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Parents Television Council Files Complaint Over 'X Factor' Flasher

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 23rd 2011 11:25AM
Paula Abdul wasn't the only person 'The X Factor' flasher made sick during the singing talent show's premiere. Fox's decision to air Geo Godley's bottomless routine, albeit with a blurred X over his privates, has now drawn the ire of the Parents Television Council.

According to TMZ, the advocacy group announced it has filed a formal indecency complaint with the FCC against the show.

"The prolonged, previously videotaped footage of a contestant dancing nude on the 'X Factor' stage represents a conscious decision by the producers – with the approval of the network's broadcast standards department -- to intentionally air this content in front of millions of families during hours when they knew full well that children would be watching," PTC President Tim Winters said in a statement.

The formal complaint focuses on the fact that 'The X Factor' was billed as family-friendly viewing, but then went in a different direction. "Families were led to believe 'The X Factor' would be family-friendly viewing and were then assaulted by graphic nudity," the complaint reads.

Although the FCC's ability to enforce decency standards is currently being litigated in the courts, the PTC is nonetheless requesting that all Fox affiliates that aired the show be levied with "a Notice of Apparent Liability."

Earlier this year, the PTC targeted 'The Playboy Club' and MTV's 'Skins.'

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Totally uncalled for. I am no prude by any means. But this went way way too far. Television is almost not worth turning on anymore. The reality shows, these kind of shows, and all the violence have went too far.

September 26 2011 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't watch these kinds of shows. I like actual stories, characters, and plots. North Americans are just too bent out of shape when it comes to nudity. No child has ever been traumatized because of it, not that I want to see everyone's nasty bits hanging out. It's just stupid and sad.

September 26 2011 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I saw that last week and I was appalled! My kids saw that mess. Eventhough they had that exed out, they shouldn't have aired that footage! That LOSER should've been arrested on the spot instead of just being escorted from the building! Some poeple are scum who will do anything for their 5 minutes!

September 26 2011 at 12:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Fortunately, I don't watch this garbage show OR American Idol OR any of the rest of these STUPID contest shows. It seems that whatever that arrogant British IDIOT is in usually is CRAP! It's shows like these that have destroyed television. It's about time to put a cork in them all, and get back to imaginative television like it used to be back from the 60's until the 90's before these idiotic reality shows started to take over.

September 26 2011 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"X" = Sad the people of America have spoken reality TV at its worse level!!! The show should have given us star after star. Wouldn't that have been nice everyone would have loved it. Chevrolet & Pepsi should spank X pull the $$$.

September 25 2011 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

George Godley isn't to blame for anything. Fox knew what they were doing all along - this was an orchestrated stunt WEEKS in the making. How do we know?


OK? This was his audition tape. Fox could have moved on, but they smelled a big laugh and some $$$

as illustrated here:


The on screen X covered up a man wearing a thong. Period. Classless, but Fox is far more classless for staging the whole thing. They have a TV channel meant to shock, and they have a news network for the outraged to get together and complain about how shocking things are. It's called playing both sides of the less than aware proletariat. Financially, it makes them genius. Morally? It makes them pretty disgusting. We're all adults, we can choose how we deal with th Fox coprporation ourselves.

September 25 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

So Paula leaves the stage and throws up? Really? I always knew she was a prude, but this?

September 25 2011 at 4:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Won't be watching in the future. We can get this garbage elsewhere if we want it. To bad!!!!!

September 25 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Tiana Moore

And yet, a woman could pop her **** out and it be okay. Sexism at its best. Let's have more men hanging.

September 25 2011 at 3:23 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

If the show higher ups' decision to broadcast this previously recorded segment was to insult us they should be pleased. We are insulted by their disrespect. Haven't they ever heard the expression, "When in doubt, don't?" Shame on them.

September 25 2011 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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