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Thursday, February 5, 2004

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“Tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt,” was how Federal Communications Commission chief Michael Powell, promising to launch an investigation, characterized the Superbowl half time extravaganza where Justin Timberlake ripped off Janet Jackson’s bodice to reveal, God help America, a breast! “Our nation's children, parents and citizens deserve better,” he added. For most of the nation’s children, a breast is probably the first thing they ever see. A more natural, nurturing and beautiful appendage is hard to imagine. With all the latest erection inducing ads flooding the Superbowl, these guardians of morality seem a little confused. To avoid allegations of child abuse by exposing babies to these “indecent” and repulsive appendages, perhaps Mr. Powell and the rest of the women-hating, uptight morons going ballistic over this think we ought to be feeding our children formula out of AK47’s instead., February 6, 2004

Singer Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of Jackson's outfit and blamed a "wardrobe malfunction," but Federal Communications Commission chief Michael Powell on Monday called the display "a classless, crass and deplorable stunt."

"I am outraged at what I saw during the halftime show of the Super Bowl," Powell said. "Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt. Our nation's children, parents and citizens deserve better." [...]

[...]He told the commission to open an investigation, promising it would be "thorough and swift." Such an investigation could result in a fine of up to $27,500 or -- if the FCC applied the sanction to each CBS station -- in the millions. [...]

[...]NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue called the conduct "offensive, embarrassing to us and our fans, and inappropriate."

"We will change our policies, our people and our processes before the next Super Bowl to ensure that this entertainment is far more effectively dealt with," he said.

Over-the-air television channels cannot air "obscene" material at any time and cannot air "indecent" material between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The FCC defines obscene material as describing sexual conduct "in a patently offensive way" and lacking "serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value." Indecent material is not as offensive but still contains references to sex or excretions.

FCC chief calls breast-baring 'deplorable'; CBS apologizes, CBS, February 2, 2004

I'm not a prude, I just want some respect
So close the door if you want me to respond
Cause privacy is my middle name
My last name is control
No, my first name ain't baby,
It's Janet... Ms. Jackson if you're nasty

Janet Jackson, Nasty, Album:Control, 1986


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