America seems not to have had the same epiphany. Until now.
The FCC are seeking comments on whether to relax such rules. Partly because of a changing society, partly because of the bureaucracy of having millions of complaints to work though. Partly because of the actions of One Million Moms.
We now seek comment on whether the full Commission should make changes to its current broadcast indecency policies or maintain them as they are.
For example, should the Commission treat isolated expletives in a manner consistent with our decision in Pacifica Foundation, Inc., Memorandum Opinion and Order, 2 FCC Rcd 2698, 2699 (1987) (“If a complaint focuses solely on the use of expletives, we believe that . . . deliberate and repetitive use in a patently offensive manner is a requisite to a finding of indecency.”)?
Should the Commission instead maintain the approach to isolated expletives set forth in its decision in Complaints Against Various Broadcast Licensees Regarding Their Airing of the “Golden Globe Awards” Program, Memorandum Opinion and Order, 19 FCC Rcd 4975 (2004)?
As another example, should the Commission treat isolated (non-sexual) nudity the same as or differently than isolated expletives? Commenters are invited to address these issues as well as any other aspect of the Commission’s substantive indecency policies.
The Moms are naturally outraged at this. And are asking people to contact the FCC, giving suggested wording. And showing you how.
1. Go to http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=&filedFrom=X.
2. Enter the code “13-86” in the “Proceeding Number” box and fill out the few remaining required fields.
3. Enter your comment in the text box provided and click “Continue.”
4. From there, review your comment and click “Confirm.”
But you may not share the view of One Million Moms. And you may have some suggested wording of your own.
In the UK, The Wire went out on the BBC – which is network TV, you know. Maybe one day you could get the same on NBC?
As the Moms say:
Specifically, if enacted, the new FCC policy would allow network television and local radio stations to air the f-word, the s-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening.
Indeed, why have all that on the television when they can get it at home?