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Old 01-14-2004, 07:17 AM   #1
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FCC Seeks to Limit F-Word on U.S. Airwaves

By Jeremy Pelofsky

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell has proposed barring the F-word from most radio and broadcast television, regardless of the context, sources close to the issue said on Tuesday.

The proposal would overturn an October FCC staff decision that ruled the word was not indecent when U2 rocker Bono used it while accepting an award during the 2003 live broadcast of the "Golden Globe Awards" on the NBC television network.

To succeed, Powell will have to garner at least two other votes for the proposal and the four other FCC commissioners are now considering the issue, the sources said.

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said in a statement he could not comment on specifics "but I've been pushing for strong action against indecency since I got here."

[That's because you want to cover up the fact that you are useless otherwise.]

"I'll know this commission is serious when it starts assessing meaningful fines and having truly filthy broadcasts lead to license revocation hearings," he said.

The October decision sparked outrage among some advocacy groups who complained that millions of children were watching the broadcast. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing on the broadcast indecency for next week.

Federal law bars the airing of obscene speech and limits the time for broadcasting indecent material that contains sexual or excretory references in a patently offensive manner.

The agency defines as indecent speech that depicts or describes sexual organs or activities, and a broadcast must be "patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium."

The FCC staff had determined that Bono used as an adjective or expletive to emphasize an exclamation and while it may have been crude and offensive, it "did not describe sexual or excretory organs or activities."

It was unclear whether the stations that aired the awards show would be fined, though one source said a majority of commissioners might want to penalize the broadcasters.


A spokeswoman for NBC, which is owned by General Electric Co. , said the network had no immediate comment.

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Silly me. Using the word "fuck" on television, albeit on a live television broadcast, is far more damaging to Christian fundamentalists...err...."children" than too many ads or media ownership consolidation, the latter of which the FCC has taken a very repugnant stance on.

It's no wonder that all the good shows on TV these days are on premium cable (HBO, Showtime, etc.), because they don't have to deal with ads or content regulation fitting for a Puritan alternate universe. All the creativity in television has been killed, and I blame it on the fucking FCC.

Fuck...fuck....fuck....

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Old 01-14-2004, 09:34 AM   #2
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i dont know if we can blame it all on the regulator.
certainly most of it though.
and not just content regulations. they have performed pretty poorly in many respects.
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I agree--fuck the FCC!! What with all the crud going on in the world they think one word is a threat?? That notion should have gone to the grave with Queen Victoria.
Idiots.
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Agreed.

It's just a word. It only offends people if they let it offend them.

And what in the world do people think remote controls were invented for?

Sorry, but out of all the things in this world that could offend me, the "f" word is far from being one of them.

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It's just a word. It only offends people if they let it offend them.
Would you apply this standard to the "N" word?




I am surprised and disappointed by Powell's request. There are more pressing issues for the FCC to address than Bono's quote.
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I am surprised and disappointed by Powell's request. There are more pressing issues for the FCC to address than Bono's quote.
I'm not surprised and continually disappointed.

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Would you apply this standard to the "N" word?
Yet that word's allowed by the FCC.
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Yet that word's allowed by the FCC.
Is it? I didn't know that.

And nbcrusader, yeah, I actually would. First off, wherever that word's used, the context it's used it should be looked at. Second, while I certainly do understand the negative connotations surrounding it, and while I personally do not feel comfortable using the word...well...expressing yourself through words should never be illegal in this country, no matter how harsh those words may be (besides, the only way anyone can confront hatred and words associated with such hatred is head on, we can't sweep them under the rug and act like they don't exist-by letting people say those words, those who use them with hatred show their true idiocy, and hopefully that will make people realize how stupid people who talk like that sound, and they will refuse to associate themselves with such stupidity as a result).

. That's just how I personally feel.

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I used to DJ for a college radio station and here's the list of words we weren't allowed to say on air. Now I know some have changed, you used to not be able to say g#ddamn but it seems many seem to be getting away with this these days.

You can't say:

-Shit, but you can say turd or any other slang

-Piss, yet any other word for urinating is fine. Oh and you can say it if your British and you're talking about being drunk.

-Fuck

-Cocksucker or Cock, unless you're referring to a rooster

-Cunt

-Motherfucker

-Tits, yet any other slang for breasts is fine

Now you can say dick if you are reffering to a person being a dick, but if you're referring to male anatomy then you'll get bleeped. Same with pussy.

These are the rules I remember. It's been a couple of years so some may have changed.
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when I was studying radio at university about 4 years ago, we were taught that there is only 1 word that is actually banned on UK radio - Cunt. Other swear words are not banned but are not generally used because people would complain. If the use of the word is deemed offensive then they can have the complaint upheld by the broadcast complaints commision, so there can be repurcussions. But it's only cunt that you're actually not allowed to say.

bit of a wierd set up if you ask me. I mean, the other words might as well be banned if you can get in trouble for saying them anyway.....??

Oh, and here in britain you can say pretty much what you want on telly after the watershed (9pm)

here's a quote from a Guardian article:

"Further verification that fuck is, well, fucked, comes from Andrea Wills, the BBC's chief advisor on editorial policy. "In research, 50% or more people said the words that should never be broadcast are cunt, motherfucker, nigger, Paki and spastic. Young women also don't like whore, slag and twat. But fuck wasn't on the list."

"In the current climate, racial language is very, very sensitive and one has to tread carefully," says Prash Naik of Channel 4's legal and compliance department. "But nigger and Paki are not prohibited pre-9pm. If they are used in a social documentary or a socially responsible drama such as Brookside, with an established reputation for tackling difficult subjects, it can then be justified as highlighting the issue of racial discrimination."

Swearing is, it would seem, at a peculiar crossroads. Fuck is thoroughly denatured. Crap, bastard, bugger, sod, shit, bullshit and tosser (although strangely not wanker) are used on daytime television and radio. Religious expletives, such as damn, hell and blimey, once as powerful as fuck, are not even thought of as vaguely impolite. But Ayto is confident that we will survive the suburbanisation of fuck. "I don't think there's any danger of running out of swear words. We will make them up or regard different things as being more shocking and offensive. There will always be a need to strike a blow at convention by using disapproved words."

There will always be divisions, however, over what is disapproved. As one middle-class west London mother said when I mentioned researching this article: "I'd rather my children said fuck than toilet."
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I can't believe they're thinking about changing their original comment on Bono! They're making way too big a deal out of this.
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On one hand they're making too big a deal out of this. On the other, they are not. I hate how celebrities are protected in our society. Front and center, I like Bono and I feel for him.
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On the other, they are not. I hate how celebrities are protected in our society. Front and center, I like Bono and I feel for him.
What does this have to do with protecting celebrities. This has to do with the FCC's inconsistincies. This isn't hurting Bono, he won't be fined(they fine the networks), he's not going to lose fans over this and if he does I'm sure he's not losing sleep over "fans" like that. If anything this keeps his name in print during a time when he's not doing much publicly. It's a word, nothing more, nothing less. Words only become more than a word when they're grouped with other words.
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