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After Court Decision, TV Content
Will Become More Extreme
By Christopher Gildemeister
In the wake of the
2nd Circuit Court’s ruling preventing the Federal Communications
Commission from enforcing laws against indecency on the publicly-owned broadcast
airwaves, several expert media-watchers have stated that viewers can expect
programming to become even more gratuitously explicit.
According to an
The Hollywood Reporter, broadcast TV is “about
to get even racier.” In
it Andrew Schwartzman, head of the Media Access Project – an organization of
lawyers that argued in the court case on behalf of entertainment industry
writers and producers – admits that "There's no question that this decision is
going to mean more [sexual content on broadcast television]…They're already much
more aggressive about trying to get stuff in. They're always saying: 'Look what
cable does!’" And Brad Adgate, head of the advertising agency Horizon Media,
says that TV will continually become more explicit "until they hit a place
where they can't go any further."
anything can be learned from examining current television, it is that when it
comes to disgusting and offensive content, there is NO place where TV “can’t go
Opposition to the court’s misguided ruling was swift, and came from a variety of
quarters. Most notably, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps – a steadfast friend of
families on the Commission –
stated publicly that the FCC should
appeal the case, and demanded that the Commission act to “clarify and
strengthen” its authority, “to ensure that American parents can protect their
children from the indecent and violent images that bombard us more and more each
Religious Broadcasters also asked the FCC to appeal, stating that the court’s
ruling “created an indecency loophole through which you can drive a truck." And
an op-ed by the
Christian Science Monitor stated
that they “recognize the real-world evidence of the harm done to vulnerable
children by media creators who constantly push the boundaries of social
2nd Circuit Court demonstrated that their concern for the “rights” of
the entertainment industry are more important than those of millions of children
and families. The court apparently forgot that the broadcast airwaves are owned
by the American people, and apparently believes that a tiny clique of
millionaire network executives and elitist TV writers ought to have absolute
power to determine what is shown on the publicly-owned airwaves, not the
But then, the
judges’ biases were evident in their ruling. The court proclaimed that “sex
and the magnetic power of sexual attraction are surely among the most
predominant themes in the study of humanity,” which reflect “the most important
and universal themes in art and science.” Even if one grants that is
true, it hardly follows that every family in America should be forced to have
depictions of sex, toilet humor and profanity crammed down their throats in
their own living rooms.
It also seems more
than a little ridiculous to hear supposedly learned judges comparing the crass
sex jokes and toilet humor of shows like American Dad and Two and a
Half Men with “the study of humanity.” Here are just a few examples of the
kind of content the court says reflects “important and universal themes in art
STEWIE: “Dogs sometimes eat feces. It's not a judgment, it's just a fact. So
what I would need you to do is eat what's in my diaper, lick the diaper clean,
possibly lick my fanny, and then put the diaper back on me. Probably lick my
fanny. Yeah, you should start wrapping your brain around that too.”
Brian eats the excrement out of Stewie's soiled diaper. Stewie vomits in the
STEWIE: “Got some dessert for you.”
BRIAN: “You gotta be kidding me.”
STEWIE: “C'mon, it's throw-up. You like throw-up.”
BRIAN: “I do. I do like throw-up.”
Brian eats the vomit.
STEWIE: “You'll have to clean my ass.”
BRIAN: “Oh God, Stewie. There's got to be a line.”
Stewie bends over. Off-camera, Brian licks his rear clean.
ROGER: “You're gonna have to do the horse
chores...You have to brush the horse's coat and mane, water and feed it, then
give it a full release. You know, give it a happy photo finish. Take the glue
out of the factory. Spank his front butt. Grant him a bone loan!”
Later, Stan strokes the horse’s side.
STAN: “Here we go. Just do me a favor and let me
know when you're about to...you know.”
Stan bends down beneath the horse. The horse’s eyes go
wide with surprise and pleasure. Stan is shown with fluid spraying in his face,
implying that the horse has ejaculated on Stan. The camera pulls back to reveal
that Stan is washing himself off with a hose. (American Dad,
January 3, 2010)
STAN: "20 bucks and I'll make you see heaven."
FRAN: "Stan, what the hell are you doing?"
ROGER: "Isn't it obvious? Guy can't handle his crack."
STAN: "10 bucks. 10 bucks and I'll let you slap me with it."
(American Dad, January 31, 2010)
fortunate to have judges in Manhattan determining that every home should be made
to witness content like this – all in the name of “art,” “science,” and “the
study of humanity,” of course.
Manhattan-based court did not act alone in coming to their decision. They were
encouraged by Hollywood itself.
entertainment industry lobbying groups also asserted that the FCC’s prohibition
against sexual and excretory language and imagery “chills speech.” Jonathan
Rintels, director of Center for Creative Voices in Media (an organization which
promotes the political interests of Hollywood’s so-called “creative” elite)
claims that decency laws banning open depictions of sex and excrement “chills”
production of “the very kinds of
television programs that parents want their children to watch - high-quality
documentaries, histories and dramas.”
This is no
different than the court’s pompous references to “art” when discussing fart
jokes on Family Guy. As such programming shows, claims to “chilled
speech” are ludicrous. Every week, literally dozens if not hundreds of instances
of blatant sexual language, sexual imagery, and toilet humor are shown on
entertainment industry’s claims of “chilled speech” are a genuine delusion on
the part of clueless, narcissistic Hollywood insiders, or merely a cynical lie
meant to exploit Americans’ love of freedom, what is not debatable is the
effect. Such statements go beyond being ludicrous into being insulting.
Hollywood-backed lobbying groups may disingenuously cite documentaries and
dramas, but in fact the entertainment industry merely wants the “right” to
further pollute American homes with as much disgusting toilet humor, filthy
language, and perverted sexual content as they can…and they want the power do to
so at any time, in any amount, without any limit, no matter how many children
may be in the audience.
According to the
entertainment industry elite, average Americans should have no power to
determine what is shown on their own airwaves: they are to take what the
“enlightened” and “sophisticated” types in Hollywood give them, and like it.
This column was compiled from reports by the Parents
Television Council’s Analysis staff.