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Miley Cyrus and Britney Spear too sexy for daytime French TV

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Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball and Britney Spear's Work B**tch videoclips have been banned from French daytime TV.

It appears that France's broadcasting watchdog, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), deemed Cyrus in general too sexy to be aired and viewed by an underage public which, funny enough, is actually the target for videos like Wrecking Ball or the even more raunchy Adore You.

We all know that sexy stuff is the bread and butter of the entertainment industry, and surely Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears are just doing what everyone else in the business does, which is trying to make as much money as possible. It seems that sexualizing their image to the extreme has helped both the pop singers to get to the top of the game, and the fact that younger Cyrus turned out even racier than Spear, her forerunner and example, may be a sign of the extreme time we are going through.

Sex, objectification of women, reinforced stereotypes seem to be pushed upon younger generations from all fronts, and it isn't always fair to say that this is what the mass market demands: on the contrary, desire and demand can be created specifically to sell certain products – or, in our case, certain music. Thing is, even if this is the general trend, it doesn't mean we should all play along with it regardless our opinion.

French TV watchdog, for instance, decided to take a step out of the line. On Thursday the CSA released a statement in which it discussed how French TV channels continuously broadcast Wrecking Ball at any time of the day and, significantly, without any parental guidance warnings.

The clip shows Cyrus writhing naked around a wrecking ball and it was deemed too sexually explicit, therefore only to be shown after 10pm, when TV programs are usually more suited for a public of adults.

Same instruction were given in regard of Spears' Work B**tch: the CSA described this video as "a sadomachistic universe representing women in a way that risks shocking many viewers."

While we don't think the present ban on French daytime TV would cause the slightest harm to neither of the showgirls' fame and fortune, it is possible that it will set a precedent for generally trying and push back the relapsed boundaries of how and when something can be showed on an invasive mass-media such as television. Probably just about the right time to introduce the topic.

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