In the wise words of Beyoncé, it doesn't seem Fox and ABC are ready for all that jelly ... at least when it's attached to a plus-size model.

According to BrandWeek, both major networks have either censored or banned sexy lingerie ads by plus-size clothiers Lane Bryant.

The clothing company for size 14–32 women took to its own Inside Curve blog to explain the frustrating matter to fans. As the company puts it:

"ABC and Fox have made the decision to define beauty for you by denying our new, groundbreaking Cacique commercial from airing freely on their networks. ABC restricted our airtime and refused to show the commercial during "Dancing With the Stars." Fox demanded excessive re-edits and rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of "American Idol," but only after we threatened to pull the ad buy. Yes, these are the same networks that have scantily clad housewives so desperate they seduce every man on the block, and don't forget Bart Simpson, who has shown us the moon more often than NASA, all in what they call 'family hour.'"

So, what's the real issue? Read on to see the video -- and curves -- causing all the commotion.

So far the ads have been pulled from YouTube and Lane Bryant, but are they really all that offensive? Take a look and judge for yourself. All we see are a few gorgeous plus-size brunettes wearing the new lingerie while lounging around a large and luxe French-style house.


The most risqué part of the video is perhaps the tie between the sultry-sounding voice-over and the scene in which one of the models appears to be heading to lunch wearing nothing but a lacy bra and underwear under her trench.

But, no, it's actually the flash of ample cleavage that's behind the complaints coming from the networks, says Lane Bryant.

That's right, cleavage -- on full display on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" and in pixelated form on Fox's "Family Guy."

Adding insult to injury, it's not as if these two networks only feature ads with Amish women. Both ABC and Fox have televised the Super Bowl. And the last time Fox did so (in 2008), the broadcast was littered with ads featuring busty Victoria's Secret models, not to mention all of the scantily clad ladies hawking beer.

And this time-honored tradition of showing commercials featuring svelte women dripping with sex appeal continues today on both channels, so it's likely the real issue is the fact that the networks weren't ready to shock their viewers with with imperfect bulges and natural curves.

This, combined with new research that says women's self-esteem actually drops when seeing plus-size women in advertisements, just makes us shake our imperfect heads.
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