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Court overturns FCC rule on prime time language

A New York appeals court has determined that F-bombs and other words of that type can be dropped while your kids are watching tv.  If you try to keep tabs on what programs your children watch, or have certain channels blocked through your cable box, you might as well add ‘live tv’ to the list.  While networks are required to censor any taped or filmed material, no one is any longer responsible for what goes out over the airwaves, if it’s live, and that includes whoever chooses to use the questionable language.

The essence of the ruling, if you try to place any logic on it, is that people don’t always say what they mean to say.  Sometimes certain words just slip into a sentence.  So if F-bombs are dropped in what the judge described as a ‘fleeting’ manner, just act like it never even happened.

The sticking point here, is not the definition of obscenity, but rather the definition of ‘fleeting’.  If one says “F___ you” real quick, does that make it ‘fleeting’?  If one says “Fffff_____ yyoouuu” real slow, then not so ‘fleeting?  Maybe the deciding factor should be the correct usage of the word instead.

For instance, on a 2003 award show, Cher had this to say –
“I’ve also had critics for the last 40 years saying that I was on my way out every year. Right. So f__k ‘em. I still have a job and they don’t.”

Here, the F-bomb was properly used, if she was proposing to have sex with any that had criticised her over a given time period.

On the other hand, Nicole Ritchie, on the same show, uttered this about the title of her series The Simple Life –
“Why do they even call it ‘The Simple Life?’ Have you ever tried to get cow s__t out of a Prada purse? It’s not so f__king simple.”

This, as anyone can see, is only partially proper.  The S-word would be ok, because it is possible to somehow get cow dung in your purse [not easy, but possible], but it would have absolutely nothing to do with sex.  If it does, we don’t want to know about it, so using the F-bomb here would be incorrect.

News Source: PC World

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