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Sunday, April 11, 2004

A BLOW TO FASHION
fly away, high away
The current crusade against broadcast indecency has seemingly claimed a high-profile victim. The five-year-old Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is being mothballed, and the connection with Janet Jackson's Super Bowl malfunction is being brought into the decision.

Shoot, I think Victoria's Secret is passing up a golden opportunity to show off how anti-Janet they are. Imagine: The next edition of the whole Fashion Show could tout how VS's slinky-slinkies are all wardrobe-malfunction-proof! Hell, considering the amount of bounce that models like the lovely Tyra Banks typically put into their catwalks, I guess that's already been proven out year after year.

It's funny how the media mindset is now attuned: The sight of boobs triggers a mention of Janet's Boobgate. In reality, five years is a long time to stick with a marketing campaign--and it's more proper to think of the Fashion Show as advertising programming, not creative content--and it makes sense that the company wants to shift to something new. Happens all the time.

I don't think I need to point out that every example trotted out as being affected by this drive for "decency" involves titillating content, which for the average American tightass is where discussions of offensiveness begin and end. The violence quotient in the entertainment media is, as usual, getting a free pass.