It’s not a celebration…it’s a football game.
Jeebus. How stupid has this country become in the past three years?
The Federal Communications Commission launched an investigation into Sunday’s controversial Super Bowl halftime show yesterday and FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell telephoned Mel Karmazin, president of CBS parent Viacom Inc., to express his outrage, saying the entertainment giant should have known what was going to transpire during the show.
The FCC probe will encompass the entire halftime program — including the brief exposure of singer Janet Jackson’s breast and the sexualized dance routine precipitating it — to determine if it violates indecency standards set in law and enforced by the FCC.
If indecency violations are found, each of Viacom’s 200 owned and affiliate stations could face a penalty of up to $27,500. FCC officials said the agency may also pursue penalties against CBS and the individual performers, Jackson and Justin Timberlake.
“I am outraged at what I saw during the halftime show of the Super Bowl,” the FCC chairman said in a statement. “Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt. Our nation’s children, parents and citizens deserve better.”
The other FCC commissioners issued similar statements. In addition to the racy halftime show, some of the commercials shown during the game featured previews for violent movies and jokes employing scatological humor.
Powell said his unhappiness with the halftime show went beyond Jackson’s exposure. It “wasn’t even the most offensive part,” the FCC chief said in an interview. “It was the finale of something that was offensive. The whole performance was onstage copulation.” He added, “This really crossed a heinous line.”
If Powell thinks that was “onstage copulation” he ought to get together with Clarence Thomas and compare notes.
Welcome to the fifties. Prepare to be bored.