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Breaking: FCC reviewing NBC's Golden Globes telecast

After receiving multiple complaints about NBC's Sunday telecast of the Golden Globes, the FCC said Wednesday that it is reviewing the program for possible violations of indecency rules.

Toward the end of the program, director Darren Aronofsky was caught on camera jokingly making an obscene gesture -- "flipping the bird," as it's commonly called -- at actor Mickey Rourke, who was onstage accepting an acting award for Aronofsky's film "The Wrestler." Rourke and other attendees also salted their speeches with occasional off-color language, some of which was bleeped by NBC censors.

Now the FCC, which regulates decency issues on the broadcast networks, has stepped into the fray. "We received 18 complaints about the Golden Globes telecast," FCC spokeswoman Edie Herman wrote in an e-mail to The Times, "and the commission is reviewing the matter." 

An NBC spokeswoman confirmed that it aired the Aronofsky gesture on the live telecast. "On the West Coast, it went to black for two seconds," the spokeswoman e-mailed. "Beyond that, we have no further comment."

Aronofsky's publicist, Karen Samfilippo, said earlier this week that she had not heard anything from NBC about the matter.

The FCC has a mixed record with decency enforcement. The agency fined CBS $500,000 for airing Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl. But a court overturned the fine last year.

-- Scott Collins


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There are 305 million people in this country and it only takes 18 people complaining to an obsolete agency to launch an investigation.
Maybe the FCC should worry more about the upcoming ditigal transition, and if everyine is ready, then some one flipping the bird on T.V.

The should get finned for having those wannabe studio clownsters Pdaddy and Jay Cee on the broad cast ...

18 whole complaints & taxpayer $$$ will be wasted on an investigation? Don't like what's on, change the channel, turn it off, or move to CUBA or the communist nation of your choosing where everything is nice & sanitized for the brainwashed masses! PC = BS!

If we are upset with them, then the FCC should be on "The Views' butt...daily!!!!!

So if someone made a vulgar homophobic comment that would be ok.
If someone made a pro child sex comment peppered with vulgar words, that would be fine.
If someone had a 2 foot dildo sticking out of his pants on stage, that would be perfectly acceptable.
The days of reasonably expecting any kind of self restraint have long past, especially with a hollywood crowd that likes to stretch limits. And thats what we want them to do, but to a point. We used to think the Smothers Brothers were wild and crazy guys for sneaking in double entendre's, now we are dealing with something completely different.
No matter how dated it seems to have someone keeping tabs on things, it just has to be done or there will be no viewers whatsoever. Everyone will sooner or later be offended. And isn't entertainment all about viewers afterall, not just about the actors themselves.

This just in... FCC drops investigation. They realized that absolutely noone watched the stupid self-indulging hollywood elite show.

Its about time someone is looking into the offensive language & symbols that are allowed on television today in the name of freedom of speech!!!!!!!!!!

Mickey WHO?

"No matter how dated it seems to have someone keeping tabs on things, it just has to be done or there will be no viewers whatsoever. Everyone will sooner or later be offended. And isn't entertainment all about viewers afterall, not just about the actors themselves."

In that case, wouldn't the networks either police themselves or die out?
I say instead of letting 18 people drag taxpayer-funded resources into pointless investigations, we should let the free market decide.

They should fine the networks any time one of those selfrightous hollywood bleeps appears on TV! Stick it to them FCC!

P.S. I would have complained, too, if I thought it would really matter. Guess it does.

Some of you are incredulous about "only 18 people" complaining?

I say Bravo to those 18. If I had watched the crap, it would,have been 19.

Remember: it only took ONE to get prayer yanked from Anerica's schools!

18 domplained, and the other 7 were not offended

The more important question should be where did those 18 complaints come from? Bet you from the American Family Association. They are notorious for promoting the biblical ethic of decency in American society with primary emphasis on TV and other media. In other words shoving their Christian beliefs upon the general public.

As to the comment, "don't like what's on, turn the channel'l-its just not that simple. Out of no where people act crude and rude. I don't want to get rid of my TV. I want people to grow up and act decently in a public setting. There used to be a term called common decensy and we didn't have to have the FCC or anyone dogging our every move. Since people aren't self-regulating, this is where things are. As for the 18 people, if I knew where to complain, I would have made it 19. I just wish people would be more respectful of others and quit being so selfish.

Only 18 complaints. Was anyone even watching this show??

18 complaints. The was 100% of the viewing audience for the entire sordid affair!

"Remember: it only took ONE to get prayer yanked from Anerica's schools!"

Maybe concentrate more on spelling than praying?

I find it hard to believe you haven't been flipped the bird before. Do you call the FCC every time it happens? Do you call the cops? Do you tell ANYONE? No. Presumably because you're an adult and have better things to do.

ONLY 18 people complained?? That's probably everyone who watched the stupid show!

It's hysterical that the irrationality of liberals defending their Hollywood role models affects their ability to deviate from this story that the FCC was talking about mutiple complaints about 18 specific and separate violations.

Stop being sheep.

Amen Jeff.

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