The Supreme Court Hears 'F-Bombs' And 'S-Words'
Surprisingly, Steven Tyler Weighs In
January 11, 2012 at 8:37 AM (PT)
THE SUPREME COURT heard arguments YESTERDAY (1/10) that the FCC is violating the Constitution by imposing fines for on-air indecency and "appeared ready to give government regulators the continuing authority to regulate profanity and sexual content on broadcast television," reports CNN. "The justices and lawyers all stayed polite, not actually using any obscene words, preferring the legally acceptable 'f-bomb' or 's-word' to describe the controversial content at issue in the high-stakes free speech dispute."
In many televised instances, "one cannot tell what is indecent and what isn't" said Justice RUTH BADER GINSBURG. "It's the appearance of arbitrariness about how the FCC is defining indecency in concrete situations," she added.
"All the government is asking for is a few (broadcast) channels where you can say -- they are not going to hear the s-word, the f-word. They are not going to see nudity," Chief Justice JOHN ROBERTS said.
A ruling on this appeal is expected from the court in a few months. Two years ago, the court ruled in favor of the FCC on the issue of "fleeting expletives."
Guess Who's Following This Matter?
Lots of people have an opinion regarding this subject, but POP2IT.COM posted some thoughts from someone most would be surprised to hear from on the matter.
"There's a certain charm and passion and magic in not showing full-frontal nudity," AEROSMITH frontman and AMERICAN IDOL judge STEVEN TYLER told the AP. "It's really hot when you only show a little."
TYLER also opined the occasional curse word "is not the same as the barrage of profanity that could come about if the regulation is deemed unconstitutional," noted POP2IT.
"If you start surfing channel to channel and you're on NBC and it's [expletive] and channel 4 and it's [expletive] and channel 7 and it's [expletive], it wouldn't be fun to surf," said TYLER, who added "the use of profanity lacks creativity and turns it into something crass."
TYLER is predicting that the Supreme Court will allow "certain words, and that's that."