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OK... two lesbians walk into a sperm bank...
OK... two lesbians walk into a sperm bank...
How utterly, unfathomably stupid do you have to be to create a set of rules that otherwise intelligent people can't understand?
Retarded stupid. Alabama stupid. Federal government stupid.
Television networks are terrified lately to do anything that a single uptight Texan could find objectionable as the FCC has been handing out record fines for obscenity.
The latest casualty is The Bedford Diaries, which is to premiere Wednesday on the WB. It's a drama set around a college human sexuality class from Barry Levinson - that other thoughtful producer/director/writer from Baltimore... the straight one.
He's allowing the network itself to cut two scenes from the pilot, not because the FCC has threatened the show or network, but because they can't figure out if the FCC will object to it and fine them.
The objectionable scenes? Two girls kissing and a girl opening her jeans.
After the FCC's record fines last month, the network asked for additional cuts. But, erring on the side of caution, the producers refused to make further edits because they were "out of the bounds of logic we could understand," Levinson said.
Barry Levinson can't understand FCC rules. Ever see Diner? Barry Levinson is kinda smart.
"You can't even argue it," he said. "In its context, the show doesn't advocate any behavior. In fact, in many ways it talks about the responsibility of the individual. But the FCC doesn't look at anything in context. So, therefore, they're upset that two girls kissed, period."
He goes on, "We're living in absurdist times, that's all you can really say. You can't even give this real credibility."
He's absolutely right; the FCC is living in a world where everything is literal and context means nothing. And Seth McFarlane has figured this out as well. One of the most obscene moments in broadcast television history occurred last night, but it flew completely under the FCC's RADAR.
It was during a new episode of Family Guy. While Peter was donating sperm, or rather, semen, two lesbians, Butch & Butchier walked into the sperm bank and asked for, "A vile of sperm, and an applicator that looks like Jodie Foster's knuckles."
A couple girls macking on each other? Obscene. Fist-fucking? OK.
This is what happens when you mix dangerously stupid and unimaginative appointees with a capriciously enforced and Byzantine code.
3/27/2006 11:55 am
What really bothers me is that, while this bullshit sort of 50s retro censorship is going on, fake annotated unreal bodies (male and female) are being drilled into our psyche with a wink, wink of total acceptance. But don't get me started.|
And post more often, dammit.
Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]
3/27/2006 5:05 pm
lol...I have alwyas found that playing stupid is the best offense. Blame it on by practice with passive aggression from my old job. |
"But they didn't say I couldn't do it"
3/28/2006 8:26 am
i want to be a censorship censor |
3/28/2006 4:05 pm
The reason the Jodie Foster comment got past the censors is, no one got the joke! |
The current administration really is trying to throw us back into the 1950s. It sucks. We all made fun of the Moral Majority in the 80s and thought they would never have any sort of influence. How little we knew.
BTW, what the hell is up with your new profile pic? Have you turned into a football fan or something?
3/29/2006 10:02 am
Just a little update. The religious whackos at the American Family Association are going after Fox for what they broadcast on Sunday... NOT "Family Guy", but would you believe, NASCAR?|
Here's the form letter from their site:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St, S.W.
Complaints and Political Programming Branch
Enforcement Division, Mass Media Bureau
Washington, DC 20554
This is a formal COMPLAINT of indecency on broadcast television. My complaint concerns the PROGRAM ON:
NETWORK: Fox and Affiliate Stations
STATION CALL LETTERS:
PROGRAM TITLE: NASCAR's "Food City 500" which was broadcast on:
BROADCAST DATE: March 26, 2006
BROADCAST TIME: 2:00PM Eastern/Pacific, 1:00PM Central/Mountain
Documentation of the material on which my COMPLAINT is based is provided below. Video tapes of "NASCAR Food City 500" are available from the American Family Association.
COMPLAINANT believes that the scenes cited from "NASCAR Food City 500" content are fully representative of the show's overall tone and quality.
COMPLAINANT also believes that such material is:
(a.) Clearly offensive according to the standards of my community; and
(b.) Especially offensive because it was broadcast at an hour when millions of children were watching.
For the reasons above stated, COMPLAINANT urges the FCC to exercise its responsibility to enforce the existing law against indecency on broadcast TV between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. (Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1464) by levying severe sanctions against the broadcasters of this program.
On March 26, 2006, Fox broadcast "NASCAR Food City 500"
At approximately 4:30PM Central/Mountain, 5:30PM Eastern, Fox broadcast a radio transmission between race car driver Martin Truex, Jr. and crew chief Kevin Manion following a crash of Truex's car. As Truex begin preparations to exit his damaged car, crew chief Manion spoke to Truex over the team's radio, which Fox network stations broadcast live. Below is a transcript of the transmission:
MANION: "We're gonna get it fixed. You better listen to me. You better listen right now. Allright? You were the nicest guy out there today, you were. I commend you for that. (unintelligible) spun you out earlier. Allright? Listen here now. We're gonna fix the thing. Same thing happened at the spring race last year. (unintelligible) won the championship. Don't ever give up on this team. I ain't gonna give up on you. We missed the set-up today. It was a piece of shit. Do not give up. Now look what you done. Now we're gonna finish even worse."
FOX ANNOUNCER: "Alright, we apologize for the language on the part of Martin Truex's crew chief, but the frustration is evident this late in the race when things happen."
COMPLAINANT RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS THAT THE FCC ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THIS COMPLAINT, AND THAT THE FCC KEEP ME INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS AND RESULTS OF YOUR INVESTIGATION INTO THIS MATTER.
That's right! They were supposed to know the rednecks in the pit would utter the word shit. How dare they broadcast such profanity! Looks like NASCAR is going to get a seven second delay too.