Censorship

Indecency, Not Violence, Offends on TV (Caution: Nude Turtle Action Below)

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S.T. Karnicks slaps down the FCC's recent yammerings about TV violence and the kids. He notes:

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's claims that excessive television violence require it to trample the Bill of Rights are contradicted by the commission's own records, a new study says.

As Broadcasting and Cable reports, "violence did not even make the list of top programming complaints to the commission, which did include complaints about indecency/profanity and obscenity, as well as in two catch-all categories for general criticisms."

As I noted in my earlier piece on the FCC mentioned above, the public is much more concerned about indecency on television than violence in the medium.

More Karnick critique here.

While this a nice demonstration of the FCC's general inanity and lack of coherent thought, it doesn't really get away with the larger issue of their basic control over what many of us watch and hear. After all, it won't be long before the complaint about the the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn't that they jazz our kids up to fight (as one commissioner ominously avers). It's that they're not wearing pants. (which means that maybe Jackson Pollock ought to join the crew).

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  1. Violence on TV has some positive effects. If the kids are fighting, they won’t be smoking.

  2. *mediageek takes an ominous sip of coffee*

    “It’s that they’re not wearing pants. (which means that maybe Jackson Pollock ought to join the crew).”

    *spit take*

  3. It’s that they’re not wearing pants.

    Why doesn’t Donald Duck feel naked beneath the waist unless someone pulls his shirt off?

  4. You sure it isn’t because Corey Feldman does one of the voices?

  5. Lesson learned from ninja turtle television violence:

    take two cardboard paper towel tubes.

    Connect with twine and tape.

    Instant 4th grader nunchucks!

  6. Shredder,

    I think it has more to do with putting Vanilla Ice on the big screen.

  7. I think it has more to do with putting Vanilla Ice on the big screen.

    LOL!

    I might have gone to see the new TMNT movie if they had brought Vanilla Ice back to do the theme song. As it was, it was a cartoon. WTF was up with that?

    Oh right, the topic of the discussion. I don’t have kids, but I’m perfectly happy to forego watching entertaining television so that people who do have children can pretend they don’t for a few hours a day.

  8. Oooo. Nice camel-toe.

  9. Why doesn’t Donald Duck feel naked beneath the waist unless someone pulls his shirt off?

    And why is he wearing a towel around his waist when he comes out of the shower? Sometimes I think Disney has gotten so powerful that they don’t care about realism in their cartoons anymore.

  10. So if a bunch of us were to write in and complain that there’s not enough indecency on television, would those complaints be lumped in with the other complaints in the “complaints about indecency” category?

    I mean, do we know for sure that a certain percentage of people complaining about indecency aren’t actually complaining that there isn’t enough of it?

  11. Look at the OUTRAGEOUS Animaniacs? Yacko wears pants, no shirt (somewhat OK since he’s a guy), but his siblings are ABSOLUTELY INDECENT! Wacko wears a shirt and no pants… but THE GIRL, Dot, only wears A SKIRT, without so much as a tube top to cover her chest! Where was the FCC to protect my younger siblings from this FILTH!!! But it goes much further back than that! Bugs Bunny would reguarly dress in drag and KISS other male characters! How did this kind of programming EVER PASS!?!?

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