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Sunday, August 08, 2004

FCC Gives Thumbs Up To "F**K"

Al Westcott - Ojai, California

On the Golden Globe Awards program on January 19, 2003, performer Bono uttered the phrase "this is really, really, fucking brilliant," and "this is fucking great."

A complaint was subsequently filed with the Federal Communications Commission that the broadcasting of those words violated federal indecency and obscenity laws.


"To be obscene, material must meet a three-prong test:

(1) the average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;

(2) the material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and

(3) the material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

Applying that test, we find that the material broadcast during the Golden Globe Awards program was not obscene.

The use of specific words, including expletives or other Four letter words does not render material obscene."

"Moreover, the complained-of material does not depict or describe sexual conduct and thus does not meet the obscenity standard under Miller v. California.

Because the broadcast does not meet the obscenity standard under Miller, we deny the complaints alleging that the broadcast was obscene. "

So, Mr. and Mrs. America, thanks to the Federal Communications Commission, you can say "fuck" on the radiio and television as long as it is not used as a verb.

Now, as strange and completely stupid as that may be, that's not the best one.

A few years ago, there was a FCC Commissioner named Harold Furchtgott-Roth (his name is hyphenated because he took his wife's name when they got married) and Commissioner Furchgott-Roth - now remember this guy is a FCC Commissioner - admitted that he did not own a television.

Imagine that. A member of the federal regulatory agency responsible for radio and television broadcasts and he does not even own a television.

Now that's really, really, fucking brilliant!

Just fucking great!

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