Swearing and nudity may get OK on broadcast TV
Mulling a rule change, the FCC is extending the comment period -- and getting plenty of responses.
According to The Hill, the FCC is allowing interested parties more time to submit comments regarding a proposed rule that would ease restrictions on cursing and nonsexual nudity. So far it has received more than 100,000 responses to its proposal, first issued in April, to make it easier for broadcasters to deal with situations such as Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl a few years ago.
Most commentators are urging the FCC, which extended the deadline for responses until Aug. 2, to scrap the idea.
"With America already undergoing a huge indecency problem, it's unfathomable to think the FCC actually wants to allow more filth such as frontal female nudity, the F-bomb, and the 'S' word on broadcast television during hours when our kids will be watching and listening," Penny Young Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, wrote in an op-ed for Fox News.com.
Broadcasters, however, have complained for years that the FCC's rules regarding indecency are unduly punitive and complicated. Moreover, they place broadcast networks at a disadvantage compared with cable channels, which don't have such restrictions. The broadcasters are particularly leery about getting busted for brief, unplanned "fleeting explicatives."
The FCC appears to be taking those concerns to heart. That has prompted Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of Morality in Media, to say in an interview that "we are definitely more worried" about the rules changing than in the past. She added that the FCC has undertaken "zero enforcement actions" in the past five years.
Cursing, which the FCC currently allows in the late evening, would be OK during the day when children may be watching, she said. Morality in Media is particularly concerned about the potential for nudity to be shown.
"There is no reason to have that," Hawkins said. "There are many other places to get that type of content."
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Id prefer that reality shows are banned and intelligent content return to TV. Im tired of paying $65.00 and having every one of the channels with the possible exception of possibly PBS insulting my meager intelligence.
We need A' la carte cable TV.
NSA = no big deal
Congress bought by corporations = no big deal
Seven million kids dying of horrible diseases every year = no big deal
A tit on TV = OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!!
America - Where you can show people's brains exploding, men and women being choked and nearly beaten nearly to death, and stabbing and gun murders all day long, but you better not show a nipple or say a naughty word!
prices. I think in this modern age cable companies should provide a base package of say 50 channels and let the customer "hand pick" what they want to watch. If they want to pick more sports channels or movie channels, etc let that be the customer's choice. However, I am paying for stations I don't use (Home Shopping, Music channels, BBC, etc.) and I am also paying for multiple non English speaking channels (Spanish, Hindu, Korean, etc.) that are of absolutely zero use to me and I am sure to many others.
looks like we know longer need a fcc if that's what their going to do.
I would hardly define female frontal nudity as "filth." This had to be written by the morality police...
The entertainment industry is filled with individuals intent on dragging the rest of the population down to their level of immorality. Sadly, their desire to do so is working very well. We are constantly lowering the bar on decency. The erosion of decency has been going on for so long that many of our younger citizenry have no idea what it means to be a decent and responsible citizen. Instead they see immorality as normal. Our children should be exposed to moral things, not immoral things. How about we stop lowering the bar and start raising it instead. For those who seek immoral entertainment, there will always be places to find that sort of thing. Leave our public airways free of such character eroding content.
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