When X Factor USA contestant Geo Godley stripped off, he did more than disgust Paula Abdul; he prompted a parents group to file an indecency complaint with the FCC. We also discovered that Paula has won the PTC Seal of Approval. That is despite the fact he did not actually strip but instead pulled down his pants to show a very revealing leopard print thong. The broadcast show did make it look like he he has naked crotch area.
The Parents Television Council (PTC) condemned The X Factor for showing Godley dropping his pants while performing in front of the judges during its premiere on Wednesday. That show was pre-recorded and so the stripping could have been cut. However, X Factor bosses chose to show it. Was that a bad decision? Why would the show make it look even worse than it was by suggesting nudity?
Even so Paula Abdul was so disgusted by Geo Godley’s stripping that she left the stage while Godley was still singing. Now the PTC has accused The X Factor of violating standards of decency by airing the incident just after 9pm ET.
The group’s president Tim Winter said in a statement: “If Godley performed his act in public, he would have been arrested. But if he performs it in front of a Fox camera, his act is beamed via the public airwaves into every home in the nation.”
Winter also pointed out that the show had broadcast footage of a nude dancer, to show that what he considers a breach of decency laws and standards was deliberate.
“Families were led to believe The X Factor would be family-friendly programming and instead were assaulted by graphic nudity. Perhaps the ‘X’ in X Factor stands for the MPAA rating. No wonder PTC Seal of Approval winner and judge Paula Abdul walked out during the performance, apparently becoming physically ill by what happened,” he continued.
Personally, I thought this was Paula being a drama queen, but I don’t see what stripping has to do with a music talent show either, so like I said at the time, I’m with her, dry heaving in the corridor!
But what do you think? Should The X Factor be penalized for allowing this Geo Godley incident to be shown at the time it did? Why would they furthermore edit the footage to make it look like he wore nothing under his pants?
The X Factor airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8/7c on Fox.