The Parents Television Council has filed an indecency complaint after contestant Geo Godley dropped his pants while performing on Wednesday night's premiere of The X Factor. A giant "X" logo covered his crotch, while judge Paula Abdul stormed off the set.
As the PTC points out, the blurred nudity aired shortly after 9 p.m. ET, when indecent content is prohibited on broadcast television.
"X Factor" judge L.A. Reid described the performance of contestant Geo Godley as 'offensive, disgusting, distasteful and upsetting.' And based upon contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, the PTC adds to Reid's description the title 'indecent,'" says PTC president Tim Winter in a statement.
"As the broadcast decency law comes before the United States Supreme Court in the coming term, Fox has offered a compelling demonstration as to why that law needs to be upheld. If Godley performed his act in public, he would have been arrested. But if he performs it in front of a Fox camera, his act is beamed via the public airwaves into every home in the nation," he adds.
"The 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.
"Families were led to believe the X Factor would be family-friendly programming and instead were assaulted by graphic nudity. Perhaps the 'X' in X Factor stands for the MPAA rating. No wonder PTC Seal of Approval winner and judge Paula Abdul walked out during the performance, apparently becoming physically ill by what happened.
"The X Factor showed more than a glimmer as to why such competitions are so engaging for the viewing public, with inspiring stories of talented performers gripping the audience. And while we understand the entertainment hook that comes from the occasional train wreck, something so inherently and patently offensive as this obscene performance is more than a sucker punch; it is a violation of Fox station's broadcast licenses. We have filed a complaint with the FCC and are urging our members and other concerned citizens to follow suit.
"Finally, the fact that Fox assigned a content rating of TV-PG DL for a naked man frolicking around on a stage is not just inaccurate, it is fraudulent. We call on the amorphous Content Ratings Review Board to immediately investigate this incident and hold Fox accountable for violating the spirit and the letter of the content ratings system, which can only be described at this point as rigged and blatantly inaccurate," Winter added.
X Factor is the latest of PTC's targets. The group has also spoken out against MTV's Skins (which was canceled), Toddlers & Tiaras and Glee.