Supreme Court Rules Profanity & Nudity Is OK On Broadcast TV


The Supreme Court has overruled the Federal Communication commission policy that regulates curse words and nudity on broadcast television, tossing aside fines and sanctions imposed upon them in an 8-0 decision. Those fines were in excess of $1.24 million.

While the justices did not issue a broad ruling on the constitutionality of the FCC indecency policy, they did conclude that broadcasters could not have known in advance that obscenities would be uttered during an awards show and brief nudity during an episode of NYPD Blue would allow for sanctions.

Fox News reports,

Trending: Kaepernick Skips NFL Organized Workout, Wears T-Shirt Comparing Himself To A Slave

The case arose from a change in the FCC’s long-standing policy on curse words. For many years, the agency did not take action against broadcasters for one-time uses of curse words. But, following several awards shows with cursing celebrities in 2002 and 2003, the FCC toughened its policy after it concluded that a one-free-expletive rule did not make sense in the context of keeping the air waves free of indecency when children are likely to be watching television.

take our poll - story continues below

Would election by popular vote be better than the electoral college?

  • Would election by popular vote be better than the electoral college?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Freedom Outpost updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

But Kennedy said the commission did not adequately explain that under the new policy “a fleeting expletive or a brief shot of nudity could be actionably indecent.”

The stepped-up indecency enforcement, including issuing record fines for violations, also was spurred in part by widespread public outrage following Janet Jackson’s breast-baring performance during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

The court said the FCC is “free to modify its current indecency policy” in light of the ruling.

Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.

Previous Nancy Pelosi: Eric Holder Contempt Vote About Voter Suppression, Not Fast & Furious
Next Democrat Al Green Calls For Hearing On "Radical Christians"

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon to the right of the comment, and report it as spam. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.