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Fucking A!

June 5th, 2007

As you may have surmised by now, I like the word “fuck.” It rolls off the tongue nicely. It’s versatile. It’s so overused that it’s all but lost its original meaning and serves as a handy intensifier. I’ve eloquently argued against those who would strike it from our national vocabulary.

Yesterday, a major blow was struck against the government appointed nannies who want to see all of television limited only to what can be appreciated by the youngest and most sensitive of viewers. The Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals smacked down the FCC’s indecency rulings over “fleeting expletives” used during the Billboard Music Awards 2002 and 2003 broadcasts. Jeff Jarvis does a better job dissecting it than I could. It’s only the first step in returning some semblance of sanity to the regulation of over-the-air free speech, but at least it is a first step.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin released a statement in which he opined:

If we can’t restrict the use of the words “fuck” and “shit” during prime time, Hollywood will be able to say anything they want, whenever they want.

That’s true. It’ll be almost like they’re protected by some sort of bill.

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