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It really was a good morning in America for a large contingent of ABC viewers. The network’s staple early telecast was featuring Nicki Minaj in its annual summer concert series when the singer unexpectedly let a little too much hang out. Censors, apparently asleep on the job, totally missed the appearance of the singer’s left nipple, leaving those at home double-taking and wondering if their eyes had been playing tricks.
They definitely were not mistaken. The nipple slip happened and now, as always occurs immediately after these sorts of things, a small number of people screaming very loudly about societal decay are calling into question whether live shows need a longer delay. According to Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America has already released a statement iterating it had a five second delay in place, but the fleeting images of the singer’s nipple simply weren’t noticed by the crew. The offending clip was later cleaned up for subsequent airings.
Here’s a hot fact about life: nipple slips happen. They might not happen to every woman every single day, but the vast majority of girls experience one at some point in their lives. And you know what? The world still seems to be functioning okay. I’m not naïve enough to think there isn’t some embarrassment or shock that comes with an unexpected exposure, but I highly doubt anyone has ever been permanently scarred by glimpsing a nipple. If anyone has, I’m not sure he or she is cut out to survive anyway.
I get why obscene content is not tolerated on network television before a certain hour. Parents should be able to choose what types of things their children are exposed to, but delaying live television as it is, let alone longer than five seconds, is tantamount to trying to protect children from life. Every kid who’s ever gone to public school has heard all the swear words by the age of seven. By the age of ten, most of them have seen Playboys, fights, nipple slips and a whole host of other objectionable bits of content. The whole point of watching a concert live on television is that you’re seeing a totally original moment. The singer or band might alter the introduction, change the lyrics or fall off the stage. You never know what’s going to happen, and that’s the appeal. If a nipple pops out one out of every thousand times, so it goes...
Here's a look at Ms Minaj's embarrassing, but far from earth-shattering, slip-up...