Rita Ora accidentally caused public outrage on Monday evening because of the dress that she wore during her appearance on the BBC.
The 24-year-old singer decided to wear a white trouser suit without a top underneath her blazer while on The One Show. After the show concluded, the BBC was soon inundated with complaints because of her choice of attire. You can check out what she wore below.
— The Independent (@Independent) January 7, 2015
According to the Mirror, around 400 viewers were so incensed with her outfit that they even decided to call up and complain to the BBC because of it. They were adamant that it was far too risque for a pre-watershed time slot.
The BBC has now confirmed that it received over 400 complaints, while Ofcom declared that they’d received about 28. However the latter, which is the government-approved regulator for British television, has yet to reveal if they will actually investigate the matter.
Following the incident, a BBC spokesman came out and explained that guests are allowed to wear whatever they want when they appear on The One Show.
“The One Show allows guests to choose their own attire and pop stars often opt for something glamorous or striking. We didn’t feel that Rita’s outfit would be outside of most viewers’ expectations of that of a major pop star, but we appreciate that tastes vary.”
However, as more and more complaints rolled in, those in control over at The One Show decided to try and end the incident once and for all by apologizing for Rita Ora’s outfit on Facebook. They even noted that if it had been up to them, they would have asked Rita Ora to change her clothes.
“We’re sorry to those of you who were offended by Rita Ora’s choice of outfit on yesterday’s show. If we had been consulted on it we would have requested she wore something more suitable for 7pm.”
People soon came out in defence of Rita Ora and her choice of outfit, though. Here’s a selection of tweets endorsing what she had on.
The more I see that photo of Rita Ora’s One Show outfit the more I can’t freaking believe that the BBC APOLOGISED for it — Hannah Louise (@hannahlouisef) January 7, 2015
If you were offended by Rita Ora’s cleavage you could have: -changed the channel -turned off your tv -gone back to the 50s where u came from
— katie (@xjoydivisionx) January 7, 2015
If you’ve formally complained about Rita Ora on The One Show last night you don’t deserve eyes.
— David Preece (@davidpreece12) January 7, 2015
[Image via BBC]