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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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I am deeply offended that NBC or anyone would broadcast such garbage! I'm even more offended that people are so stupid they actually wasted their time watching it long enough to complain!!

What a bunch of idiots!!

with live programs...what do you expect???? look at the WWE wrestling.....alot of almost naked bodies......wow.

I am deeply offended that NBC or anyone would broadcast such garbage! I'm even more offended that people are so stupid they actually wasted their time watching it long enough to complain!!

What a bunch of idiots!!

It's those idiots at the Family Research Council with nothing better to do than to monitor the TV for such "offensive material". Why are they watching television anyway? I mean, it's not mentioned in the Bible.

And as usual, all those complaints probably came from the Parents Television Council. This is just chairman Kevin Martin trying to flex his waning power one more time before his useless self is booted out.

FCC should not exist for policing things that should be ok under freedom of speech.

Here's an idea for all the whiner's about decency on TV. There's a knob on the front and buttons on your remote.... IF you don't like it, change the Channel!

Someone in the government actually answered the phone or opened a letter?

It says a lot when even the FCC didn't watch the Golden Globes. There are too many award shows especially for the over paid egocentric hollywood types.

The FCC's only purpose should be, and its only real jurisdiction is to regulate and monitor the different broadcasting frequencies, making sure that CB Radios don't interfere with television signals, etc. They stepped way out of their jurisdiction when they started regulating indecency, the 1st Amendment takes care of all that.

NBC should be investigated for charading as an entertainment network. The garbage that they put on the air should stay in the cans that they came from. Just go to black. That's more entertaining than the garbage that they broadcast.

Are you kidding me, 18 complaints, and now a government investigation. Aren't there more important things to worry about then somebody flipping the bird. How about Bush and Chenny's war crimes?

Are they screening the commercials? They're usually more obscene than the actual program.

Are you kidding me, 18 complaints, and now a government investigation. Aren't there more important things to worry about then somebody flipping the bird. How about Bush and Chenny's war crimes?

Are you kidding?

NBC PROBABLY LODGED THE COMPLAINTS, or maybe Mickey Rourke. All press is good press. Need those ratings.

So everyone who watched that night complained? All 18 of them?

I'm offended every time I see Bush on the TV. If I complain will the FCC stop him from going outside and letting him get on camera?

somebody should fine those 18 people for taking up time, money and oxygen - they offend me!

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

GOOD!

Prayer should never have been in schools to begin with. Keep it in your church or your home where it belongs, NOT imposed on the non-superstitious or those with other superstitions of their own. You have every right to believe any stupid superstition you want, but don't force it on MY kids.

And don't think for a second that you can impose your "morals" on me. Superstitions that purport to give you the right to suppress a womens reproductive freedom, the right to prohibit consuming whatever someone desires, the right to have multiple wives, or any right to suppress MY speech because you disagree with what I say or believe will put you at the pointy end of my spear.

You are free to have and express any stupid superstition you want. If you try to use it as cause to suppress my freedom you do so at risk of your life. There is no god. Grow up and live in the real universe and quit worrying about little invisible men that aren't there.

rAT

Great. They get upset about colorful language and quasi-obscene gestures. But you can show murders and assaults and all sorts of violence on TV at the same time, and you won't get a peep. The priorities around here are amazing.

Where's anerica?

 
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