Monday, January 24, 2005

Michael Powell and the FCC

It wasn't that long ago that I was only vaguely aware of the FCC, and especially their role in regulating what is shown on TV. I knew that someone somewhere in the background was making sure no one said fuck or showed a boobie, but I really didn't think much about it, and I certainly never knew whothe comissioner was. That was until what I like to call, the greatest overreaction in media history at last year's SuperBowl halftime show. Since then, it seems like the FCC is everywhere, you always hear about affiliates afraid to show Saving Private Ryan (even though they had done it before) for fear of getting fined. Then the ridiculous outrage over the MNF intro with Terrell Owens. While I'm aware that there needs to be some regulation for what comes on network television (we can't have them showing porn, although it wouldn't really bother me much if they did), here's hoping that with Michael Powell's resignation, the FCC can fade back into the background and let the viewers decide what is appropriate for themselves and their children.

If that's too much to ask, however, there is one thing that offends me and perhaps the FCC could do something about that. There is an incredibly ridiculous talking half man, half monkey creature (his english is actually quite good, for a monkey) that comes on my TV quite a bit, he's always talking about freedom and liberty and hard work, but he looks like all he really does is scratch himself all day. So if you could keep this thing off my TV, I'd be pretty happy.

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