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  • Editorial: CBS clothing policy is on the mark: Keep your privates private

  • In light of the recent policy put in place by the CBS network concerning wardrobe appropriateness, one has to wonder when is enough enough?
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  • In light of the recent policy put in place by the CBS network concerning wardrobe appropriateness, one has to wonder when is enough enough? Shouldn't it be common sense that one should not provocatively expose one's body on television? Society has certainly changed in recent years, making it somehow acceptable to wear clothing items that are hardly more than strips of fabric. Kudos to CBS for putting their foot down, even if parts of the new policy are a bit vague. Hopefully other television networks will soon follow suit. No one, let alone a child, needs to see just how sexy and scantily-clad a star can make themselves for a public appearance. Here's a thought - keep your privates private.
    For those of you not familiar with CBS' clothing advisory, which just so happened to be released shortly before last Sunday's Grammy Awards, please indulge by reading the full disclosure below:
    "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 cover 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 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."
    It is hard to believe this has to be spelled out for anyone, let alone public figures and their entourage of PR employees. Granted, outrageous outfits are meant to cause a stir and gain publicity for the wearer. Perhaps if the spotlight was placed on a star's talent and personal accomplishments, as it was years ago, rather than showing off their bodies, entertainment mediums would change for the better.
    If society can adapt its way of thinking and return to a focus on acting and singing capabilities instead of who is wearing what and just how much skin they are showing, perhaps we will all be in a better place with less "reality" television filling our heads.
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