BBC scolded over George Michael video

BY Advocate.com Editors

June 28 2002 12:00 AM ET

The U.K. Broadcasting Standards Commission upheld 68 complaints about George Michael's "Freeek!" video, according to BBC News. Some viewers complained that BBC1 should not have aired the video on Top of the Pops without a warning, since the program airs before 9 p.m. Because of the video's "erotic images, suggestive movements, and scenes of bondage," the BBC acknowledged that some viewers might find it inappropriate to show the video at 7:30 p.m. The network went on to note that producers recognized that the video pushed the boundaries but believed that Michael's reputation as one of Britain's most original songwriters was a strong argument for showing it. Top of the Pops showed a carefully edited version, which it felt was within the bounds of acceptability, but the commission disagreed.

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