August 28, 2006, - 1:23 pm

Question About Last Night’s Emmy Awards Show: Where’s the FCC?

By Debbie Schlussel
Just wondering how actresses Calista Flockhart and Helen Mirren and CBS latenight host Craig Ferguson can get away with saying the word “t-t”, unbleeped, on live television–you know, one of the seven words you can’t say over the conventional broadcast airwaves–without NBC–AND THEM–getting fined by the FCC.
They and other celebs (including the actor who presented with her, who also said “t-t”) who uttered various obscenities on live TV, last night, went the way of Janet Jackson at the Superbowl. They got away with it.
Flockhart has a show debuting in the fall on ABC. Will the FCC do a thing to punish her? Not likely. Ditto for Ferguson and his CBS “Late Late Show.” And nothing for Mirren, either. Howard Stern does have a point about the FCC picking on him.

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Calista Flockhart & Craig Ferguson: Said “Ass Over T-t” on Emmys

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11 Responses

She looks like the “Perkster”, Katie Couric, in that pic.

Thee_Bruno on August 28, 2006 at 2:05 pm

The words don’t mean a lot to me. What is bad is the overreaction of the FCC in many of these cases.

Craig C on August 28, 2006 at 2:28 pm

The “Seven Words” thing is a myth. There is not, nor has there ever been, a list of what can’t be said. Look here http://www.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2001/fcc01090.html
And you’ll see how each situation is judged differently. In this context, and because it was live, I don’t think it’s worthy of a fine.

growler on August 28, 2006 at 4:41 pm

And in Craig’s defense (because I like him, and he’s well aware of the foibles of Hollywood, and really doesn’t play the game much), “ass over tit” may just be more common in his native Scotland than “ass over teakettle” is in the US.

growler on August 28, 2006 at 4:42 pm

Salty language that would make a sailor blush was always considered out bounds for ladies. And even guys were not supposed to curse or use profane language in polite company. And these actresses are supposed to be role models for our daughters. I guess the Emmys aren’t drawing many viewers if the shock factor wasn’t present to get them to tune in. So much for the state of the culture.

NormanF on August 28, 2006 at 5:01 pm

growler: I like Craig a bit, but I don’t think he’s justified in using those words on national TV whichever country he is from.
Where I am from, a popular name for cats or kittens is “pussy”. There are different usages, for example the word “fag” means the same as the verb “smoke”.
Over a period of time, you learn what is acceptable and what is not, when you move to a new country.
Craig is just arrogant, in my opinion. The FCC has to deal with him accordingly.

anonymous twit on August 28, 2006 at 5:08 pm

The reason they got away with it is because nobody watched the show. The Emmy’s are probably one foot in front of the Tony Awards as viewable material.

Michael Durant on August 28, 2006 at 6:18 pm

the fcc position in the world has changed once government agency that policed the airwaves so high blaster signal would not interfere with your airdryer 100 miles away is now in the position to tell you what you can and can not listen to but has no rulebook on fining one person but not the other. they will look into this come out with a decision whether it was a violation and fine them. remember its an election year there were no fines issued in 2005 look for the fines to roll out

PNAMARBLE on August 28, 2006 at 7:39 pm

The “Seven Words” thing is a myth. There is not, nor has there ever been, a list of what can’t be said. Look here http://www.fcc.gov/eb/Orders/2001/fcc01090.html
And you’ll see how each situation is judged differently. In this context, and because it was live, I don’t think it’s worthy of a fine.
Posted by: growler [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 28, 2006 04:41 PM
So to play a Casio-type organ with ones organ is a fine. Saying I wonder if masturbating with the sock Lamb Chop is sodomy?
y God you’re right! It’s not one of the Seven Dirty Words. It’s from prude assholes who can’t monitor their goddamn kids

KOAJaps on August 28, 2006 at 9:08 pm

Get a grip – there are very few people in general who find “tit” to be anything other than a little rude perhaps. It in no way approaches the level of the F-bomb.
As to the idiot who wrote “nobody watched the show” BZZZZZT! Wrong, thanks for playing “How Little Do You Know?” This year’s Emmys were the top rated show of the week. It lost numbers from last year, but it is August which is the lowest point of the year for ratings so those numbers are actually pretty impressive.
See ya at the next book burning.

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