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ITV will not face action from TV watchdog Ofcom over X Factor performances by Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, despite the Daily Mail's insistence that the pair punted filth to wide-eyed kiddies. The two artists appeared on The X Factor Final on Saturday, 11 December. Rihanna performed What's My Name "in a dress which was …


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  1. Joe K
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    Coffee-splattered monitor. It must be a Friday headline by Lewis.

    Well, its like a Friday, but better.

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Morning!

      Ahem - check the byline. But yes, this week Thursday is Friday. Enjoy.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        Here it was Friday yesterday but seeing as everything is shut and it's raining heavily I thought I'd pop in while catching up on other news. The upside to the rain is that it seems to have literally pissed on some parades and a few of the easter bunnies with pointed hats are staying indoors. This is good news because it means I might be able to make it to the kebab shop without having to fight my way through huge crowds.

    2. Version 1.0 Silver badge


      The article was probably written the day before - 420 day.

    3. Shaun 1

      Bon Jovi Friday!

      When you have Friday off from work, and you just F*ck around all day Thursday … you know what that is? That is a Bon Jovi Friday!

  2. MrJP


    "...the photographs that were published in the newspaper were significantly more graphic and close-up..."

    So why weren't approximately 2,000 complaints received against the p.o.s. paper for printing images they agreed were inappropriate in their publication which is (unfortunately) widely available to the entire country?

    What a joke.

    1. Marvin the Martian

      Only if you read the DM before 21h00.

      Post-watershed, the Daily Fail's pictures are fine, so no reason to complain.

      Your own fault if you read it before that watershed. It's the big society, you have to take care of yourself (otherwise the Fail would complain of the "nanny state").

      /beer because it's a watershed invention.

  3. Studley

    "Is my f***ing clothes in here?"

    Also, from page 119 onwards of the same report, one of the pettiest disputes in the history of the world (let alone television) is dissected into 11 pages. Among the classic snippets:

    "[Ms Almada complained that] The footage shown in the programmes as broadcast was edited in such a way as to portray her unfairly. In particular, her behaviour towards Coolio in the confrontation over the incident with her shoes portrayed her as unreasonable. [...]

    [Channel 4 said that they chose] to exclude footage from the programme broadcast showing Ms Almada's complete reaction to Coolio‟s 'prank', as this included very graphic footage of her retaliating by spitting on Coolio‟s duvet and then wiping her crotch with it. These scenes were omitted because the producers had felt that their inclusion might have exceeded the expectations of viewers in terms of taste and standards."

    Talk about complaining without a (third?) leg to stand on...

  4. Danny 14


    Actually I would take the show to task because more children were traumatised by watching ITV.


  5. Joe K
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    Lester i meant, oh well.

  6. Matt_V


    Wait the media painting something as far worse than it was to get their readers whipped up and in the process sell more papers, surely this can't be so......

    1. Marvin the Martian
      Paris Hilton

      What are you implying?

      You mean TheRegister is painting the Mail darker than it is? Inconceivable!

    2. P. Lee

      re: the media painting something as far worse than it was

      Did you notice the presenter's first words at the end of the you-tube clip? "So you're going on tour..."

      So that would be showbiz pushing the envelope of decency in order to get a reaction, publicity and sales too?

      And here's me creating page impressions at el reg....


  7. bill 36
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    They have to do something

    Otherwise nobody would watch, because they can't sing; either of them.

    But then thats modern pop music.

    As for the Xfactor, occasionally it throws up a talent but they should call it "the best of Karaoke"

    Glad i missed it.

    1. Marvin the Martian

      That is pure DM logic!

      Hey, either you watched it and can opinionate about it, or you didn't and can't/shouldn't.

      Choose between having, eating, or stuffing the cake somewhere else.

      1. Elmer Phud


        'And put in your earplugs, put on your eyeshades, you know where to put the cork'

      2. bill 36

        I did watch it

        Courtesy of El Reg so i do have an opinion and here it is again just in case your Martian mentality didn't understand the logic.

        Both of them can't sing so they have to flog their mutton using sex as the hook. Biggest selling ploy on the planet.

        As to whether it was likely to offend anyone, i bet the kids loved it!

        Did anyone bother to ask them?

  8. Anonymous Coward


    I can't stand that X-Factor rubbish, but I have never had any issues at all with Rihanna's "gently thrusting buttocks". They are fine by me.

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      Indeed. Nothing wrong with them,

      strictly anatomically speaking, of course

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @Michael H.F. Wilkinson

        God, NO!!

  9. Anonymous Coward

    doubling the standards

    um... Bucks Fizz, (Eurovision) anyone?

  10. David Evans


    I told you we need a Think Of The Children icon

    1. Stratman


      "Thinking of children" will probably get you on a watchlist in this land of ours.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    When I were a lad...

    You could see a lot more crotch than this on TOTP (Hot Gossip) and The Kenny Everet show...I don't know what the dance group was called but they did plenty of legs akimbo stuff wearing only lingerie before the water-shed.

    I have to say I don't think I was traumatised. Transfixed would be more appropriate!

    1. Elmer Phud

      Top of the Pops?

      Yerst, while these people are busy moaning about a shite TV prog they are also busy knocking one out over re-runs of 'Pans People'

    2. Graham Marsden

      @When I were a lad

      Actually it was Hot Gossip who appeared on the Kenny Everett Show displaying their "bodily particles" (not to mention Cleo Rocos with her non-bulgarian airbag assets!)

  12. Efros
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    Buttocks aside

    Rihanna's appearance proved the girl can't sing! Not live at least. Aguilera at least has a set of pipes unfortunately neither of them have a clue about the material they are punting. as for whether it broke TV guidelines, WTF I'd say they broke TV guidelines when they discovered this thread of reality programming and decided to punt it. Manufactured storm in a manufactured teacup, much more important shit going on elsewhere.

  13. Lionel Baden


    Both acts appeared before the 9pm watershed, prompting 2,868 complaints

    But when 3 parents complain about seatbelts being worn in a Fucking cartoon they almost ban the entire series !!!!!

    That is alot of complaints and yeah i would say its overly sexual acting.

    Dont watch TV so dont really give two hoots though.

  14. doperative

    What Ofcom thinks ..

    Two performers pretending to be whores, what could be inappropriate about presenting such images to children ..

  15. Rhiakath Flanders
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    what is their problem?

    What's the problem with buttocks? Don't people like them? Don't people like sexy?

    Tell those guys to stop being complete a**holes, and just let them watch the thing!

    Kids are exposed to much worse things, during daytime. You just have to watch the news, commercials, or movie trailers. Or Dragonball, where you pierce your adversary with a beam of light...

    but noooo, no buttocks...

    daddies or mommies who complain about a pair of buttocks appearing on tv, should not ever , EVER shower with your kids...

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Any kid too young to understand will not be offended by these thrusting antics.

      Any kids old enough to understand the sexual ramifications is likely to be thinking about much more sexually explicit things than those two "exotic" dancers. :D

  16. Ooo-wait-BUT!

    what is their problem? (part2)

    ankles... OMG I can see ankles - cover them up quickly you hussy.

  17. tas

    The best part of this article is its title

    "Watchdog sniffs Rihanna's 'gently thrusting buttocks'"

    Lester Haines owes me a new keyboard and yay it must be a Friday!

  18. QuiteEvilGraham

    Never watched it - might now!

    - the content "was too sexually explicit and inappropriate for the young audience of this show".

    Were they actually fucking on the "X Factor" then?

    I guess that this explains the previous inexplicable (for my anyway) viewing figures for this so-called "entertainment".

  19. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    I do not mind the performances

    provided I do not have to watch (and I do have a remote control). I am much more worried at the kids looking at violence (including such mindless crap as pokemon/bakugan/dragonballz/insert other crud advert for crap toys posting as cartoon) than sex.

  20. HFoster


    If it offends you, turn the fucking telly off. Fucking drones.

    1. P. Lee

      re: Pah! Turn the telly off

      Abosolutely right - that is the correct response.

      However, parents may also mind the general principle of showing this stuff before the watershed.

      A pox on the papers for exaggerating and misleading, but, who thought singing about whores is appropriate entertainment for children, regardless of how explicit the dancing is?

      Neither "artist" is appropriate for children, which is fine. After nine.

      Stripping icon enclosed

  21. h4rm0ny
    Paris Hilton

    That's not sexual?

    Maybe if you're a snowman. Now if Ofcom want to say they don't find anything wrong with a bit of sexual provocation thankyouverymuch, well so be it. But that's definitely deliberately sexual. The argument of whether X is good or bad, is a separate argument to whether Y is X or not.

    Not sexual, my arse.

  22. Anonymous Coward

    aw come one

    you all know that the only way these two women can get people to listen to them is to take their clothes off (in fact that seems to be the theme for most female 'pop' singers these days - 'oh god my song is shite but hey I can appear half naked on a video and it will sell!).

  23. The BigYin

    Let me get this right

    The Daily Fail etc get their panties in a bunch about some buttocks on the telly before 2100, yet many of these gutter rags will have some waif with her whoppers out on page 3 and are themselves owned by porn peddlers.

    Hypocrisy anyone?

    Allowing a child to watch "X Factor" is tantamount to child abuse, but for entirely different reasons.

    1. ian 22

      Victorian much

      I've always enjoyed the complaints of the censorious:

      "The soft creamy flesh, the jiggling breasts swinging freely, the rounded gently thrusting buttocks- disgusting!"

      I hope they realize they aren't forced to watch.

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wrong complaint

    Had ofcom investigated the god-awful singing then I feel the complaints might have been upheld.

    1. SirTainleyBarking

      And then some

      Rhianna may be easy on the eye, but DAMN she's hard on the old ears

  25. copsewood
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    good family entertainment

    Didn't see anything OTT here. You've been able to see as much exposure at ballet and circus performances since long before I can remember. Agree about comments above concerning Pan's People and Hot Gossip.

  26. david 63

    Don't mind betting the nearly 2/3s...

    ...of the complaints received after the paper stared whining about saving the children were from people who hadn't seen it in the first place.

    On the basis that I didn't see it either, I thought it was splendid.

  27. Ted Treen

    @The Big Yin

    Your last paragraph is absolutely correct.

    Having once watched "X Factor" for a total of 5 minutes - the cat was comfy on my lap, & I didn't want to disturb her - I soon reached the stage where wading through crocodile-infested streams to turn it off would have been preferable to inaction.

    I don't suppose any kiddywinks were corrupted beyond redemption by watching such drivel:- the chances are that because they have parents who are X Factor fans, these little ones have far greater long-term problems than seeing "sexually provocative" singers (?).

  28. Anonymous Coward

    Getting crotchety

    The real issue isn't Rhianna's gently thrusting buttocks, it's her gently grating vocals.

  29. Bassey


    Never seen it but, taking Ofcom at its word that the performances WERE sexual and at the limits of acceptability, what was the "editorial justification for the type of costumes that the dancers were wearing, and the style of the dance routine overall".

    I believe I'm correct in saying that the X-Factor is presented as a singing talent show and that these were simply guest performances filling-in between rounds of the contest. I'd really LOVE to know how the produces managed to explain why sexually explicity performances at the limits of acceptability by fill-in performers were editorially justified.

    Whether people were personally offended or not (and ignoring the pointless "don't they know where the remote is" retards. You're watching prime-time Saturday night family entertainment with the kids. What the fuck is the point of turning it off AFTER they've seen it you freaks?) there are rules in place and OFCOM is there to enforce them.

  30. NoneSuch Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Women are sexual by nature.

    Men are sexual by nature.

    Every single one of those people who moaned about the sexual content were created in a sexual act.

    Plus, they didn't complain until newspaper coverage was done. That's a no-brainer. Round file it and move on.

    No Paris please, we're British.

  31. Oninoshiko


    Wow, apparently the British TOTC crowd are getting as bad as the American TOTC crowd.

    Lets take them on all land masses and let them "think of the children" in the Mariana Trench.

  32. Anonymous Coward

    Watchdog sniffs Rihanna's 'gently thrusting buttocks'

    I always thought that Anne Robinson was weird!

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