In a stunt that would never, ever pass muster in the U.S., even on cable television, a streaker ran onstage at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast, Northern Ireland, chatting with actress and awards presenter Hayden Panettiere ... completely naked and uncensored on European television.
After days of denial, the streaker, actor David Monahan (24), eventually confessed that the stunt was coordinated by MTV's production people. Although Panettiere was in on the gag, neither the audience nor 99% of MTV's staff knew about the planned streak.
Monahan says that MTV's producers approached him after hearing that the actor was willing to do nude scenes. In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, he said:
"It was the writers who came up with the idea of having a streaker as part of a skit. They were looking for an actor, and because I'd talked about going for a casting for Game Of Thrones naked, my name was mentioned. I got a call from MTV on Saturday asking me to come over."
In the U.S., where thousands of people can be slaughtered on prime time television but a half-second flash of Janet Jackson's nipple results in fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars, MTV sadly would not be allowed to do a similar uncensored stunt on local television.
After the jump, check out a few censored and uncensored photos we've dug up as well as uncensored video footage. Let's hope American television can catch up someday.