Rihanna and Britney Spears performed “S&M” together at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night where they finished their remix off with an on-stage kiss. Not surprisingly, the Parents Television Council has come a’knockin’.
According to E!, the PTC President wrote in a press release,
“What happened in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas, as the saying goes. It certainly has no place at 8:00 p.m. on the publicly-owned broadcast airwaves.”
“I cannot imagine what would possibly lead the ABC television network to air a profanity-laced, S&M sex show on primetime broadcast television. The overtly sexualized performance by Rihanna and Britney Spears was no accident or mishap, but a deliberate effort to target teens with images and lyrics that glamorize whips, chains and other sexual fantasies.”
We’re on the fence about this. Yes, the dry-humping of stripper poles wasn’t exactly appropriate for the early time-slot, but the song is called “S&M” and the performance was significantly toned down from the video. Besides, the camera turned away from the kiss. It’s unclear if it was even mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-cheek.