Day #6: Reggie Watts – “Fuck Shit Stack”
Warning: the hair uses plenty of expletives.
Among the cases on the Supreme Court’s docket this year is the FCC v. Fox Television Stations, which challenges the constitutionality of the FCC’s indecency standards. That is, where the FCC can punish broadcasters that air indecent content during the prime time hours (6 – 10pm). The broadcasters argue that because indecency is not obscenity, it is protected speech, and would naturally prefer to regulate themselves (while ideally, remaining accountable to audiences and advertisers). But the FCC isn’t without a defense. Their regulatory power was sealed in the 1976 Supreme Court ruling, FCC v. Pacifica Foundation. That all started with a father who’s son heard George Carlin’s immortal “Filthy Words” on the radio and ended with the Court’s rationale that, because broadcasters use public spectrum, the government can regulate speech in the public interest. They were, in other words, thinking about the children. And because it only applied to indecency aired on the networks during prime time, the regulation was considered narrow enough to be constitutional. So, if the Court decides this time in favor of the broadcasters, it will overturn to the Pacifica ruling. Some fear that if that happens, and the broadcasters are left to their own vices, they will be knee-deep in naked tits and ass and foul mouths.
A while back, I caught a few minutes of an episode of Two and Half Men on CBS. Seemingly right at the moment when depressed Jon Cryer barges in on Charlie Sheen who is in bed with four women, one of whom is a prostitute (I assume that is what he meant by “she’s on the clock”). If I could, I would ask the FCC this: what the hell standards of decency are you trying to preserve exactly?