Britain's Got Talent Cleared Over Striptease Nudity
Ofcom says saucy burlesque performance was within guidelines...
A performance by a burlesque stripper onBritain's Got Talenthas been cleared by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, despite generating more than 90 complaints.
Beatrix Von Bourbon was shown on the ITV1 show stripping to her underwear - with her breasts only covered with tassels and computer-generated gold stars at one point.
She also flashed her G string-clad bum at viewers during her routines at the Blackpool auditions and later a semi-final.
Most of the complaints received were that her performance was "unsuitable for a child audience".
But Ofcom judged today that it was "appropriately limited and brief in duration".
In its defence, ITV had said that BGT "celebrates a variety of entertainment and British talent and therefore showcases a wide range of different types of act, not all of which will always be to everyone's taste".
It said her performance was "a highly stylised combination of comedy, mime and dance, rather than simply striptease" which followed the "tradition of saucy British humour, rather than being overly erotic or sleazy".
Although the bum shots were "on the margin of acceptability", the regulator said the performances were suitable for BGT.
And it concluded: "Ofcom was of the view therefore that, taken as a whole, the performance by Ms Von Bourbon was presented in a style which would not have exceeded the likely expectations of the audience on the various dates it was broadcast."
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