Monday, August 24, 2009

English TV decides it is OK to show nude models for art classes on Daytime TV

Channel 4 in England ran a art class at 12:30 pm for over a week in July. 37 prudes complained about it. In a country of over 50 million, that is negligible.

Yet, Channel 4 had to take the complaints seriously and make a decision.

They decided tough luck prudes,Channel 4 did not breach broadcasting guidelines.

If this happened in the US, I bet the FCC would have fined the station.

A couple of years ago a teacher in Texas was FIRED for taking her students to the Dallas art museum. The reason? Kids saw nude statues and paintings even though they had their parents permission to go to the art museum. I guess the parents thought there were going to be paintings of dogs playing poker and velvet Elvis's in the art museum.

The only disagreement I have over this issue, is the TV station should have also included male nudes.

Here's the story:

Naked women are acceptable on daytime TV, Ofcom rules

A Channel 4 life drawing programme which featured naked female models was acceptable lunchtime viewing, the television watchdog has ruled...

“It was adult viewing, not for screening in the middle of the day,” one viewer said after tuning in to the programme, in which artists guided students through various drawing techniques.

However, Ofcom rejected the 37 complaints and ruled that Channel 4 did not breach broadcasting guidelines.

The watchdog has written to every complainant explaining that the nudity was justified.

“Life drawing is a well-known and respected form of art. In Ofcom’s view, although the images of nudity were broadcast for long periods of time, they were not presented in a sexualised manner and were clearly justified by the context, given the editorial purpose of the series,” the letter read. The programme was broadcast during school term time and was not aimed at children, the watchdog said, adding that each episode was prefaced by a warning about its content.

Clips from the show are still available on the Channel 4 website, but viewers must click a box to confirm they are over 16 before they can watch the footage.

Channel 4 declined to comment on Ofcom's decision.

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