Too sexy for small screens

Too sexy for small screens

The stations have spoken. We don't want that much sexiness on our small screens, thank you very much.

Last month, Korean TV networks such as KBS, SBS and MBC banned several risque K-pop dance routines from being shown on their channels.

It was reportedly triggered by feedback from the media and members of the public who were concerned that children and teenagers would be "led astray" by such sexual innuendos - especially since recent months have seen an increase in music videos that push the limits of decency.

A Korean variety show even studied male viewers' brainwaves when they watched such routines and concluded that their mental focus went down during that period, thereby providing circumstantial "evidence" for the ban.

The three offensive routines that have been singled out as unsuitable for Korean TV are: Dancing suggestively on the floor, touching or grabbing one's body parts and stripping off parts of your outfit.

In the last few weeks, four popular K-pop girl groups - Rainbow Blaxx, Girl's Day, AOA and Dal Shabet - have been forced to modify their moves for their TV performances on music programmes such as Music Bank, Music Core and Inkigayo.


In Rainbow Blaxx's Cha Cha music video, the girls sit on the floor with their legs spread in a sensuous arc. Now, its seven members perform the same part of the song with crossed legs.

In Girl's Day's Something, the criticism was for their crawling on the ground and seductively staring down the camera as they gyrated. The girls also gave viewers an eyeful of the undergarments that they had on beneath their slit dresses. In the modified version, they sit on their knees, which hides much of their undies.

Such changes have been termed "awkward" and "unnatural" by netizens who dug out the original routine and made comparisons.

AOA were probably hit hardest when they had to do without their signature unzipping routine on TV for their hit song Miniskirt.

In the music video, the girls unzip the bottom part of their dresses suggestively.

Seolhyun, Hyejeong, Jimin, Choa, Chanmi, Mina, You Kyung and Yuna now run their hands down their hips and sport already unzipped dresses.

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