A month after the Grammys aired, it seems that in the time that passed after January 26, the FCC was flooded with quite a few complaints over Beyoncé’s performance of “Drunk in Love” alongside Jay Z. She opened the show, and as we all saw, her performance was quite risqué. Her backside was out, she was writhing on a chair, and there was even a booty palming moment when Jay entered the stage. It was controversial on social media, but it was even more controversial with parents, who according to The Smoking Gun, filed more than 40 indecency complaints against the singer and CBS.
The complaints, according to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, showed that people took issue with everything from her outfit, to the fact that such a performance was aired at the very beginning of the show, at 8 p.m., a time when people’s kids were still up. As someone put it, she was behaving like an adult film star: “porn is hardly an acceptable way to demonstrate marital love in front of children, and at 8pm children ARE watching.”
One complaint went quite far:
Another person said “Her spread eagle poses barely covered her vulva and the smoke machine didn’t solve the problem.”
But while Beyoncé was the subject of most of the ire from viewers about the Grammys, other people who were targeted include Katy Perry for her performance of “Dark Horse,” which some felt was too dark (and others called “demonic”), and the mass wedding that took place during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance. People claimed Perry was literally taking part in “the summoning of Satan,” while others said that the mass wedding was an attempt to force the “gay agenda” on viewers.
I understand why people took issue with Beyoncé’s performance, though I’m surprised by the anger at the other performances. However, I think I’m more surprised by the fact that folks are still sending letters and hitting up the FCC like that. Who knew!?
But what do you think of all the complaints that were filed because of Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” performance, as well as the other controversial performances?