Which brings me to the conservative Parents Television Council that once again has sniffed out a bad word coming across the airwaves to corrupt the youth of America.
This time PTC is all upset that ABC failed to catch a bad word during The Who's Live 8 performance:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A parents group on Thursday accused the ABC television network of violating broadcast decency standards when it failed to censor all profanity uttered during the recent Live 8 concert, an event held to draw attention to poverty in poor countries.
The Parents Television Council, which has filed numerous complaints about potentially indecent material on television, asked the Federal Communications Commission to levy a fine on ABC stations for failing to censor the July 2 performance of "Who Are You" by The Who.
"The program was aired on a tape delay, which should have given ABC ample time to edit all obscenities from the concert prior to broadcast," Tim Winter, PTC executive director, said in a statement.
The complaint was filed against the Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate WJLA, but the council asked the FCC to take action against all the ABC stations that aired the profanity, according to a spokeswoman for the organization.
U.S. law bars radio and television broadcasters from airing obscene material, and limits them to airing indecent material, typically profanity or sexually explicit content, to late night hours when children are less likely to be watching.
"Unfortunately, one inappropriate phrase sung by one performer was initially missed and made it into the East Coast network feed," ABC said in a statement. "It was subsequently edited out of the West Coast feed."
The story doesn't say, but I'm assuming the offending word came as Roger Daltrey sang the line, "Who the fuck are you?", which appears in the studio version of the song as well. But here's the thing, radio stations have been playing that song, complete with potty-mouth word, at all hours of the day since it's release in 1978. This is nothing new. But it's a way for these busy-body church lady types to get more attention, I suppose.
UPDATE: And while I'm at it, why has it been OK for the word "faggot" to be heard in the Dire Straights song "Money For Nothing" since 1985 but last year's "American Idiot" by Green Day has the same word bleeped out on almost every radio station? Especially since the reference in "Money For Nothing" is a tad bit more derogatory (IMHO) than the one in "American Idiot".