But I just took out some stuff to highlight, but the full article shows edits that girl groups have had to make in order to abide by the sensors and comments from industry reps.
Clothing censorship first began in 2000 with the three major broadcast companies imposing them. Now, 10 years later, the ‘checks’ have returned once more in an effort to reduce the amount of sexually-suggestive clothing and performances that are broadcasted. Singers in their teens and 20’s are the ones who are impacted the most by these new standards, especially for girl groups competing in an aggressive and competitive market.
SBS’s “Inkigayo” set three bans on outfits: shirts that reveal too much cleavage, shirts that expose the belly button, and wearing white shorts under miniskirts. Starting from the 4th, the producers of “Inkigayo” asked singers to make the appropriate changes, keeping the three bans in mind.
What’s becoming a bigger problem other than the regulations is that there is no consistency. Most of the new rules focus on the top and completely ignore the bottom and there are no restrictions on hot pants and other outfits that could reveal more than one would think.
I look at stuff on television today in America, public television mind you because cable television is it's own little world. And I wonder when we started to accept the stuff that's on there as not overtly sexual.
To anyone who lives in another country, what are your thoughts? Do you have censoring as strict as South Korea?