The summer concert series run by ABC’s “Good Morning America” became host of the latest wardrobe malfunction late last week, courtesy of singer Nicki Minaj. Although the reaction of the American public is not rising anywhere near the hysterical level produced by the infamous Janet Jackson slip-up, Parents Television Council was once again disappointed.
As was the case in the Jackson incident, if you weren’t paying very close attention, you may have missed it. Unlike the Jackson incident, the show upon which the malfunction occurred wasn’t the highest profile annual television even in existence.
But PTC can be counted on to register its objections, and again the organization did not disappoint. PTC’s Tim Winter stated, “For the umpteenth time in recent memory a morning news show has included inappropriate content for children and families.”
ABC apologized for the incident, which aired in the east but was excised from footage in versions of the program seen west of that time zone. “Although we had a five-second delay in place for the Nicki Minaj concert on GMA, the live East Coast feed of the concert regrettably included certain fleeting images of the performer that were taken out of later feeds of the broadcast in other time zones.”
RBR-TVBR observation: We are heartened that this accident does not seem to be provoking another international incident. It was clearly unintended and so fleeting that if you blink at the wrong time you’d miss it. PTC likes to pretend that this sort of thing happens all the time, but the fact is that the occurrences are few and far between, and it is a tiny price to pay to preserve the ability of broadcasters to bring live news and entertainment programming to the nation without having to worry about six figure fines and possible challenges to their broadcast license.
The performance is available here. The nip slip occurs at about the 3:04 point.