The dress code memo for the Grammys leaked online, and holy cow is it sexist.
There are next to zero regulations in the Grammys dress code for guys, but there are plenty for girls. Here’s a sampling of what they’re demanding women wear–and not wear–on “Music’s Biggest Night,” courtesy of Crushable:
“Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST. This as well pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.”
So basically, no boobs–whether they be nipples, side boob, underboob–or butts or camel toes are allowed at the Grammys this year.
Look, I get it. It’s a family broadcast and it’s during primetime, so people want to avoid complaints and potential wardrobe malfunctions and the subsequent fines that come along with them. Fair enough. But why do we need to specify female nipples and breasts? Frankly, a lot of people would rather see Rihanna shirtless than, say, Elton John, and it’s pretty screwed up that there’s such a loud, clear double standard there. And let’s be real, his boobs are probably bigger than hers.
Part of why a lot of artists wear somewhat revealing clothing onstage isn’t just to sell sex (and, admittedly, that is a big part of it, because it garners them attention). It’s also in part because the less fabric there is, the less chance for them to tear, snag or trip over it, and with performers that also dance onstage under powerful lights, it gets very hot up there–so it’s a little irritating that someone like Ed Sheeran (who, for the record, I adore) is totally fine to rip off his shirt, while someone like Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj can’t.
Do you think that the Grammys dress code is fair? Do you think there’s inherent sexism in the dress code memo for the Grammys? Which performer do you think is most likely to test the Grammys’ limits on the dress code? Tell us in the comments!