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Hollywood’s Decency Epidemic

Alas, even as the floodtides of rectitude threaten to give us all a cleansing soak, the Culture War’s most dogged mercenaries grow increasingly desperate to sound notes of alarm. The Parents Television Council is so eager to characterize your flat-screen as the portal to Satan’s eternal multiplex that it actually characterizes the plastic surgeries on the MTV show I Want a New Face as “violent incidents.” It also employs eagle-eyed lip-readers to decipher and categorize the bleeped-out utterances of reality TV contestants. In 180 hours of family-hour programming the group recently assessed, there were 30 bleeped “fuck”s, one bleeped “bitch,” one bleeped “asshole,” and an especially troubling 54 “unknown” bleeps. …
Reason Magazine – Hollywood’s Decency Epidemic

Aren’t these the folks who think it’s ok for big people to hit little people, and that it’s OK to keep information from teenagers that might prevent unwanted pregnancy and undeserved disease, and that…

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FCC and Fox go to Supreme Court

The case, to be argued in the fall, involves a recent Federal Communications Commission policy that holds broadcasters liable for “fleeting expletives” — single instances of certain profanities, uttered usually in live settings. But the justices could also review constitutional issues raised by the commission’s overall indecency regime, which may no longer be tenable in the age of filtering technologies.

“This court can do anything it wants,” said one industry observer. “Maybe (Justice Antonin) Scalia gets out on the libertarian side of his bed that morning and says, ‘Why do we even have an indecency provision?’ “

Then again, the court could reaffirm the provision.

In March 2006, the FCC cited Fox for fleeting expletives that celebs Cher and Nicole Richie let fly during the net’s live broadcast of Billboard Music Awards shows in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

Fox challenged the citations, arguing they signaled an “arbitrary and capricious” change in FCC policy, which for decades had exempted one-time profanities uttered during live broadcasts.

FCC and Fox go to Supreme Court – Entertainment News, Business News, Media – Variety