Keaton Quip Creates Thousands Of Indecency Complaints
January 22, 2008 at 10:00 AM (PT)
The indecency complaint e-mail machine has been turned on again -- this time over DIANE KEATON's use of profanity on ABC-TV's GOOD MORNING AMERICA. A website run by THE AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION (AFA) reported that it sent out an alert to its membership and had 73,000 people file a complaint with the FCC against their local ABC-TV stations over the incident.
Although indecency complaints peaked at 148,000 last JANUARY and dipped to relatively few as the year wore on, AFA Dir./Special Projects RANDY SHARP said, "There’s still an enormous amount of offensive content that may not reach that legal definition of what’s indecent ... There’s still lots of problems with television content."
As fate would have it, the FCC hasn't issued an indecency ruling against a TV or radio station for well over a year; Commissioner ROBERT M.McDOWELL attributed the inactivity to the current SUPREME COURT case regarding, ironically enough, the same kind of "fleeting profanity" uttered by DIANE KEATON. If the Court strikes down the FCC argument that such feelting expletives are obscene, then the GMA incident will likely go unpunished.