The fleeting appearance of Nancy Grace’s right nipple during a recent “Dancing with the Stars” episode prompted about a dozen viewers to write the Federal Communications Commission to beef about the prime time wardrobe malfunction.
The indecency complaints, a selection of which you’ll find here, were received by the FCC following the September 26 broadcast of the hit ABC program. At the conclusion of Grace’s Quickstep performance with partner Tristan MacManus, the HLN host’s breast migrated out of the top of her dress.
This brief exposure prompted some Americans to contact the FCC to express their outrage (though it is hard to tell which correspondents were writing solely for the laughs). The complaints were released today by the FCC in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The names of complainants were redacted by agency officials.
Angered that Grace “displayed her pornographic breast and nipple on national television,” a Los Angeles resident argued that she and ABC should be “fined for this disgusting and godless display.” Writing from Arlington, Virginia, another viewer charged that Grace knew that her breast might pop out. When Grace’s “nipple private” emerged, the viewer added, it “scared my children.”
Another “Dancing” fan stated, “I want action!!! I am so offended to see her boob, my kids are traumatized. I want action against her and this network!!!” Also concerned for underage viewers, a Houston, Texas resident wrote, “Exposed female nipple during a time when my kids were watching. Completely unacceptable.”
A New Yorker concluded that Grace’s nip slip was “clearly done on purpose to generate news stories and interest in the show.”
Other FCC complaints show that viewers of the celebrity dance competition were miffed about other non-mammary matters. Referring to Chaz Bono as a “confused person,” one viewer wrote that they were “tired of the homosexual community trying to normalize their abnormal behavior” and would “not watch this show now and forever because they crossed the last line for me.” A few viewers did not like Kristin Cavallari’s use of the word “bitch,” while a Cantonment, Florida man thought the program was “vulgar especially as it relates to their scant costumes.”