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FCC to Regulate 'Profane' Speech

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the unholy-irreligious-ungodly-impious-unsanctified-secular dept.

Censorship 1206

The Importance of writes "The FCC has been regulating 'indecent' speech on the airwaves for quite some time, but have been getting a lot more attention recently. For example, during last year's Golden Globe Awards U2's Bono said 'This is really, really f-ing brilliant.' Last October the FCC ruled that was ok. Yesterday, under political pressure, the FCC overruled that decision. However, for the first time, the FCC also ruled that the f-word is not only 'indecent' but also 'profane.' According to this new decision by the FCC, any speech that is grossly offensive, whether or not it has anything to do with sex or excretion, is 'profane.' This is a major step forward (backward?) for FCC censors. My analysis is here."

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may I be the first to say (4, Funny)

squarefish (561836) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613879)

whether or not it has anything to do with sex or excretion, is 'profane.'

holy fucking shit ;)

Re:may I be the first to say (4, Funny)

wankledot (712148) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613906)

Man, you come along and add religion to the mix on that one, excellent work!

Re:may I be the first to say (0)

NuTTyGuY (749106) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613942)

"...holy fucking shit ;)"

what exactly is "holy fucking shit"?? think about that....

Re:may I be the first to say (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613945)

ah you've added religion to the mix! I personally think religious exclamations like "In God We Trust" or "under god" are profane. What if I dont believe in God, or at least your god? Why must I be forced to listen to religious nuts prattle on about God?

If you take away my ability to say curse words, then I want to take away your ability to say religious words.

Yes, I see everything in P2P-colored glasses... (1)

turnstyle (588788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613970)

Here's my concern.

With the "solutions" that would legalize P2P by collecting a tax, and redistributing it to authors -- will they too exclude "offensive" work?

It strikes me as a pretty nasty freedom of speech issue.

Along those lines, I'm listening to Lenny Bruce's "To is a Preposition, Come is a Verb" right now. From All Music:

"Following Lenny Bruce's death in 1966, his mother allowed Douglas Records to release these tapes that Bruce wanted to use in court during his obscenity trials as part of his defense. Bruce couldn't believe he was being continuously arrested for his words. He wanted to use these tapes as proof to the judge and jury that he was not obscene, but that his bits were simply being taken out of context. Bruce chose to ignore the irony that these same tapes contained many of the bits that got him arrested in the first place."

Re:may I be the first to say (4, Funny)

Damek (515688) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613976)

Considering the article talks about how the definition of profane is speech or conduct "irreverent to something held sacred" ... this comment makes total sense. Not only is it a shit (excretion) for fucking (sex), it is also a *holy* shit, and therefore a secred peice of sex-related excrement. To put your winky smily at the end, you are obviouisly treating this sacred poop of copulation with irreverence, and therefore you are being wholly profane. I condemn thee!

Don't forget... (-1)

SCO$699FeeTroll (695565) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613881)

...to pay your $699 licensing fee you cock-smoking teabaggers.

Long overdue FCC! (1, Troll)

ChaoticChaos (603248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613886)

I, for one, applaud the long overdue efforts of the FCC to crack down on this kind of thing. As a father with children, or just a human being for that matter, it's disturbing how society continues to slide towards being more disrespectful and crass toward each other.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613907)

fuck you and your childs

Re:Long overdue FCC! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613932)

...you're an idiot. Anyone who uses "kids" as an excuse should be shot.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613968)

Anyone who uses "kids" as an excuse should be shot

in the eye with cum

Re:Long overdue FCC! (3, Funny)

negacao (522115) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613947)

I don't like your tone of voice, I think I'll sensor you.

[note: this is NOT called irony.]

Re:Long overdue FCC! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613984)

Looks like someone already censored the dude with a Flamebait mod. I really hope I get to meta mod this one.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8614050)

Why? Flamebait is fair. It's closed minded idiots like that who make us have these assinine problems to begin with.

"Ooooh I have kids, I don't want them to hear those things!" Fuck you, asshole. Raise your own kids.

Uh, how about you teach your fucking kids that it's not nice to say them. Who cares if they hear "wow, fucking brilliant!"?

Re:Long overdue FCC! (4, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613962)

Lord forbid that YOU have to raise your little cracker spawn. That's what the TV's for right? Read my sig, it has a special relevance to people like you who expect the government to protect your children from your own bad parenting.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8614037)

Oh look, a racist. Hi, racist.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (1, Redundant)

Bull999999 (652264) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613966)

How about not using the TV as baby sitter?

Re:Long overdue FCC! (1)

ChaoticChaos (603248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614030)

How about growing a brain. They rarely watch it. Don't make assumptions. I'm sure many children were wathing the Superbowl.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (0)

duck_oil (645053) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613974)

Absolutely. Why can't people express their opinion without swearing? It's the quick n' easy, lame-o way to me. And if you need to be around swearing that bad, check out teh Intraweb.

Of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613993)

As we all know, it's the government's job to keep our language clean. And to parent our children for us. And to provide us with jobs. And to...

Re:Long overdue FCC! (2, Insightful)

Ooblek (544753) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614008)

I personally would rather teach my children what crass behavior is exactly, rather than have some relgious-controlled, non-elected government entity define do it for me.
I don't know....I think I prefer crass to waking up to a loud speaker shouting, "Time for Teletubbies! Time for Teletubbies!" every morning for our government mandated exercise session. Also chanting Kumbiyah with your neighbors at sundown every day doesn't appeal to me either.

We are doomed to be food for Morlocks; it is becoming more obvious every day.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (1, Flamebait)

Bryan Gividen (739949) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614014)

Despite what these other people are saying, I firmly agree with you. The excuse can be made that you should monitor what your children watch, but anyone who thought their child would be exposed to the F word or Janet Jackson's nipple shield in primetime, atenna television is either Ms. Cleo or paranoid. It's not that people like this guy aren't monitoring what his children are watching, its that it is too late to turn it off after you realize it should be turned off...

Re:Long overdue FCC! (1)

ChaoticChaos (603248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614072)

Bingo!

Nice Moderation (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8614017)

I like how the parent comments is modded as "flamebait" for posting an honest opinion that many other people believe also.

Nice censorship there. You people really are hypocrites.

Re:Nice Moderation (1)

DataCannibal (181369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614080)

Fuck off. It's not censoship to pass comment on someone elses speech. Has anybody stopped him/her posting. No censorsip and no nhyprocisry heer pal.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (2, Insightful)

DataCannibal (181369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614028)

I, for one, am glad that I and my children don't live in America.

Have you never heard of an off-switch or don't they build then into American TVs so you cant steal from the TV companies by switching off and not watching the progams that occasionally appear between the adverts ?

Re:Long overdue FCC! (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614034)

So I take it you keep their heads in the sand about all the wars and bloody conflicts around the world, and protect them from violent professional sports, some of which whose players are even more dangerous off the field?

The FCC should handle the allotment of the EM spectrum to licensees-period, much like the local transportation department maintains all the traffic lights. Nothing more, nothing less.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (3, Insightful)

macdaddy (38372) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614040)

As a citizen in allegedly one of the most "free" countries in the world I am appalled by the FCC's actions. I'm not sure what disturbs me more, the fact that the FCC is yet again trying regulate speech or the fact that this country is so fucking full of god damned prudes.

Re:Long overdue FCC! (1)

Safety Cap (253500) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614041)

How about you actually raise your children instead of using TeeVee to do it, Troll?

Re:Long overdue FCC! (1)

SpermanHerman (763707) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614055)

Look buddy, it's people like you who are turning this country into a communist nut-house. Do you believe in the first amendment?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Look at howard stern, this gov't is using the fcc as a tool to silence free speech.

If you don't like it TURN IT OFF.

~SpermanHerman

All I can say is... (-1, Offtopic)

mu_wtfo (224511) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613892)

Fuck that.

Re:All I can say is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613955)

Fucking fuckity fuck.

Shit fuck? Fuck!

Damn shit fuckers.

Fuck the FCC (-1, Redundant)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613895)

Fucking FCC can suck my left nut. Bitch.

Oh sorry, my medication kicked in.

YAY! Lets watch out mouths now! (1)

MadWicKdWire (734140) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613898)

I hope the FCC+FBI doesn't start monitoring my IM conversations... With my typing... they need to censor everything I say! Shit... stupid FCC FBI fuckers!

frist spot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613901)

frost spit

really? uhoh... (0, Offtopic)

negacao (522115) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613908)

shit damn fuck bitch cock cunt george bush slut bitch whore cunt damn fuck shit

now, of those words, which one is REALLY vulgar? [not to mention, a bit daft] :)

Re:really? uhoh... (2, Funny)

DonServo (727377) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613943)

Looks like the first line of most of the spam that arrives in my junk folder...

Major problems ahead.... (3, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613910)

" any speech that is grossly offensive, whether or not it has anything to do with sex or excretion, is 'profane.' "

Anything anyone can say is offensive to someone. Expect to see this used against all sorts of things that no sane person would think of as 'profane'.

Re:Major problems ahead.... (1)

fatwreckfan (322865) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613983)

Hahaha!

Funny you mention that...I was playing a crappy online game they other day, and someone said something along the lines of "Well, I'm off to smoke a blunt" and one of the others in the room freaked out because they said "blunt." Apparently speaking of drugs was totally offensive to them.

Re:Major problems ahead.... (1)

System.out.println() (755533) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613996)

We should have a mod system for TV, like what Slash has.... no wait, we'd get all sorts of bad mods modding crap like Entertainment Tonight up....

Re:Major problems ahead.... (2, Funny)

Johnny_Law (701208) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613999)

Anything anyone can say is offensive to someone.


I am offended you would imply such things! Nothing my children ever say or do is offensive.
/me puts fingers in his ears.

Just in case anyone was offended by this post, this was a joke.

Re:Major problems ahead.... (0, Offtopic)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614046)

I'm offended that you would think I would be offended by your offensive joke about being offended. Ok enough of that....

Re:Major problems ahead.... (2, Insightful)

Demogoblin (249774) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614010)

Would you rather hear "asshole" or "inner anal passageway?"

my new profane word of choice (5, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613911)

From now on, I will use the word FCC as my favourite swear word.

Here's an example: "This is FCCing brilliant!"

I'll let you guess the exact pronunciation.
-

Re:my new profane word of choice (0)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614007)

Why not use it as a pajoritive? You know, "I need to take a FCC" or "he's a total FCC" or "This is realy FCC right here". Seems to work well enough.

Re:my new profane word of choice (4, Funny)

arcanumas (646807) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614015)

In other news, the "fsck" Unix utility has been removed from Unix distributions due to similarity with profane vocabulary. A replacement called JesusLovesYourFilesystem is being developed.

Profane FP (-1)

Muda69 (718162) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613913)

/. is fucking stupid!

Re:Profane FP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613978)

you're kind of "dim", aren't you...

What about visuals? (2, Interesting)

Pranjal (624521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613914)

...or is it only speech? For example will the Janet super bowl fiasco be regulated?

Defend the First Amendment... (5, Interesting)

scrytch (9198) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613918)

... with the Second.

A housemate of mine used to love that expression. Only guy I knew who was a card-carrying member of both the ACLU and the NRA.

I'm all out of rhetoric to spew on this one. (3, Funny)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613921)

I can't think of anything to say about this that hasn't been said million, billion times, so I'm just going to dump some Forrest Gump into it.
  • Forrest: (voice-over) There was this man, giving a little talk. And for some reason, he was wearing an American flag for a shirt...
  • Abbie Hoffman: Now, I'm going to bring up some soldiers that are going to talk about the war, man...
  • Forrest: (voice-over) ... and he liked to say the "F" word. A lot. "F" this and "F" that. And every time...
  • Abbie Hoffman: ... that war has come home, and we have to stop these politicians...
  • Forrest: (voice-over) ... he said "F" word, people, for some reason, well, they'd cheer.

Re:I'm all out of rhetoric to spew on this one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8614020)

that wasnt abbie hoffman,

abbie hoffman was not british.
(or whatever that accent was)

it was portrayed as abbie hoffman, but i dont think he ever spoke at that protest0

Crap [obligatory swearword in title - CHECK!] (4, Informative)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613922)

I'd guess that NWA (Niggers With Attitude) will never be played again then, even their name probably breaks the rules; as for thier 'Fuck the motherfucking police', well, I doubt that'll ever see the light of day :-) Guess you guys won't get 'Roger Melly, the man on telly' any more either (if you ever did)

Over here in the UK, the thinking seems to be leaning to more leniency rather than more crackdown. There's an article [bbc.co.uk] on the BBC site asking 'Has swearing lost its power to outrage' talking about on-screen profanity...

Simon.

Bloody sods! (3, Insightful)

Darken_Everseek (681296) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613926)

Whose definition of "grossly offensive" are we going by, anyways?

Re:Bloody sods! (4, Insightful)

red floyd (220712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613982)

Well, if we go by my definition, I find said FCC ruling to be grossly offensive, as it clearly violates the constitution!

The Battle Rages On (4, Insightful)

Bryan Gividen (739949) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613928)

I'm so torn on this subject. It's something that I think has so many valid points on either side. If I plan on watching something like the Grammy's or some other award shows (or the Super Bowl halftime show) I don't at all expect to be seeing or hearing some of the crap I have seen. With that, I can see how regulations and stricter rules are a must. But then I see how far government agencies can take things...

*sigh* A struggle more eternal than Linux and SCO...

I don't care ... (0, Flamebait)

Reez (65123) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613931)

because I live nowhere near America.

Overreaching their charter (5, Insightful)

Fulcrum of Evil (560260) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613934)

Do the FCC even have the right to add new things to the list of what they regulate? It was my understanding that they enforced decency regs, but could not define them.

Damn it! (5, Insightful)

dartmouth05 (540493) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613936)

This is a serious blow against freedom of speech and expression. While the airwaves belong to the public and all, it is ludicrous to censor something because it is deemed to be "grossly offensive."

Many people find Howard Stern's show to be grossly offensive, however many other people love it. If Stern's show really stepped over the line, people would stop listening to it. If people stopped listening to it, the show would be canceled, and he would be off the air.

I don't understand how Republicans get away with this level of hypocrisy. They are in favor of privitization and less Government regulation of businesses, except when it comes to what can be said in the media. Republicans are in favor of states' rights, except when it comes to a state choosing to allow same-sex marraige. Republicans are "ultra-moralistic" in their own minds, impeaching President Bill Clinton for lying about a sexual relationship, but when it comes to a Republican aide in the Senate hacking into sensitive Democrat files, only Orin Hatch has the honor to stand against it.

The FCC's ruling is really, really fucking awful.

~JISA

Re:Damn it! (1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8614054)

It's not the fucking republicans, it's the goddamn "holier-than-thou" christians who, unfortunately, happen to be republicans more often than not. I consider myself republican-leaning and an atheist. I don't give a flying shit what people say on the airwaves.

Re:Damn it! (1)

BillFarber (641417) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614060)

I don't understand how Republicans get away with this level of hypocrisy

I just want to point out that only 22 representatives (out of 500+) voted against the bill last week to increase fines given out by the FCC. That means alot of democrats voted in favor of the bill. Agree with it or not, this is a bipartisan issue. Soccer moms don't want little Johnny to hear Howard Stern on the radio.

Like a woman suffering PMS (1, Insightful)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613938)

You just don't KNOW what the FCC will decide next. I mean, if it were anything else, this would be a big indicator that the current ruling body is worthless... when their whole course of direction... their whole idealism... can just change on a whim.

Plain and simple, the FCC needs to decide what its stance actually is, and evolve from there... NOT take back all of your progress because someone with money has a vested interest

cue tin foil hat. (1, Funny)

Valar (167606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613940)

OMG. How long until Kerry commercials are ruled obscene and banned from the airwaves? Everything is propaganda! Run for it. The cheerios commercials have subliminal ads in them! RRRRAAAAAAAASSSSKKKKKK!!!~~1

Ob Family Guy (1)

EricWright (16803) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614068)

Peter: Look Brian, there's a message in my Alpha-Bits. It says "ooooooo".

Brian: Those are Cheerios, Peter.

Support Howard (5, Interesting)

fluke_finder (708045) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613944)

The Passion of the Stern lives on!

Here in Canada... (5, Funny)

Opalima (744615) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613946)

... almost anything goes. Maybe we're more open minded. Maybe we're a little less uptight. Maybe we watch a little too much American TV.

Howard Stern (1, Insightful)

NineNine (235196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613953)

Really, this is all about Howard Stern, who's trying his damnedest to get Bush out of office. Of course, the FCC is run by all of Bush's people, so Bush, who has never read our country's Constitution, is trying to get Stern shut down because he is a legitimate threat. Fuck Bush and Fuck the FCC. They're all fucking assholes.

Fuck this! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613958)

Im moving out of the US next chance I get and quicker if asshole gets re-elected

broadcast tv only? (0)

quelrods (521005) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613959)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't the fcc only regulate broadcast tv? AFAIK this doesn't affect cable or satelite. In which case the impact is rather minimal.

This does not lead to censorship (0, Flamebait)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613961)

This does not lead to censorship. It merely states that we are protecting 5 year olds from profanity. I know, i know, the 'for the children argument', but in this case, it's being correctly applied.

Kids that age do not need to be asking their parents what words like that mean. They simply aren't mature enough. Little kids say things to get rises out of people...

The public owns the television airwaves, and their wishes are to be respected. This has been coming for a while, Janet Jackson or not.

What's new here? (1, Insightful)

rajinikanth (235707) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613963)

Why do people want to push the envelope on profanity in public airwaves? The business is regulated as everyone knows, so play by the rules. Let Stern say whatever he wants on PPV, no one is going to regulate it. As long as it is a law, follow it. I see no reason for broadcasters to allow profane language in their broadcasts.

Definitions? (3, Insightful)

kefoo (254567) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613972)

Who defines what is "indecent" or "profane"? As the article hints at, these are highly subjective classifications. Are we going to end up with oversensitive people trying to outlaw every other thing said on television because it offends them personally?

Re:Definitions? (1)

Queuetue (156269) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614047)

Yes, almost certainly.

Re:Definitions? (1)

2MuchC0ffeeMan (201987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614070)

I Think U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in 1964 said (in regards to obscenity), "I know it when I see it."

so, ask him.

Profane! (4, Funny)

jo42 (227475) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613977)


> My analysis

BZZZZZZT!!!

The word "analysis" contains ANAL.

Therefore the word "analysis", "analyst" and derivatives have been declared indecent & profane and shall be removed from the English language forthwith.

- by Ruling of the FCC

PARENT YOUR OWN KIDS (4, Insightful)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613985)


"Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but unlike charity, it should end there."
-- Clare Booth Luce, American playwright and diplomat

This is sickening... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8613986)

In Bush's Amerika, the FCC rules YOU!

Just plain sad (1)

slusich (684826) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613992)

It's silly that this is something our society is so worried about. Let's all waste a huge amount of effort and time to keep profanity off the air, and I'm sure all the problems of unemployment, poverty, violent crime etc will all work themselves out.

Dyslexic Mind (2, Funny)

toupsie (88295) | more than 10 years ago | (#8613994)

I thought this was about "Propane Speech" and there was some bizarre Hank Hill linkage. Aw, well, too much toons in my life.

Going backwards... nice. (1)

DroopyStonx (683090) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614000)

This country needs to be LESS restrictive, not more restrictive. Their initial decision about Bono's comment was a smart and wise one. Back then I thought, "Fucking finally... they've got their heads out of their asses and are starting to realize that these are just 'words'."

But it's sad to see that we're going backwards. A lot of progress this country has made in regards toward less censorship and more focus on personal responsibility has just been pissed on and washed away.

What a shame.

Amazing... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8614002)

One Nigger shows a tit on T.V. and the country starts to shred the 1st Amendment. Good think Global Peace, Cancer, and AIDS are all taken care off so we have time to focus on stuff like this.

OMFG (-1, Troll)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614003)

OMFG WTF is this...

yeah I didnt RTFA

ROFL

Slippery Slope... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8614004)

Yup, next time I bet the FCC will rule that "I disagree with the President of the United States" to be profane and illegal.

Our forefathers would disapprove (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614005)

As so many of our forefathers said, the meaning of the first amendment is that people can and should say things that can make all our blood BOIL, and there's jack shit anyone should be able to do about it. I can turn on National Geographic and see 90 black women's breasts. Who cares? Furthermore, the FCC loves to damage the 5th amendment by not offering due process to anyone on what exactly "indecent" is. I think this is completely horrible, and I will summarily vote for everyone ELSE than the people that are currently in office to send a message that says, FUCK censorship. This is America, not the old, dictator-run Iraq.

Channel 4 advertisement (1, Informative)

anandpur (303114) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614006)

Everyone should watch this latest Channel 4 advertisement [channel4.com]

Britney (2, Insightful)

DRUNK_BEAR (645868) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614009)

Does that mean that they will censor out Britney's "I'm a virgin"?? If so, I have nothing against it. (Plus the fact that swearing doesn't really reflect intelligence to me... Bash me out, but I find it teenagish...)

It's not the first time Bono has done this... (1)

Ricdude (4163) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614013)

He was accepting an award at the Grammy's years ago, and said, "We'll keep doing our part to f*ck up the mainstream..."

He came out later, to speak on Frank Sinatra's induction into the Hall of Fame, and kept looking off-stage like, "I won't say anything like that again... really!"

Then Joan Rivers gets a boatload of press when she shatters an age old industry taboo and utters, "g*dd*mn". on an awards show. What, Bono isn't worth the extra press?

Chumps.

The FCC Must Be Abolished (4, Insightful)

ellem (147712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614016)

The FCC is a failed entity. They had one simple task -- keep broadcasters from "stealing" or "leaking" onto bandwidths that they were not assigned to use. They failed so miserably new technologies were invented to do their job. They were about to go away when Nixon gave them the power of the Seven Dirty Words.

Where does the money from fines go?

Who needs them to regulate anything?

I have 2-13 piped into my house through cable and or satellite therefore I pay for those stations, how dare they regulate what I pay for!

The FCC must be abolished.

Obsenity - the moving target (2, Insightful)

stecoop (759508) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614019)

While watching TV it is really funny when a rowdy audience is near a commentator at a football game and you hear the F bomb in the background. Who would they go after then? Odds are the FCC would go after the broadcast station but shouldn't the person that produced the obscenity be brought to justice? In the case of Bono, the FCC will probably go after him since he is a big enough target but not as big as the broadcasting company.

It seems the rules should be applied universally.

Fucking Nanny State (1)

myownkidney (761203) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614022)

At my office, they have some automatic censor, that blocks sites containing certain words. So I can't do any net research on the following topics:

  1. Anal Probes [mithuro.com]
  2. Breast Cancer
  3. Sex Education
  4. Gay Parade
  5. Oral Hygene

So I had to get my dose of profanity from the TV. And soon that will be gone to. Reminds me of the Southpark episode, where they say "shit" on television.

If government can block profanity, what will they block next? Are they going to censor all instances where lords name is used in vain?

Jesus man! What's wrong with a little profanity, as long as it is not gratuitous?And fucking and shitting aren't unnatural things you know? A lot of people in the world do it.

Fucking. Not Effing. (5, Insightful)

Speare (84249) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614027)

For example, during last year's Golden Globe Awards U2's Bono said 'This is really, really f-ing [sic] brilliant.'

Who needs the FCC when people decide that words like 'fucking' needs to be self-censored? If you're going to fucking quote someone, fuck, man, QUOTE THEM. You're caving in against your own fucking thesis.

It's a fucking failure (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614031)

In a world where free speech is a right and supposedly the most protected freedom, this thouroghly dissapoints me.

South Park's Night of "1000 shits" is a good example. You giggle ath the first 20 shits, but byt the time they are into the 100s, you are completely disintrested. People would forget if it wasn't for the counter. If it wasn't so taboo, it'd loose focus and purpose. Its not like ears are staying virgin untl 13,no, the kid will hear Cunt, shit, fuck and like like by the time they are 5, and learn what they are by 8.

Simularly, shock jocks operate over the same concept. Open it up and the shock goes away. They always have to top themselves to get raitings, but you can only go so far in reality.

While I don't want my 5 year old saying the "fucking cunt is a bitch", I also think that if everyone allowed it, it would either go unnoticed or he'd not bother to use that language and would have to articulate his feelings in a more artistic way. Shock is easy and cheap. Art and structure are hard. Lets get the shock out of the way and get to the good stuff.

South Park Ref. (1)

wickedj (652189) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614033)

Does this mean we can't say <whisper>Barbara Streisand</whisper> on tv anymore?

Let me just say this... (1, Funny)

soccerisgod (585710) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614049)

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAH

Seriously. We here in Europe can't for the love of god understand what's up with this..first a giant fuss about that ugly nipple and now this. It's just pathetic!

Thanks Tom Lehrer (1)

eltoyoboyo (750015) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614056)


Who needs a hobby like tennis or philately?
I've got a hobby: rereading Lady Chatterley.
But now they're trying to take it all
away from us unless
We take a stand, and hand in hand
we fight for freedom of the press.
In other words,

Smut! (I love it)
Ah, the adventures of a slut.
Oh, I'm a market they can't glut,
I don't know what
Compares with smut.

In case the article gets regulated (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8614059)

The FCC (Fucking Communication Commission) has been regulating 'in-fucking-decent' speech on the fucking airwaves for quite some fucking time, but have been getting a lot more shit recently. For example, during last year's Golden Shit Awards U2's Bono said 'This is really, really fucking brilliant.' Last October the FCC fucking ruled that was ok shit. Yesterday, under political pressure, the FCC overfucked that decision. However, for the first time, the FCC also ruled that the f-word is not only 'in-fucking-decent' but also 'profane.' According to this new decision by the FCC, any speech that is offensive, whether or not it has anything to do with sex or shit, is 'seriously fucking profane.' This is a fucking major step forward (backward?) for FCC censors. Holy shit. My analysis is here.

Profane? (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614061)

WTF has religion got to do with it?

This could actually be good... (2, Interesting)

fluxrad (125130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8614077)

Hear me out on this. If the FCC starts to go too far over the line, then sooner or later a censorship/profanity case is going to end up in the courts. I have no doubt that a court would easily rule that Bono's freedom of speech trumps Aunt Fannie's right not to hear the word "fuck." Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward.

If life breaks some eggs, make lemonade...

er..wait.
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