Although TMZ has reported that the FCC received a “slew” of complaints about the concert special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour, which aired on NBC over the July 4th weekend, the agency tells Rolling Stone it has received only four. Currently, it is determining whether the program indeed violated any of its indecency and profanity rules.
Cyrus filmed the show, which was toned down from her usual exploits on the road, earlier this year at her Bangerz stops in Barcelona and Lisbon, incorporating behind-the-scenes footage that showed her doing far-from-shocking things like hanging out with her sister backstage and singing a Dolly Parton song.
Clips from the show reveal that, while onstage, Cyrus wore a skin-tight unitard with a hoodie – as opposed to the nudity of her “Wrecking Ball” video – and, at one point, dressed one of her backup dancers like a blunt and others like cigarette lighters. For “Get it Right” the singer snuggled up to several men and women in a giant bed. During one song, Cyrus also danced suggestively with somebody who was dressed like Abraham Lincoln, which prompted one complaint.
Although the Freedom of Information Act revealed the contents of three of the four FCC complaints, it presented an interesting look at what upset a handful of people about Bangerz, from one person feeling uncomfortable with the suggested homosexuality of the bed scene to another saying “F-no” to what he or she felt was an XXX performance all around. Read the grievances in full and unedited below. (The FCC did not make the fourth complaint publicly available.)
Complaint Number One:
“They aired a program called ‘Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour.’ Now, during the summer evenings when the kids get to stay up late, why would they choose to air a highly controversial ‘pop star’ who freely advertises that her songs are all about sex and drugs, who wears costumes that would perhaps be more appropriate if she were dancing on a pole in some club somewhere?
“This was jokingly rated as PG-13/TV-14 and that simply cannot be correct. Miley Cyrus these days needs to be rated either MA or XXX, and nothing of hers should now or ever be aired during any time prior to 12:00 am in whatever time zone her smut is scheduled to air.
“Since it made it past my parental control lock given the ridiculous rating, I made sure to watch some of it to see if I would allow my kids to watch it. My answer is a resounding NO! No just H-No, either. But a loud and resounding F-No!
I am offended, appalled and ready to start taking public action to remove this garbage from our televisions. You MUST severely fine and censure both the ‘artist’ and the television station IMMEDIATELY!”
Complaint Number Two:
“Macy’s/NBC aired a performance on the Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks featuring Miley Cyrus, she was dressed more in line with a video geared towards MTV, her performance was impropriate for broadcast tv, as she grinded along there was a costumed performer depicting President Lincoln following behind her and alongside her and the character acted quite lecherous even patting her on the backside. Very patriotic for the 4th ya think? This is a show geared for family I thought? What happened to NBC standards dept?”
Complaint Number Three:
“The live Miley Cyrus concert program was borderline pornographic in images and the lyrics to the songs. Open sexuality on a stage bed male/male female/female homosexuality. Very graphic and disturbing for a Sunday evening 9pm summertime broadcast. Please investigate this and prevent it from ever being shown again.”