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Fox is already stirring up controversy with its new series The X Factor. The Parents Television Council is apparently not pleased over one contestant’s display of nudity, which was shown during Wednesday night’s season premiere. If you caught the episode, it’s likely that you remember Geo Godley’s audition.
On Wednesday night, during the first episode of Fox’s new singing competition The X Factor, Geo Godley took the stage to sing about being a stud. During the audition, he dropped his pants and resumed his audition with all of his business exposed for a theater full of people. A big “X” was used to block viewers from seeing what was under his shimmery blue pants, however that wasn’t enough to appease the PTC.
According to Deadline, The Parents Television Council is panning to complain to the FCC about the incident.
“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 says.
Considering Mr. Godley’s private area was completely covered up by the “X,” this seems like an overreaction on the PTC’s part. I am, however, surprised that the man wasn’t pulled off stage the moment he dropped trou, not for the sake of the viewers at home, but for the audience of people at the audition, many of whom may have been children. Assuming the audience is made up of the other people auditioning, there could have been kids as young as twelve who witnessed the spectacle live. The man dropped his pants mid-way through his song and aside from Paula eventually getting up and leaving, no one did anything to stop the guy from finishing is "act."