The Federal Communications Commission is considering changing its guidelines in a way that would allow accidental expletives and certain images of nudity to appear on television. Specifically, the FCC is trying to determine if it should shift its enforcement efforts to focus on cases such as a DJ swearing or talking dirty for shock value rather than dwelling on accidental expletives or flashes of nudity.
The FCC alerted the public about the possible policy change by posting a notice on its website. The agency has received almost 95,000 comments on the proposal.
“Today’s television programming already goes well beyond the content parameters most parents find acceptable. No parent, after watching a program with their children says, ‘you know, that sure would have been a better program if they’d only thrown some nudity and profanity in there,’” said Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. “The pressure is coming from the broadcast networks, who don’t want to be accountable to anyone for content. But the airwaves are owned by the American people, and the FCC is supposed to be a responsible steward of the airwaves for their true owners.”
“It would be grossly irresponsible for the FCC to allow this. If the FCC drops the standard, the networks will give us all the profanity and nudity they think they can get away with, and they’d just keep pushing the envelope.”
The Parents Television Council (PTC) is concerned with the FCC’s proposal, Fox News reported.
“There’s an enormous amount of TV content that parents are going to find problematic, offensive or even harmful to their children. The broadcast indecency law is only meant to deal with the worst of the worst TV and radio content to begin with and now the FCC says it doesn’t even want to deal with that,” said Dan Isett, the director of public policy for the PTC.