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Mild swearing on TV is fine

Posted Mar 29, 2006 in Personal, Politics, Sport, Religion.

Yet another group of overly-religious wack-jobs, the Family Policy Network this time, are complaining about some very mild profanity on live television. In this case, an upset Kevin Manion (crew chief for NASCAR driver Martin Truex, Jr.) said “shit” on the in-car radio system, after his driver had just been wrecked by another. FOX Sports don't have a 5-second delay on their race broadcasts, preferring instead to edit certain things before airing them. For whatever reason, this system failed last Sunday, and the word slipped out.

This was a genuine mistake, which was immediately followed by an apology from commentator Mike Joy. Although it was technically in violation of rules put in place by the FCC, they only sanction local FOX stations where complaints are received. Given the mildness of the profanity, I wouldn't imagine it would be too much of a problem. Unfortunately, the fucking assholes at the Family Policy Network aren't going to let it go so easily:

The FCC will only sanction local FOX television stations for this infraction, and only if a complaint has been made by a citizen. Therefore, it is important that as many citizens as possible file a complaint with the FCC. If you or someone you know watched the March 27 broadcast of the “Food City 500” NASCAR race on the FOX network, please be sure a complaint similar to the one FPN filed Sunday is made to the FCC about the FOX station in your area. Then encourage your friends in other local television markets to do the same.

This is absolutely ridiculous. It was a mistake, you fucking retards! If people are offended, they can complain if they wish - they don't need you shitheads to tell them what is profane and what is not.

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