WASHINGTON — ABC did not violate federal indecency rules by letting models parade in alluring lingerie during a Victoria’s Secret fashion show aired last fall.
The Federal Communications Commission has informed concerned TV viewers via email that the broadcast special wasn’t patently offensive, and that the Alphabet web is off the hook. The electronic correspondence was made public Monday.
Scores of citizens flooded the FCC with complaints after the show aired during the November sweep.
“It is important to note that any consideration of government action against allegedly indecent programming must take account of the fact that such material is protected under the First Amendment,” the FCC said in its March 21 email.
The agency said the Victoria Secret’s special didn’t meet the definition of indecency — material that depicts or describes “sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium.”
Viewers complaining did not demonstrate that the “sexual aspects of the material” met the definition, the FCC ruled. If viewers would like to refile their complaint and provide more detailed information, they have that option, reg agency instructed.
The Alphabet has insisted the show, which aired from 9 to 10 on a Thursday night, was appropriately labeled for mature audiences. Spec garnered more than 12 million viewers.