Pussy Cat Dolls Sports Relief performance branded 'porn' by angry viewers

Danny Thompson
Contributor
Pussycat Dolls on Sport Relief 2020 (BBC1)

Pop band Pussycat Dolls are facing a backlash after a racy performance on BBC charity event Sport Relief, which some viewers compared to ‘porn’.

Lead by Nicole Scherzinger, the band performed in revealing PVC outfits while performing new song React - a fitting title considering this is exactly what some people at home did when they saw the members gyrating suggestively with chairs as props.

Many took to social media to complain, which prompted the BBC to respond they had worked with the group to ensure the performance was “suitable”.

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However, this wasn’t the word which sprung to the minds of many viewers, with one disgruntled Twitter user saying: "What the hell have the pussycat dolls got on i thought I was watching a porn movie.”

Another said: “Pussycat Dolls are so Cringe... If you want to see women in under wear just mouthing into a microphone shaped object, may I suggest Porn Hub instead?"

However, others enjoyed the performance and defended the Don’t Cha hitmakers.

One responded: “How can anyone moan! They looked and danced amazing and sexy! Phew.”

The Dolls themselves also took to Twitter following the performance to thank the BBC and Sport Relief and posted a video of their performance.

The BBC were also happy with the performance and release a statement defending them.

It read: "We worked with the band to ensure their performance was suitable.

"The Pussycat Dolls are well known for their dance routines and outfits and we announced at the start of the show that they would be appearing.

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"Their performance then came towards the end of the programme, just before 8pm.

"As with all performers, we worked with the band to ensure their performance was suitable for the programme.

"We felt it was appropriate for the time slot and wouldn’t fall outside the expectations of most viewers. However, we appreciate that some viewers didn’t agree."

Despite controversy, the event proved popular and raised a whopping £40m for charity.