ABS-CBN to meet with MTRCB over Anne Curtis
MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN has received the summons from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to explain what MTRCB has described as the “allegedly provocative number and outfit of one of its female stars.”
This is according to Bong Osorio, head of the ABS-CBN Head of Integrated Corporate Communication Division, who confirmed Wednesday afternoon, February 27, that ABS-CBN would be attending the meeting.
“The representatives of ASAP will be attending the meeting called by the MTRCB on Tuesday, March 5, to discuss the issue.”
The MTRCB investigation was first made public over social networking site Twitter. In a message on its official account, the classification body said it was “Citing its Memo of Understanding w/ABS-CBN, et al to ensure gender-sensitivity, MTRCB calls ASAP over provocative number.”
MTRCB chairman Toto Villareal confirmed the investigation in a statement Wednesday morning.
“We will see if the program was indeed gender-insensitive, which may be a violation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Portrayal of Women in Media and Film that the MTRCB signed with networks including ABS-CBN.” The message, originally in Filipino, continued to say that the MTRCB expects the cooperation of the network during the course of the investigation.
The controversial ASAP episode had Curtis singing Rihanna’s “Diamonds”wearing what appeared to be a strapless black gown, with a slit that revealed the length of her leg almost to her waist, and suggested the actress wore little to nothing underneath.
Curtis has since explained the outfit, claiming there was no wardrobe malfunction.
“As you can see,” said the actress over Twitter and photo network Instagram, “We have a bodysuit with a hidden tangga to make way for the sky high slit skirt. It is made out of 2 pieces. In fact the 'tangga' is made out of swimsuit material which Boom Sason is also known for making. I was completely protected.”
The Instagram post, which went on to gather some 23,000 likes and numerous messages of support, has the Australian-Filipino actress reassuring the public of her commitment to “securing myself” after a previous wardrobe malfunction. "Just relax everyone! Wearing a tangga is no newbie in the industry!"
Curtis' newest Instragram post shows the actress in a distinctly unprovocative outfit. Rappler.com.