Pundits spent last week arguing about whether the debut ratings of Fox’s “The X Factor” were big enough, but here’s something guaranteed to bring the show some attention: Watchdog group the Parents’ Television Council has filed an indecency complaint against the net based on the depantsing of contestant Geo Godley.
Godley, after declaring his intention to “do whatever it takes” to earn the top spot on “Factor,” whipped off his trousers during an audition that was clearly going wrong even before the nudity.
The offending body part was censored with a bobbing “Factor” logo, but the PTC contends that “(t)he 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.”
The series preem drew 12.49 million total viewers and a 4.4 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 — “a disappointment” to creator Simon Cowell, who told press he wouldn’t be satisfied with fewer than 20 million viewers, but still enough to raise hackles over the show’s content.
The PTC’s complaint doesn’t guarantee a fine or even a formal censure by the FCC, but it is likely to be taken seriously by the org, especially since the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments from the network over whether the regulator’s current indecency-enforcement regime is unconstitutional.