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Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 8:39PM EST
Parents Television Council to Justin Timberlake: “We ask you to keep the halftime show friendly and safe for the children watching”
In 2004, following the Timberlake-Janet Jackson Nipplegate incident at the Super Bowl halftime, the Parents Television Council had its constituents flood the FCC with indecency complaints. Now that Timberlake is returning to Super Bowl halftime, the conservative watchdog has published an open letter noting that since they were in the same news stories 14 years ago, Timberlake has become “a husband and a father,” who has “brought us joy through your music and your film performances.” The PTC is urging Timberlake to put on a “positive, uplifting, entertaining halftime show on Sunday. Because our Children are Watching. Break a leg.” ALSO: NBC calls its five-second delay on Timberlake "common procedure" -- Fox did it last year with Lady Gaga.
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
CBS allowing an uncensored “sh*t happens” in 1999 paved the way for this week’s “sh*thole” TV spectacle
The word “sh*thole” was all over TV on Thursday, thanks to President Trump. But as Sean O'Neal points out, there was a time when the word “sh*t” generated controversy when a broadcast network allowed its use in primetime. CBS OK’d Mark Harmon’s doctor character to say “sh*t happens” in an October 1999 episode of Chicago Hope, the David E. Kelley medical drama, citing artistic reasons. The Parents TV Council warned that allowing a broadcast network to say “sh*t” would result in other shows using the profanity. And the PTC was right. ER would eventually say “sh*t.” NYPD Blue would utter “bullsh*t.” Even Howard Stern was outraged that CBS would allow a word that the FCC would fine him for. "The producers felt strongly that the line was important for artistic truthfulness," CBS said in a statement. "We wanted to support their creative vision, but clearly this is not something that will happen on a weekly basis." Ultimately, the FCC bought CBS’ reasoning for airing the profanity.