Shit, Piss, Asshole And Four Others Targeted By FCC





"This is really, really fucking brilliant," said Bono during an acceptance speech at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards. That brief comment aired live on television and though the FCC initially ruled the comments were not indecent, in January FCC chairman Michael Powell demanded the decision be reversed. In October, when Bono's speech aired, the FCC levied no fines saying that the comments were not indecent because they "did not describe sexual or excretory organs or activities." Three months later however, at a National Press Club luncheon, Powell said, "I personally believe that this growing coarseness in use of such profanity . . . is abhorrent and irresponsible. And it's irresponsible of our programmers to continue to try to push the envelope." According to Rolling Stone, Powell is going to need votes from at least two of his fellow commissioners to reverse the Bono/f-word decision. He's also calling on Congress to raise obscenity fines on broadcasters to at least ten times the current max of $27,500 per violation.


It seems Capitol Hill is taking notice too. Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has pledged to seek an increase in penalties for broadcasters and eleven other Republicans along with Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-S.C.) have sponsored a resolution asking the FCC to revoke the license of TV stations that repeatedly air indecent material. This one's the best though. A pair of Republican Representatives from California and Texas, Doug Ose and Lamar Smith, respectively, have sponsored a bill that will completely ban the following seven words from all radio and TV broadcasts: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and asshole. Ose reasoned, "These seven words don't have any possible use over the public airwaves that can be anything but profane. There's just no use for them."

First off, it's strange, because I never even realized that piss was obscene. I mean, isn't pussy worse, or does that fall under the cunt category? How about dirty sanchez? That one's gross. I say, why sell ourselves short and limit the naughty list to just seven words. There has to be some more we can tack on, right?

These bills obviously raise First Amendment issues, but hey, the Patriot Act ignores the rights of American citizens to have a fair trial and legal representation, amongst other rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. That old thing is outdated anyway.




Posted:
Shit, Piss, Asshole And Four Others Targeted By FCC