November 18th, 2003


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Conservative Groups Denounce FCC Decision On Use of "Fuck"

The heads of two leading conservative groups have asked the FCC to overturn a decision by its enforcement bureau that the use of the "f-word" on a national television show did not violate the FCC's indecency rules. The bureau ruled last month that the utterance of the words "fucking brilliant" by Bono during the Golden Globes awards in January "may be crude and offensive, but, in the context presented here, did not describe sexual or excretory organs or activities," the FCC's guideline for indecency. However, the Rev. Donald E. Wildmon, head of the American Family Association, commented: "This ruling clearly opens the floodgates for general use of the 'f-word' in any TV show or radio program -- except in sexual situations." Separately Brent Bozell of the Parents Television Council commented that the ruling makes a "mockery of an organization charged with serving the public interest" and warned that it will result in expressions like "fuck you" being used "over the public airwaves, in front of millions of children."

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