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'X Factor' pants-dropping moment prompts indecency complaint

September 24th, 2011 4:44 am by Associated Press

'X Factor' pants-dropping moment prompts indecency complaint

In this image released by Fox, judges, from left, Nicole Sherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid attend "The X Factor" screening at the Arclight Cinerama Dome on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 in Los Angeles. The series premiere airs on Sept. 21 a

LOS ANGELES — It seems Geo Godley and his blurred genital area didn't just leave an impression on Paula Abdul. The Parents Television Council has filed an indecency complaint after "The X Factor" contestant dropped his pants during the audition phase featured in Wednesday night's two-hour premiere.

The blurred-crotch segment aired shortly after 9 p.m. EDT, when indecent content is regulated by the network's prime-time standards. PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement: "The prolonged, previously videotaped footage of a contestant dancing nude on the 'X Factor' stage represents a conscious decision by the producers — with the approval of the network's broadcast standards department — to intentionally air this content in front of millions of families during hours when they knew full well that children would be watching."

Godley, who performed "I'm Too Sexy," cavorted across the stage as an "X'' logo covered what appeared to be his nude nether regions. Godley told TMZ, though, he was wearing a leopard-print thong.

Regardless, the performance yielded a melodramatic reaction from Abdul, who stormed off the stage.

Fox declined to comment on the PTC complaint or to confirm whether Godley was, in fact, wearing a thong. An FCC spokesperson didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

"The X Factor" isn't the only show to come under fire from the PTC recently. The group has also spoken out against NBC's new series "The Playboy Club."

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