The Federal Communications Commission is investigating NBC’s Fourth of July weekend special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour to determine if the special violated its rules against broadcast indecency or profanity.
The report says there were four complaints. However, The Hollywood Reporter claims the fourth complaint stems from a different appearance of the Wrecking Ball singer on a separate NBC show broadcast the same night.
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 6, 2014
One of the complaints focused on the Disney alum’s provocative dance with a man dressed as Abraham Lincoln.
“She was dressed more in line with a video geared towards MTV,” said the complaint. “Her performance was impropriate [sic] 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?”
— NBC (@nbc) July 6, 2014
Another complaint came from a parent who felt the PG-13/TV-14 rating was inaccurate. He complained that the inappropriate rating allowed the show to bypass his TV’s parental filter.
“I am offended, appalled and ready to start taking public action to remove this garbage from our televisions,” said the father.
— Station Summit (@StationSummit) July 1, 2014
The third complaint said: “Very graphic and disturbing for a Sunday evening 9 p.m. summertime broadcast.”
A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment and there was no response from Cyrus‘ camp about the investigation.
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