Following the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl victory last night, Joe Flacco did something that was almost interesting. Flacco was shown celebrating and was clearly heard saying, “fucking awesome,” on national television. Since the incident occurred on CBS – the former home of Janet Jackson’s nipple – the Parents Television Council is super pissed and they want the FCC to fine CBS. From TV by the Numbers:
“Despite empty assurance after empty assurance from the broadcast networks that they would never air indecent material, especially during the Super Bowl, it has happened again,” said PTC president Tim Winter.
“No one should be surprised that a jubilant quarterback might use profane language while celebrating a career-defining win, but that is precisely the reason why CBS should have taken precautions. Joe Flacco’s use of the f-word, while understandable, does not absolve CBS of its legal obligation to prevent profane language from being broadcast – especially during something as uniquely pervasive as the Super Bowl. The instance was aired live across the country, and before the FCC’s designated ‘Safe Harbor’ time everywhere but along the East Coast.
“Now nine years after the infamous Janet Jackson incident, the broadcast networks continue to have ‘malfunctions’ during the most-watched television event of the year, and enough is enough. After more than four years of inaction on broadcast decency enforcement, the FCC must step up to its legal obligation to enforce the law, or families will continue to be blindsided,” concluded Winter.
Won’t someone please think of the children!?
What a load of bullshit. If “no one should be surprised” and Flacco saying fuck is “understandable,” then what is the big effing deal? It’s a swear word. These blowhards need to go away.