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posted Friday, June 22, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 25
Seven words you can now say on TV
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Seven words you can now say on TV

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

George Carlin famously said there are seven words you can't say on TV: 'Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, and Tits.'

Well, now you can. Sort of.

In a unanimous (8-0) ruling announced June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court said the FCC may not enforce its current policies against 'fleeting' expletives and nudity on TV shows.

The decision in FCC v. Fox Television Stations did not address whether there is a First Amendment free-speech right to use expletives on TV, but the court did establish enforceable guidelines that the FCC must follow when monitoring on-air content.

'The commission failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent,' Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.

The ruling upheld a federal appeals court decision last year striking down the FCC's indecency policies on the grounds that they are vague and inconsistently applied. The Supreme Court said that the FCC may revise its polices to address these defects.

'This opinion leaves the commission free to modify its current policy, in light of its determination of the public interest and applicable legal requirements,' Kennedy wrote.

'And it leaves the courts free to review the current policy or any modified policy in light of its content and application.'

Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not participate in the decision, since she had heard the case once before, when serving on a federal appeals court in New York.

The case, which involves ABC, NBC, and CBS as well as Fox, came to the high court through an appeal by the Justice Department on behalf of the FCC, asking for a reversal of the lower court ruling.

The department reportedly provided the justices with a DVD of a 2003 episode of the now-canceled NYPD Blue on ABC, in which a naked woman was briefly shown. The content of that program was considered central to the legal dispute.

The FCC began applying a zero-tolerance policy toward what it deemed 'indecent' content about eight years ago.

The policy became known as the Golden Globes Rule, for Bono's famous 2003 live acceptance speech on ABC, in which he uttered the phrase 'fucking brilliant.'

The FCC also specifically cited celebrities Cher and Nicole Richie for potty-mouth language in the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards, which aired live on Fox.

In an apparently scripted moment, Richie said, 'Have you ever tried to get cow shit out of a Prada purse? It's not so fucking simple.'

A separate appeal involving singer Janet Jackson's 2004 alleged 'wardrobe malfunction' during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show is still pending with the high court, but the justices are now considered likely to send the case back to the lower court, in light of the June 21 ruling.

The FCC said it could now clear its backlog of cases that had been held up pending the Supreme Court's decision.

'As a matter of good governance, it is now time for the FCC to get back to work so that we can process the backlog of pending indecency complaints - which currently stands at just under 1.5 million involving about 9,700 TV broadcasts,' said Commissioner Robert McDowell.

'Some of these complaints date back to 2003. We owe it to the American public and the broadcast licensees involved to carry out our statutory duties with all deliberate speed.'

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