Dannii, Got Talent cleared of complaints
Britain's TV regulator has cleared both Dannii Minogue and Britain's Got Talent in relation to separate viewer complaints.
Ofcom, Britain’s television watchdog has cleared both Dannii Minogue and Britain’s Got Talent of any wrong-doing following a string of complaints over separate issues.
Minogue was given the all-clear over a joke she made about a contestant’s sexuality on The X Factor.
After singer Danyl Johnson changed the gender of his lyrics in the Dreamgirl’s song I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going, Minogue joked that if bisexuality reports in the newspaper were true he needn’t have directed his lyrics to a female.
The high-rating show netted nearly 4,000 complaints over the remark, while Minogue formally apologised on air the next day and made a public apology on her website.
But Ofcom found that Johnson’s sexuality had “passed freely into the public domain” through a number of newspaper interviews “in circumstances he chose and controlled”. It also ruled that Minogue wasn’t homophobic in her remarks (as if!).
“In Ofcom’s view it was not outside the established nature of the programme for an X Factor judge to make such a comment as Dannii Minogue’s, especially in circumstances where the performer had placed information about his sexuality in the public domain,” the media regulator said.
But it also noted ‘outing’ of participants in television programmes should not be encouraged, condoned or legitimised.
Meanwhile, there were 53 complaints that Britain’s Got Talent had exploited singer Susan Boyle, who was hospitalised after her appearances on the talent show.
But Ofcom does not cover the “welfare and dignity” of those over 18 unless a formal complaint is made by the individual concerned or someone acting directly on their behalf.
“Susan Boyle did not appear humiliated of particularly distressed, and when the result was announced on air at the end of the final she swiftly congratulated (winners) Diversity for their win,” it said, rejecting any breach of the broadcasting code.