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I Am Fucking Thrilled

July 16th, 2010

This past Tuesday, the U.S. Second Circuit Court gave me a huge early-birthday present. They struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s onerous indecency regulation for being “unconstitutionally vague.”

I’ve posted about this issue a number of times, and you may safely assume that I’m in absolute agreement with the judges when they said, “We query how fleeting expletives could be more essential to the ‘realism’ of a fictional movie than to the ‘realism’ of interviews with real people about real-life events.”

The headline of a follow-up article by the Hollywood Reporter suggests that TV is about to get a lot racier, but I doubt it. For one, as the article points out, the court’s decision will likely be appealed (for the second time) to the Supreme Court. And even though the high court previously declined to rule on the 1st Amendment implications of indecency regulation, there’s no guarantee that they’ll leave it be a second time. The pack of jackals currently in charge of that body have been giving “activist judges” a bad name.

Furthermore, networks are already beholden to advertisers and (to a lesser extent) audiences. Entertainment executives (and local affiliates) really don’t want to cheese off too many people. And most sponsors don’t want to be associated with “softcore” material. You aren’t going to be seeing bare boobies weeknights at 8:00 pm, or even 10:00 pm.

But hopefully we can all fucking grow up a little, and realize that it’s not the end of the world if someone (say, a public television programmer) allows the occasional “naughty” word onto the air.

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