Posted by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant @ 18:14
Well, thanks to another roving band of black-robed, tyrannical jackals, CBS got away with showing us Janet Jackson’s tit.
A federal appeals court on Monday threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson’s breast-baring “wardrobe malfunction.”
The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” in issuing the fine for the fleeting image of nudity.
Yeah, just like Justin Timberjerk “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” in doing his part to try and “bring sexy back”?
The 90 million people watching the Super Bowl, many of them children, heard Justin Timberlake sing, “Gonna have you naked by the end of this song,” as he reached for Jackson’s bustier.
The court found that the FCC deviated from its nearly 30-year practice of fining indecent broadcast programming only when it was so “pervasive as to amount to ‘shock treatment’ for the audience.”
I dunno about you, but I’d think showing 90 million people, a damned good portion of which were kids, for Cthulu’s sake, was sufficiently “pervasive” as to comprise “shock value”. I don’t see any deviation from the FCC’s practice there.
Then again, I’ve never sat in a star chamber like these three fuckwits have, so my brain hasn’t ever had that glorious opportunity to rot.
In a statement Monday, CBS said it hoped the decision “will lead the FCC to return to the policy of restrained indecency enforcement it followed for decades.”
“This is an important win for the entire broadcasting industry because it recognizes that there are rare instances, particularly during live programming, when it may not be possible to block unfortunate fleeting material, despite best efforts,” the network said.
Oh, hell, See-BS, why don’t we just turn every broadcast network into the Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler channels, eh? Maybe we can have a channel for stoners & faggots too, huh?
MERLIN: We already have Bravo and MTV.
LSIK&T: Oh. Yeah, we do, don’t we?
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