On Wednesday the Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel, a watchdog group that oversees broadcasting standards in France, issued a ruling stating that the promotional clips for both Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video and Britney Spears' "Work B***h" video should not be shown during the day or primetime hours.
The ruling also says the clips should be broadcast only after 10 p.m. Both videos had previously been shown during the day, but despite the fact that they sometimes displayed a warning beforehand, the message was not acceptable enough to keep allowing them to see the light of day. The council's decision also falls under a 2005 ruling that says videos with a risk of offending "the sensibilities of the young” should be pushed back to that time.
Spears' video was banned for displaying a "sadomasochistic universe that gives women a representation likely to shock many viewers," while Cyrus' nude swinging romp on an actual wrecking ball was singled out for showing "scenes of a sexual nature."
The racy videos currently have a combined 546.5 million views on Youtube.