Considering that Britney Spears now performs as if she forgot how her legs worked, it’s not surprising to hear word that Rihanna wanted to add a bit of spice to their performance of “S&M." Apparently, that dash of Lawry’s was to come in the form of a lip lock between the two pop stars. The kiss actually happened, but ABC cut the cameras before anyone could see it. See, several years ago the newly reignited Billboard Awards had a battle with the FCC that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Like many networks, ABC didn't want complaints from the FCC, so the kiss never made it to America's television screens.
Yet, despite cutting the lesbian kiss (because if you haven’t heard, in certain circles anything “gay” is synonymous with perverse, but I digress), the Parents Television Council is still complaining about the performance. PTC president Tim Winter said, "I cannot imagine what would possibly lead the ABC television network to air a profanity-laced, S&M sex show on primetime broadcast television.”
So, yeah, there’s no cursing in that song. Winter went on to say Rih-Rih’s set was trying to promote the freaky deeky among impressionable teens (paraphrasing). Sure, Rihanna swung from a pole, but I doubt that started a sex revolution among kids. The same can be said for Britney's lazy pillow fighting at the end.
Anyone with a channel guide knew that the Billboard Awards was honoring artists excelling on radio, the Internet and with record sales. If Mr. Winter and other parents had bothered to turn on the radio or check out recent Web clips, they would have known what was airing on the show and pressed the block button on their remote.
If you'll excuse me, I have more important things to obsess over—namely watching Beyoncé's incredible Billboard performance for the millionth time.
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