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After thanking Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and the city’s police department, Ortiz yelled “This is our f---ing city!” Ortiz added: “And nobody's going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”
The game against the Kansas City Royals was broadcast nationally on MLBN, as well as regionally on NESN. It was also carried on local radio stations WEEI 850 and WUFC 1510. But Ortiz’s f-bomb isn’t going to land him in hot water with the FCC, with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski tweeting his blessing from the government agency’s official Twitter account.
I don't want to make a federal case out of all of this -- but that's what the government is doing. The Federal Communications Commission in recent years has cracked down on "indecency" in general and this word specifically. The FCC's fines for indecency have risen steadily: a mere $4,000 in 1995, then $48,000 in 2000, then $440,000 in 2003 and finally a whopping $7.9 million in 2004. President Bush signed a bill last week increasing by tenfold the maximum fine for indecency on radio or TV, to $325,000. Broadcasters have sued to overturn recent FCC rulings, arguing that broadcasters shouldn't have to abide by laws that don't affect cable and satellite providers (which is why HBO's "Deadwood" can clock, by one Web site's calculation, 1.48 F-words per minute). The inability to be indecent is, for broadcasters, a competitive disadvantage.
Originally posted by Tuttle
Why do Americans create so much fuss about swearing on television?
Sure in the UK if someone came on telly before the watershed and started swearing he might get a bit gip about it, but nobody really cares that much.
Its like, even that very expression "f-bomb" to be honest for other countries that is quite simply infuriating to hear people say it.
Its like when your networks bleep swearing, man, that pretty much destroys a large majority of tv shows from America for me.edit on 21-4-2013 by Tuttle because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by mikemck1976
George Carlin says it best...
a swear word that many people find offensive that is used to emphasize a comment or an angry statement