Pamela Anderson’s Nipples

Jeff Jarvis reports,

Pamela Anderson, appearing on Howard Stern this morning to plug her new Fox show Stacked, said that the network censors have come on the set and ordered that her nipples be “taped down” because you can’t have nipples before 10 p.m.

This shows the absurd lengths to which regulatory puritanism has gone: Now American women can’t have nipples, at least not before the “safe harbor,” when, apparently, nipples are suddenly, magically allowed to pop out again.

Put me in the pro-nipple camp as well. And, frankly, I can’t think of too many reasons to tune into a show called “Stacked” and featuring former Playboy Playmate and Baywatch diva Pamela Anderson as an, erm, “bookstore owner,” aside from the opportunity to ogle Anderson.

Bonus Parenting Tip: Shows starring Playboy models, especially those with a synonym for “large breasted” as the show’s title, are probably not appropriate for young children if one’s desire is to raise them never having seen the outline of a nipple.

FILED UNDER: Parenting, Popular Culture
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Comments

  1. What? You wouldn’t tune in for her acting talent?

    And, gee whiz, the commercials certainly make it look like nothing but wholesome family fun, so how could there be any confusion as to content?

    (And I will note that the whole “taping” business sounds a tad uncomfortable.

  2. Jon Henke says:

    Okay. Alright. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

  3. arky says:

    This is a little bogus, IMHO. There seems to have been a recent spate of this prominent nipplage display in prime time shows all across the networks. I’m constantly having to point out to my wife how cold it appears to be on the sets.
    Perhaps PSA’s is a more constant affliction, but it’s certain that the appearance of these artifacts is pretty prevalent on TV as it now exists.

  4. McGehee says:

    What idiot at Fox thought it would make good sense to schedule this show in a time slot before the nips could be viewed? Do they all watch only cable or something?

    I’m with James — no point in watching if they’re going to duct-tape the stars of the show.

    Hey Fox! Move this program to after 10 p.m.!

  5. Anderson says:

    Reminds me of a book about the making of the original “Star Trek,” which recounted the network censor’s hissyfit over an outfit that revealed the sub-nipple underside of the breast. Not only no nipple, said the censor, but no lower-breast at all. “Maybe he thought moss grew there,” the author mused.

  6. jen says:

    Fox doesn’t run programming after 10pm – local news is in that hour. It’s what makes Fox distinctive from the other networks. Supposedly.

    Seems to me that censors would be more concerned with the undie clad Survivors this season in the 8pm hour. I mean, James (contestant James, not the good Dr. Joyner) was letting it all hang out in his white boxer-briefs on the island. And there are the bras the ladies are sporting.

  7. McGehee says:

    Fox doesn’t run programming after 10pm – local news is in that hour.

    Monday through Friday, I believe.

  8. Ken says:

    How about we all arrive in the 21st century and stop worrying about nipples and start to worry about important stuff like feeding the millions of starving humans and maybe a little energy spent on improving the world in meaningful ways.

  9. Anderson says:

    How about we all arrive in the 21st century and stop worrying about nipples and start to worry about important stuff like feeding the millions of starving humans and maybe a little energy spent on improving the world in meaningful ways.

    And how about we do all this topless?

  10. wavemaker says:

    Is that what the show’s about?

    I thought that lady was awfully attractive for a bookworm.

    So she was on t.v. before?

  11. Nipplegate Redux
    James Joyner and Jeff Jarvis are up in arms that Fox network censors have allegedly insisted that Pamela Anderson’s nipples be “taped down”? on her new sitcom Stacked that debuted tonight (without my viewership), lest viewers be offended by her…

  12. b-psycho says:

    No OUTLINE of nipple before 10pm??

    The censormonkeys are lucky I don’t run Fox. I’d have Pam bent over a desk getting rammed like she owed the guy money, right in the pilot episode.

  13. Rick DeMent says:

    I guess they won’t be able to run The 10 Commandments this year at passover.