FCC May Allow Nudity and Cursing on Television
Vulgar profanities and nudity may soon be shown on broadcast TV if a new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) goes through.
The FCC stated in an announcement that they were thinking about making changes to the broadcast indecency policies that would allow “isolated expletives” and “non-s**ual nudity” on broadcast TV, which is not permitted at the moment. Only on cable television is such vulgarity allowed. This has set many parents and family rights groups on fire.
Public opinions about this controversial issue will help them make the final decision, according to the FCC.
The general public is invited to share their views on the FCC’s website: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs//. Just follow the link and click on the “Submit a filing (Express) in the left margin. Then click on the “Proceeding Number 13-86 and follow the simple instructions to leave your comment. Deadline for submission of comments is at the end of April.
If the proposal is passed by the FCC, it would drastically change how we view broadcast TV, according to Director of public policy for the Parents Television Council, Dan Isett.
Isett added that broadcast TV would become more like some of the cable channels such as HBO. This would include an increase in the number of nude scenes and language that may not be suitable for children, he said.
The FCC says that it wants public views and opinions on whether to treat “isolated expletives” as a violation if they are “deliberate” or “repetitive” or should it treat them as a violation if only used once.
When it comes to nudity, the FCC’s position is the same. ”Should the Commission treat isolated (non-sexual) nudity the same as or differently than isolated expletives?” the group asked.
Isett says that the lack of enforcement on broadcast TV standards, under the current administration, is making the FCC think about making changes to its policies. He added that during the Bush administration, there was enforcement, but now there is nothing.
FCC commissioners are appointed by the president and the rules allow only 3 representatives from the same political party. Accordingly, under the administration of President Obama, there are three Democrats and two Republicans.
President Obama now has to nominate an FCC chairman after Julius Genachowski resigned last March. Genachowski, according to Isett, did not enforce indecency standards.
Isett went on to say that if the American public wants standards of decency that govern broadcast TV and to protect the innocent minds of young children, they should file a public comment on the FCC’s website. He continued that if the public doesn’t “speak up” then it could be “anything goes” for national television.