The Right To Swear On TV Is Heading To Court
In 1964, the Federal Communications Commission created the “Indecency Rule”. That was defined as “I know it when I see it”. Back in 1964, it was pretty easy to spot. Today, not so much.
Regardless if you think it has to do lack of morals or family values (or just teaching our kids the difference between what is acceptable and not) the Supreme Court will be hearing the case what we see and hear in this years session roster.
The items that will be put up for debate: full-frontal female nudity on NYPD Blue, Dennis Franz rear-end on NYPD Blue, Cher’s “f-bomb” on on the Billboard awards in 2002 and Janet Jackson’s exposure on the Super Bowl. Some may be clear, but the courts may not see it that way.
Here is something else to keep in mind with this case, right now there is a clear difference between what ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS are allowed to show and say and what Comedy Central, FX, USA and TBS can say and show. The reason right now is that the latter 4 are on cable only and the previous 4 are over the air. Right now the FCC doesn’t regulate cable and internet, just over the air.
This case could do one of two things, regulate cable and internet with the some rules to protect kids from “filth” or it will allow for new rules to allow for “spicier” material on broadcast TV and radio.
Keep in mind, this is being heard by the Supreme Court which interprets the Constitution, as it applies in this case, to the First Amendment: The Right to Free Speech and Religion.
This could get interesting.