CBS sent out an astonishing warning email to attendees of this Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
Subject: 55th GRAMMYS: Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory
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.
This sounds like preemptive legal ass-covering, so that if — just for example — Carly Rae Jepsen decides to race up her image by exposing some buttock crack or “puffy”, CBS can tell the FCC, “We told her not to do that! We were very specific!”