Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Cow Poop

Get used to it. Our new imperial government ain't puttin' up with anymore BS.

First this:

ATHENS, Ga. — A bumper sticker that takes a double-entendre dig at President Bush has landed a woman in trouble with the law.

Denise Grier, 47, of Athens was recently pulled over in suburban Atlanta's DeKalb County where she works as a nurse when a police officer spotted her bumper sticker that reads: "I'm Tired Of All The BUSHIT."

The officer who stopped her thought it was lewd, and she was cited for violating a state law prohibiting lewd or profane stickers and decals on vehicles.

Grier said the sticker is simply a political statement.

And then the glorious FCC steps in.
In its latest batch of nannyisms, the FCC declared shit and all its variants, including bullshit, not merely indecent — which is where the case law stood after the Supreme Court washed the seven dirty words out of George Carlin’s mouth in 1978 — but also now profane. Since outmoded broadcast censorship legislation was passed in 1927 — giving the government this constitutionally dubious authority — the FCC had not once found any word to be profane until 2004, when it ruled against Bono’s joyful utterance of “fucking” at the Golden Globes. Now “shit” et al join this devil’s dictionary. And the FCC warns that they are not merely profane but “presumptively profane,” which means that except in “rare” and “unusual circumstances,” to speak these words on the air will guarantee you a penalty.

And a related story the WB quaking in fear of the FCC censors a new show
Buffalo State College graduate Tom Fontana is going back to college for his new WB series, "The Bedford Diaries."

In the series, which premieres at 9 tonight on WNYO-TV, six good-looking students attend a fictional New York City college and are taking a seminar on human behavior and sexuality.

The students talk about their feelings in video diaries.

Fontana, the writer-producer best known for his work on "St. Elsewhere," "Homicide" and HBO's "Oz" is on familiar ground, having taught at his alma mater, Syracuse University, as well as Columbia University.

Fearing the Federal Communications Commission would censor the pilot episode of this pointlessly racy and incredibly dumb drama, the WB asked executive producer Tom Fontana to make some edits. What Fontana -- one of the better talents in all of television -- should have said was this: "I don't know what you're talking about. I have nothing to do with that abomination."

But he didn't. He just said no. And the WB, fearing fines that were recently leveled at CBS stations, which aired an allegedly obscene episode of "Without a Trace" in the 9 p.m. slot, made the edits for Fontana.

Apparently they cut two girls kissing in a bar and one girl unbuttoning her pants for a little personal exploration. That may have made it better for the FCC, but unless the WB censors cut all the acting and, in particular, all the writing, then this series still qualifies as obscenely awful.



Blogger Bake Town said...

Lovin' that sticker. Gotta get me one.

5:01 PM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger Unknown said...

O MY GOD..they are coming unglued again. It started w/Janet's faux Paux at the superbowl and moved on to we can't even have a damn bumper sticker?

Thank god I no longer reside in GA.biblethumping dipwads.

9:04 AM, April 04, 2006  

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