24 hours a day, on any number of TV channels, via Netflix, and on YouTube. We’re fed up with this vulgar culture being thrown in our faces–especially, for heaven’s sake, on the very TV programs that are supposedly honoring genuine talent, not sex objects.

            CBS’s act, and the public’s approval, combines with the widespread disapproval of another recent example of the attempt to make strip club culture mainstream: Beyonce’s glorified hootch-kootchy halftime performance. (Yes, there is widespread disapproval, despite the media’s effort to disguise that fact). For the first time, I am encouraged to believe that the tide is beginning to turn against the coarsening of American mass culture at the hands of the hip hop, rap purveyors of filth.

            Comment by TomB — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 1:40am PST  
        • Well said.

          Comment by Thomas Orsi — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:23pm PST  
          • BTW – this was in response to ed, it was placed in the wrong stream by the blog.

            Comment by Thomas Orsi — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:25pm PST  
          • How about crotch pumping like Beyonce did at the Superbowl. Can they do that a million times in a skimpy teddy? The lack of decency and dignity by celebs today is disgusting & not surprising.

            Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 8:29pm PST  
          • It’s amazing that some people have such limited thinking as to believe that showing a body is obscene but war and violence are fine. All the sentiment against the half time show? Wow, blew my mind. Beyonce *always* performs like that, and for the information of those parents who think their kids are so innocent, wake up! Kids watch TV and movies and they absorb what they see. I have a 15 year old daughter who started dancing “sexy” in a way, back when she was 8. That’s because most female performers today – and back then – dance that way. How many Disney actresses have gone on to do more adult performances? Even Haley Mills did an R-rated movie.

            Americans and American culture is so hung up on sexuality that it’s just sickening. In Europe, nudity and suggestiveness in music and in culture in general, doesn’t even raise an eyebrow. And their rate of sexual crime is far lower than anything in the United States. Maybe it’s all the increased disapproval of anything sexual that keeps sexual offences in the US at such a high rate. Nudity does not pervert. Nudity is just nudity. War and violence, especially on the evening news — now THAT perverts. Look at what happened in Newtown.

            Before people come down on Beyonce for her performance, maybe they should stop and consider how there are things far more worse in the world they should worry about – skimpy clothing and/or sexiness in the performance arts is just not worth worrying over. And that worry, and the constant talk about it, does far more worse to kids than the performances themselves.

            Comment by Johnny V — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:50am PST  
          • Beyond the pale? Born in a barn? You are still stuck in the dark ages.

            Comment by Kemosabe — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:27am PST  
        • Moral decay has led to the decline of the USA!

          Comment by George — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:45pm PST  
          • This is why the Muslims and other Countries hate us. They believe we are the Great Satan, and that we are polluting the world with our smut, filth, and greed.

            Comment by Amodeus — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:12pm PST  
          • Fact is there’d be no need for female celebrities to demean themselves by dressing in such a manner if any of them were actually talented or had an ounce of self-worth.

            Comment by gobnait — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:04pm PST  
          • any nation divided against itself will not stand. in the last days the “cup” of iniquity must fill up and then the end will come. folks, i believe we are in the last chapter not only for america but for the entire planet. then and only then will there be true love and peace and justice for all!

            Comment by graceman — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:42am PST  
          • Your DEcline would be many other’s INcline.

            Comment by Kemosabe — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:28am PST  
          • How did this turn into a great big Christian ideals circle jerk? Your all talk of moral decline being the reason for all our problems shows just how out of touch with reality you folks are. The world doesn’t care what we watch on TV it cares when we are occupying their country or bombing their house from 30,000 feet with a predator missile. The economy did not contract because people spent all their money at bars and strip clubs, our economic base was dismantled by those in power. Wake the f*ck up, you are probably some of the most sheltered fools on the planet. If you changed your argument towards “ethics in business” then you would be on to something. Social morality is a direct byproduct of a countries framework and its governing body.

            Comment by warren — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:54am PST  
          • You may be right, our moral decay offends the Muslims. However, I don’t think we should get into the habit of changing our own culture because of what “they” think. This is our country, not theirs. When other countries and religious beliefs start dictating how we act, that is an end to freedom. If WE choose to change, that is our business. I don’t think we should institute Sharia Law because we are afraid of what the Muslims think and might do to us.

            Comment by UnapologeticallyAmerican — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 7:14am PST  
          • I totally agree. Could not have said it better myself. People don’t seem to be aware of history. Every major empire that has ever existed fell soon after the moral decay of its people.

            Comment by Sandi — Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 4:49pm PST  
        • No one said it was ” indecency and immoral”. They just said they didn’t want it on their broadcast.

          Leave your personal agenda at home.

          Comment by John Smith — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:07pm PST  
          • What’s the point of having an agenda if you’re just going to leave it at home?

            Comment by Richard — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 2:47am PST  
          • How about the network leave THEIR agenda at home.

            Comment by jacob — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 3:39am PST  
          • John Smith does your “personal agenda” outweigh all others?

            Get a brain.

            Comment by enemy_of_the_statist — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 3:59am PST  
          • I agree, this is not about Religion, it’s about clothing. I think CBS should send a memo or have breaking news for the designers who make the clothing for the entertainers. The first thing that’s asked to someone attending is who are you wearing? This is why the people are overspending and living above their means because they want to live like Beyoncé and these other stars. This is for the people who are calling names and pointing fingers at these people. This has been going on since the beginning of time so lets not act like Marilyn Monroe was covered from head to toe or CoCoa T is always wearing a turtleneck. The Real Housewives are always wearing skimpy clothing and pole dancing and all other things I think young girls shouldn’t see, but I bet their mothers and some fathers can tell you all of their names and everything about the shows. We live in America and none of these ppl deserve to be talked about disrespectfully.

            Comment by tammy jones — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 9:36am PST  
          • “No one said it was ” indecency and immoral”. They just said they didn’t want it on their broadcast.”

            Right to the point.

            Comment by TomB — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 2:09am PST  
      • Not getting enough porn on the Internet that you have to throw it in the faces of primetime viewers? Seems like sensible guidelines when your audience could be anywhere from the G crowd to NC-17 eligible.

        Comment by Whiz — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:01pm PST  
        • Exactly. Time and place matter. Want to put “Victoria’s Secret” on CBS? Fine. No problem. Want to turn even the Grammys show into a replica of your local strip joint? Houston, we have a problem.

          Comment by TomB — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 2:12am PST  
      • Intervention??? That usually means that someone steps between an agressor and someone else. What we did was not an intervention. Whomever is writing your material needs to consult a dictonary. As for the military that helps to guarantee your right to complain, how about a shout out for them.

        Comment by Calvin — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:28pm PST  
      • ahhhh adults behaving badly on television, and we should be surprised?

        Advanced civilization is dead as we know it.

        Make them all wear uniforms like in Catholic School!!!

        Comment by jwc — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:25pm PST  
        • Yes that uniform could never be dirty.

          Comment by Johnecash — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:50pm PST  
          • A uniform that an innocent child in Catholic School wears should never be looked at in a sexual way or seen as dirty as you say. That is just sick.

            Comment by Sandi — Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 5:02pm PST  
        • Oh! yes please can’t beat a schoolgirl uniform………..

          Comment by richard hodds — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:13am PST  
        • Catholic School Girl Uniforms? Ok! Yes! I’d watch!

          Comment by Patty P. — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 9:07am PST  
        • The fact that people are taking your innocent post and turning into something sexual is very disturbing. Shows how sick and twisted people have become. Turning innocent school children into sex objects to lust after. Very perverse!

          Comment by Sandi — Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 4:55pm PST  
      • Please leave the planet forever………….

        Comment by snappy — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:32am PST  
      • Natives in certain areas have existed for tens of thousands of years wearing littler more than a thong and bare breasts exposed. In Europe you can walk around the streets in your speedo and you can’t go a couple blocks without seeing a nude woman on a billboard. If you think attire leads to the downfall of nations you are daft. Completely daft.

        Comment by Lady — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:13am PST  
        • “little” before the spelling police gets me.

          Comment by Lady — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:14am PST  
        • A hedonistic lifestyle does lead to the downfall of civilizations. Every major empire has fallen due to the immorality of it people. Problem is people are so uneducated and keep repeating the mistakes of past generations. The fact that there are areas where it is worse that the United States does not prove anything. If anything it just shows how closer those countries are to their downfall. It is definitely nothing to be proud of. In the US, close to 16 Billion dollars a year is spent on pornography. I think this sums up what’s in the heart of the people. Just pure filth.

          Comment by Sandi — Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 5:00pm PST  
    • No Cameltoes or Mooseknuckles allowed!

      Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:50am PST  
      • Moose Knuckle, LOL

        Comment by EZEE — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:49am PST  
      • What’s the male verson of cameltoe? Potato bulge?
        Don’t ballet dancers have this problem??? And we call that sophisticated dance.

        Also, what is moose knuckle?

        Comment by Shrugged — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:27pm PST  
        • I believe the male version of cameltoe is camel tail, or so says mrs_bill.

          Comment by mr_bill — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:14pm PST  
        • Uh, no. You notice the men in ballet simply because they go to great pains not to show you the outlines of the male portions of the anatomy. A dance belt (thong) is padded to prevent such “curvature” in the same way a hard cup makes baseball players look well endowed. For those too ignorant to comprehend they are doing you and themselves a favor, the thong portion also prevents butt cheeks from disrupting musculature beneath tights which are often the only form of costume for male dancers. You are supposed to pay attention to the dancing my friend, not whether they have a package or a nice ass. They dance so they always will have those two items. As dance is often lit from the left and right stage, they will almost always look larger thanks to shadows and defining angled focused theatrical lighting design.

          Comment by Rob — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:41pm PST  
          • Rob, if you believe that, have another latte, my friend.

            Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 6:43pm PST  
        • Google is your friend….

          Comment by IndyMason — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 6:49pm PST  
    • I had the same question and think that since they mention thongs being problematic I came up with labia perhaps?

      Comment by chrisinatl — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:51am PST  
      • Of course they mean labia – but they know their “celebrity” audience – who are too ignorant to know what the word labia means (or how to find out the definition of a word)…thus, “puffy”.

        Look, we’re talking a pretty ignorant, rancid crowd here.

        I imagine at the MTV awards they have to issue instructions in cartoon form…

        Hollywood – vanguard of the nation…

        Comment by cas127 — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:43am PST  
        • Speak for yourself, cas127. Some people consider the human body a beautiful artistic expression. They would consider YOU ignorant.

          Comment by SittingPat — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:12am PST  
          • Of course bodies can be beautiful (one in a thousand). The focus at the grammys should be on achievement and music. Showing your ass and breasts is just cheap attention-begging.

            Comment by paddyo — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:28am PST  
          • People considers the human body beautiful…but that doesn’t mean you can indecently expose it in public. Put your money where your mouth is… Go to work tomorrow wearing nothing. Let’s see how your “beautiful” body will be appreciated by the people you meet tomorrow.

            Comment by nilochsaloob — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:36am PST  
          • To all you who watch these filth fests, pls think of those who have to sit after the scantily clad have previously used the seat.

            Comment by pjd — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 4:02pm PST  
          • I think the human body is beautiful too. Particularly the female body. I think that we have seen every Hollywood female boob from the teens through Septuagenarian and now have been able to identify her arse and pubic hair. We are just bored with the whole exposure thing.

            Comment by Magter — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:25pm PST  
        • Excellent chacterization!

          Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:36am PST  
        • But puffies are the highlight of the evening.

          Comment by James Dean — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 6:47pm PST  
      • That would called “Ham Slice”.

        Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:03am PST  
    • So audience members can wear whatever they want? Whew!

      Comment by KC — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:56am PST  
      • Wrong! The e-mail from CBS Program Practices says “This as well, pertains to audience members that appear on camera”.

        Comment by TVinLA — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:02pm PST  
    • the IRONY in your comment is that the juvenile preachings seem to fit the juvenile choir…. and besides, who in their right mind would call butt crack, anal clef? what a weirdo….


      Comment by politicojames — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:58am PST  
    • “Camel toe”…..

      Comment by harcorth — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:15am PST  
    • If they don’t want the artists to express themselves then why secure the Grammy’s for broadcast?

      Comment by bix rudley — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:25am PST  
      • Expressing oneself automatically means that they have to be indecent? How stupid does that sound?

        Comment by nilohcsaloob — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:37am PST  
    • Puffy means they don’t want to see any camel toes.

      Comment by SinCityFinancier — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:48am PST  
      • as honey boo bo says a biscuit.

        Comment by BRANDIE — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:28am PST  
        • I seriously laughed out loud at your comment! By far the best one Thank you :)

          Comment by Deb C. — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 12:18am PST  
    • *gluteal cleft

      Comment by Bobo — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:54am PST  
    • They are talking about “Camel Toes”. Do a Google!

      Comment by kaw — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:00am PST  
    • come on anon5, tell me you know what puffy skin is ;”"”Really? Could someone please explain what is “‘puffy’ bare skin exposure of the genital region?” “”"
      its camel toe dude

      Comment by Al Capone — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:13am PST  
    • Look, I got the first FCC decency fines ever levied, way back in 1989. I got Howard Stern’s show fined $4.5 million by the FCC, and he blamed me for getting him off terrestrial radio. I was the Miami lawyer who got 2 Live Crew’s album declared obscene, and it was.
      You need a memo like this to this group of nitwits because as an industry they have no earthly idea what is appropriate to put into other peoples’ living rooms. If you weren’t dealing with a collection of egoist sociopaths you would not need a memo like this from CBS. But you do. It was MTV that ambushed CBS with the nip slip Super Bowl halftime show, so clearly CBS has learned a lesson even if them nihilists in the record industry have not.
      Jack Thompson

      Comment by Jack Thompson — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:21am PST  
      • If you are the real Jack Thompson, then, as a moral, decent individual, i am required to tell you to take a long walk on a short pier.

        If you are satirizing Jack Thompson, well done good sir, carry on.

        Comment by Jonah — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:17pm PST  
      • Thank you, Mr. Thomas, for your service to your country. I am absolutely serious. Keep up the good work.

        Comment by Susan — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:21pm PST  
      • completely agree. This is one reason I stopped watching this trash. I would love to start watching again, but until these nitwits get their clothes on, it won’t happen

        Comment by steve ramey — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:39pm PST  
      • Thank You Jack Thompson, don’t stop.

        Comment by Greg Goff — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 1:21pm PST  
      • Thank you for fighting for goodness and decency.

        Comment by pjd — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 4:07pm PST  
      • attaboy Jack.

        Comment by James Dean — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 6:50pm PST  
      • You are 100% right. Common decency left Hollywood and its immoral elk many years ago. They are so high on thier own hype, drugs, alcohol, self-importance, and total lack of family values…..they fail to practice any type of decency. As for me and my household…none of the self loving award shows appear on my TV…it is called self-censure. Only read this because it appeared on Drudge.

        Comment by rivos — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 8:22pm PST  
        • I live in Philly and our very liberal left wing rag newspaper even mentioned this is today’s edition which I believe is only in there to stir up the left wingers into a protest. Liberals think “free expression” means you can expose yourself and people must be forced to look; they think that when they speak everyone should be forced to listen. No one has mentioned yet that not only do many celebs expose themselves and call it “art” many of them have so many out of wedlock babies and carry them on their hips like babies are an accessory.
          Hollywood pushed smoking cigarettes as cool & normal back in the 50′s, 60′s; then went to war to force politicians to outlaw smoking even in your own home in some cities. Now, celebs make baby- making & nudity, drug use and foul language the norm in our nation – do you suppose they will ever try to end all of that one day with politicians at the helm? I doubt it; our earth will explode by then by the nuclear bomb N. Korea & Iran have for us.

          Comment by lyndaloo — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:13am PST  
        • “immoral elk”? Is that anything like the aforementioned moose knuckle?

          Comment by Groucho — Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 4:04pm PST  
      • It will be interesting to see if they display any of the Illuminati symbols or gestures as they have done in the past.

        Comment by Amodeus — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:37pm PST  
    • Really? Could someone please explain what is “‘puffy’ bare skin exposure of the genital region?” And, “under curves?” Seriously? Good to know that these ARE the burning issues of the day. BTW: The grown-up name for “buttock crack” is ‘anal cleft.’

      First of all…idiot…generally speaking, the Grammy’s participants are NOT adults, they’re generally, self-promoting, vain, self-absorbed children “artists” that, unless told how to act, will try anything for the purpose of self promotion. What’s really shocking is that the network has to tell them how to act in public. The network is not a springboard for your crappy, fledgling clothing line; your crappy political beliefs and causes; and your crappy, misinformed viewpoints. We don’t need to see your bush, tits, ass, etc., and, basically speaking, if that’s all you have to offer, you might have much bigger problems. There are times and places that are more appropriate AND EFFECTIVE for one to promote one’s causes, beliefs, etc. The Grammys are about music, not Darfur, Rihanna’s ass, oil spills, .coms, other people’s police records, etc. Let’s just keep it about the music and not the egos.

      Comment by Rialdo Minetti — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:46am PST  
      • I was about to post my comments when I read yours. I totally agree with everything you said. You took the words right out of my mouth. Enough is enough with these high paid, egotistical people you would think they have common sense and look in the mirror before they leave for the red carpet> I remember when glamour and class was presented by “decent” stars. You don’t need to be naked to look sexy….just saying.

        Comment by Sandy — Saturday February 9, 2013 @ 1:31am PST  
    • Apparently u don’t have children. When u have children it is an important matter!

      Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:06pm PST  
      • And apparently you do. Why does your having children have to affect the way other adults behave? No one forced you to have children, don’t force your parenting on the rest of us.

        Comment by Kim — Saturday February 16, 2013 @ 2:10pm PST  
    • …I always admired the term gluteal cleft myself….

      Comment by Barry bin Inhalin — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:27pm PST  
    • Get real. These are Rappers. Do you really think they would know and use the term “anal cleft”. They use “ass”, “Booty” “crack”. They would probably think Anal Cleft is a new get-a-way celebrity vacation spot in Europe.

      Comment by Shrugged — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:36pm PST  

      Comment by apinelli — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:36pm PST  
    • One word, Halal.

      Comment by writeleft — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:43pm PST  
    • Well, documented here. You seem to know where it is all at. I was just thinking of the Heart Attacks the Hayes Code used to conjure up with Harlow, West and Temple. (Ok, maybe it was not Temple). Clare Bo was a generation before.)as was Nazimiva. The “Heck”: with the spelling/ among other things

      Comment by john smith — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 12:49pm PST  
    • And the grownup term for “the fleshy under curves of the buttocks” is “subgluteal folds.” And while we’re at it, what’ with “the nipples of the female BREAST?” As opposed to what OTHER “female nipples?”

      Comment by aaron — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:19pm PST  
    • Could someone please explain what is “‘puffy’ bare skin exposure of the genital region?”

      That would be an uncovered Camel Toe.

      Comment by Benzin Bruder — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:53pm PST  
    • The “puffy” is a polite yet repressed refrence to what a modern human being would call “Camel Toe”.

      Comment by ClumBaby — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 6:05pm PST  
    • Please, this year let us TRY not to offend our Muslin friends. Avoid all things that are considered offensive. Please, could we at least try the burkas?

      Comment by James Dean — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 6:45pm PST  
    • What, are you stupid?

      Comment by mayasaay — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:09pm PST  
    • For those who are not aware of the FCC fines and violations agreements for televised broadcasts – the list provided is means to avoid fines, injunction and possible loss of license to air. CBS has to cover itself because the FCC can fine them and/or shut them down for said violations. So, for the ‘talent’, this means cover your junk!

      Comment by Emme — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:22pm PST  
    • Republicans…got a hate on for everything

      Comment by Crazy — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:09pm PST  
      • I think you have fallen into the brainwashing propaganda tactic by the liberals that repubs are the ones over-regulating and doing all the hating. It is the liberal who put people into groups then pit them against each other (look to their leader Obama who does it on a daily basis). It is the liberal who is forcing people into poverty, the unemployment lines, higher taxes, skyrocketing food stamp use, welfare, then blaming someone else for all the problems.
        If you don’t know who Dennis Prager is then I suggest you listen to his radio show and open your closed lemming-like mind to hear the truth.
        “When Government Replaces God” is a great sermon by Dr. Tony Evans – it has liberalism down to a tee but he never mentions party affiliation.
        Grow up you common liberal & quit acting like a teenager with your hate & blame.

        Comment by lyndaloo — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:35am PST  
        • lyndaloo, looks like you were exhibiting a lot of “hate and blame” in your post, as well. Pot meet kettle.

          Comment by Kim — Saturday February 16, 2013 @ 2:12pm PST  
      • What in the heck does any of this have to do with Republicans?? Or Democrats? Or any politics, for that matter? The FCC has regulations that CBS must follow or be fined (remember Janet Jackson’s Superbowl “wardrobe malfunction.”) That is probably the main reason for this whole thing.

        Comment by CZ — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:53am PST  
    • great – now artists cannot express themselves. this is an evening show, so mostly mature audiences or 14+ year olds are watching it – live real TV, with live expression. better than that housewives made=up crap. But during SuperBowl commercials (by the way SuperBowl airs on CBS and supposedly for the whole family as it is a sporting event) it s ok for CBS to show commercials for their gun slinging cops with guns in your face (literally) which air on their network !? ridiculous and controversial – as CBS is.

      Comment by Thorsten — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 4:12am PST  
    • The fact that CBS, no bastion of Puritanical modesty, felt it necessary to issue a warning tells you all you need to know about the (lack of) standards of decency of our entertainment industry.

      Comment by Gritsburgh — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:22am PST  
    • What’s a Grammy?

      Comment by loejtc — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:22am PST  
    • they are just a bunch of ego maniacs that love hollywood the sess pool of america. i wouldnt watch that crap and i am nobody

      Comment by john — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:35am PST  
    • Why should ‘grown-up’ terminology be used for Grammy attendees?

      Comment by Scavenger — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:44am PST  
    • if this happens the huff/post wont have anything to write about for a couple of weeks. for some reason they think the world is crazy about the hollywood trash, how they dress whose showing more tit. whose ass is bigger.,which kardasian is screwing who.
      good for the grammys.

      Comment by kydan — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:36am PST  
    • What are puffy genitals? Male or female? Which parts of the male genitalia would be considered “puffy”?

      Comment by HempyD — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 8:32am PST  
    • I was hoping there would be some visual examples of what is NOT permitted so I can be absolutely assured of not breaking any rules CBS has implemented.

      Save the children

      Comment by Concerned — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 10:42am PST  
    • i think its becuase the network doesn’t want to have to blur nakedness and obscenity. i agree cansorship is a little over done in the states, but that is what most american families want these days so they don’t have to have awkward conversations or bother to raise their own children

      Comment by Heather — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 12:01pm PST  
    • Maybe they should combine their concerns about nudity and lapel pins by setting a one breast limit and distributing a pin that says, ‘There’s only one tit in titillation.’

      Comment by george yanok — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 9:41am PST  
    • They have to make these announcements because people like Beyoncé and Janet Jackson cannot keep their costumes over their naughty bits. Most celebrities are too stupid to know we do not really need to see nudity and not all nudity is a good thing.

      Comment by Steve in Tulas — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 2:34pm PST  
    • Sorry to tell you but pursuant to Statute 2257 (Real Statute) of “What is and is not Clarely defined as Pornographic Material and we’re just going to make it up as we go along”; under-breasts are considered pornographic. Under-anything is considered sexually suggestive and is therefore banned. Trust me, I worked for a magazine and we had to be 2257-compliant on EVERYTHING.

      Comment by Raveninred — Monday February 11, 2013 @ 12:55am PST  
  • The last sentence is the most disturbing. No lapel pins or ribbons to show support in the fights against cancer, AIDS, etc. Really? The entertainment industry has traditionally been on the forefront of exposing the public to these exceptional causes and CBS has in one fell swoop set us back decades. Well done! It may be time for NARAS to find a different broadcast partner…

    Comment by Manager — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 8:56am PST  
    • Burt Lancaster would tell these fuckers where to put their directives…

      Comment by beamish13 — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:11am PST  
      • But Burt Lancaster didn’t show up wearing a thong.

        Comment by duh — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:39am PST  
        • Thank God.

          Comment by Bongo — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 5:20pm PST  
    • An email from CBS has set the country back decades? “Decades”?? An email? From a television network?

      (pssst: There’s life outside the bubble!)

      Comment by burrrbank — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:45am PST  
    • To be fair, it does say “spelled out”. I think colored ribbons are fine, I take that to mean literally spelled out. And I think the outrage over all of this is a little overblown. Are boobs bad and scary? Of course not. But CBS is airing the thing and can set whatever rules they want. Suck it up. Besides, George Carlin was right 20 years ago when he first started complaining about the overuse of ribbons. A ribbon has never cured cancer or ended a war. Relax.

      Comment by Dil — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:13am PST  
    • Because most of these people are using the lapel pins as piercings, not as lapel pins.

      Comment by dooah — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:41am PST  
    • “The entertainment industry has traditionally been on the forefront of” preening and posing their narcisstic self righteousness at us lesser mortals. By and large they aren’t worth the water it would take to flush them down a toilet.

      Comment by w adams — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:51am PST  
  • Oh God, female breasts are SO SCARY!!!

    Comment by Modesty — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:02am PST  
    • Lady Gaga will have to get her catholic school uniform out of moth balls.

      Comment by SH — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:04am PST  
    • Why do we need to see all the boobs & half nipples? Why? I see cleavage so much on a daily basis everywhere I go (esp on the bigger women) I am sick of them. I don’t find women trying to even be even the slightest bit modest anymore; they are hanging out & jiggling & stretched out; it is vulgar and gross especially when you have a young son or daughter in tow.

      Comment by lyndaloo — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:29am PST  
  • This is both funny and pathetic. It’s a damn shame that most of the people who would be attending the grammys need to be told what they should not wear. But I’m sure some idiot will expose themself in some way.

    Comment by Simone — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:03am PST  
  • What’s the point of watching if there aren’t going to be any “female breast nipples”?

    Comment by ZD — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:04am PST  
    • Well, you got that right! The music certainly isn’t a reason these days!!

      Comment by OldSkool — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:28am PST  
  • Anon5, I think they are referring to what the general populace call “camel-toe.”

    Funny how all these concerns refer to the female body. Remember when CSI once showed a nipple of a dead woman? Nudity on dead women is acceptable, but on live–not so much!

    Comment by Anon6 — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:09am PST  
    • To anon6: Let’s not forget that misunderstood DMZ known as the “taint” separating the “anal cleft” from one’s “camel-toe.” Perhaps the network could provide some helpful diagrams.

      Comment by anon5 — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:42am PST  
    • Actually, TV has shown lots of nipples in the past. I remember on Tattingers in the early 90′s, they had both male (backside) nudity and a topless female in a scene. In the series “Almost Grown” there was a terrific shot of a girl climbing up on a guy and straddling him – and she was naked. Great side shot of this lady’s breasts. In the series “Homicide: Life on the Street”, mid 90′s, there was a scene where a woman is attacked and her shirt ripped off and she is totally topless, and again in “Chicago Hope” there was an episode about a girl who got a boob job and a few weeks after the procedure, she goes to the hospital and pulls off her shirt and is topless – allowing the doctor in the show (and the audience) to see how “successful” her boob job was. All of these were on the regular networks and no one said boo about it. But for some reason, times are FAR more conservative now, which sucks, and now you can’t have scenes like that anymore. I think more liberal thinkers need to take control of the country again.

      Comment by Johnny V — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:12am PST  
  • about time someone did something,,whats wrong with these women showin what they have,,no class,period

    Comment by Joyce — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:21am PST  
    • I think you could use some periods. Period.

      Comment by The Pen Is Mightier. — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 12:16am PST  
      • Hilarious!

        Comment by ILiveILaugh — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 2:33am PST  
  • My grandma wrote this same memo 30 years ago for a middle school talent show.

    Comment by My Grandma — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:29am PST  
  • Looks like men flashing their d*cks is A-OK. Now I have reason to watch(!) cuz Lord knows most of the music just sucks.

    Comment by Victor — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:29am PST  
  • Glad CBS has the guts to stand up to what has been out of control for some artists. Hopefully they’ll be quick on the mute button for the language that will no doubt fly out of many mouths. I LOVE The Grammys and amazing music. Certain artists just need to respect that we’re not paying patrons at your concert who knowingly anticipate that type of behavior. We’re watching a network television show with kids in the house. Thank you CBS. I don’t agree with the lapel pin stand however. I’m not sure how that would be offensive.:0)

    Comment by DB — Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 9:31am PST  
    • You know, there were knobs on the tv, now buttons on the remote, that CHANGES THE CHANNEL… Oh my, what a concept!!! If you don’t like what’s on, or are AFRAID to see a breast, DON’T WATCH!!

      Comment by Doug C — Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 6:35am PST  
      • I agree.

        Comment by ILiveILaugh — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 2:34am PST  
      • Let me repeat the point made on this blog over and over again–realizing that people like you still will not get it: It’s not so much nipples and buttocks, as such, we are protesting. We are protesting the transformation of what is supposed to be a program giving out awards for real talent into another vehicle for no-talent sex objects to strut their stuff. Let me turn your argument around: If you don’t like the Grammys without no-talent sex objects, or are AFRAID not to see breasts, DON”T WATCH!! Go to your cable porn sites, YouTube, Netflix, and watch all the T&A you want. Leave the Grammys alone!

        Comment by TomB — Friday February 8, 2013 @ 2:39am PST  
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