Holy !$#@$?!, it looks like TV stations and networks are going to have to start paying up if more salty-tongued celebrities accidentally drop f-bombs in prime time. Today, the Supreme Court (barely) ruled in favor of the FCC in its quest to clean up the airwaves before 10 p.m. The much-anticipated ruling — which also paves the way for more deliberation on the issue in the lower courts — stems from a battle between the FCC and the Fox TV Stations over the use of “fleeting expletives” during live awards show telecasts in 2002 and 2003 (hi, Cher, embedded below, and Nicole Richie!).
Purging the scripted shows of sailor talk is one thing (and even in that instance, personally, I’m fine with the occasional “bulls—” showing up in a gritty cop show), but I think the FCC should back off if a gob-smacked celebrity lets a naughty word slip when he’s, say, accepting his first-ever Golden Globe. Sadly, moments like that don’t really happen anymore; thanks to Janet Jackson, live telecasts on the Big Four are on a multi-second delay, so any slip of the tongue will be bleeped before the faint of heart can lodge his complaint to Brent freakin’ Bozell. I mourn the loss of those moments; they were spontaneous and fun and absolutely harmless. Unfortunately, the High Court did its best yesterday to make sure those moments will be few and far between.
What do you think? Do you think the justices f—ed up on this one? Are your sensibilities offended when someone like McLovin accidentally drops the f-bomb on Jimmy Kimmel Live?