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Court Slaps FCC for Slapping CBS

The first time I’d ever heard of a wardrobe malfunction had to be following Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s performance at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. For those of you who live under a rock, in this infamous performance, Justin Timberlake sings the words “I’ll have you naked by the end of this song,” reaches out, and tears a part of Janet Jackson’s top, revealing a single breast, with a sunburst nipple shield.

The FCC fined CBS $550,000 dollars for the “malfunction.” However, a federal appeals court has tossed out the fine, citing the FCC for acting “arbitrarily and capriciously.” Saying that the offending content should be “repeated,” and “pervasive,” to fall under the category of “indencent.”

I’m all about this ruling, honestly, the amount of time and money that has been put into this absurd 9/16th of a second glimpse of a boob is probably staggering. Honestly, there are far too many uptight people in the world. At the end of the day, it was a few frames of a blurry breast, I’d be more frightened at what these kids hear about on the news.

One thought on “Court Slaps FCC for Slapping CBS

  1. I agree with you, they really overreacted. They act like it was such a big deal. I’m sure the majority of people watching didn’t care or notice. But unfortunately, the minority seems to rule the world just because they’re so loud.

    And the fear out there about nakedness is kind of ridiculous too. Oh no, a part of someone’s body showed! It’s not like someone was feeling her up sexually in front of the world or something. What’s so bad about a quick, sort of accidental glimpse of a breast?

    I’m glad the fine was tossed out at least.

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