Thanks go out to Davenetics for bringing to our attention the FCC's opening of the books on some viewer complaints about the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics on NBC. Yes, it's an old program, but it's the idea that's important. Why? Dave puts it thusly:
The complaints... can best be summed up by one letter-writer who explained: "My children saw an exposed breast during the opening ceremonies," and another who asked, "How could NBC be allowed to show the male genitalia on national television?" By the way, the writer here is referring to a reproduction of a statue. If you can get off to that, my hat is off to you (so are my pants for that matter).If we sit still while some hick with statue-related tumescence turns our broadcast day into a bland, milky pulp, we have no one to blame but ourselves. And that hick.
This would all be ridiculously funny if it weren't for the fact that handful of nuts like these can actually move policy in this country. Remember, 99.8% of all complaints to the FCC this year came from a single organization.
So what can we do? Write to the FCC and tell them we like what we see on network television? That we want more exposed breasts and naked statues? If you have any suggestions, please comment.
[To read the Washington Post story that Dave cites, click here.]