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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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That's a pretty high complaint number, what 18 out of 24 people that watched didn't approve. Well I agree with them, of course I didn't watch the egomaniacs.

Golden Globes, hmmmmmm. Isn't that like getting a roll of toilet paper because you use a toilet?

Won't someone PLEASE think of the children?

Why did it take 18 complaints to start an investigation? Shouldn't the FCC be able to see indecency without any help? And these government clowns want to do heart surgery?

I think everyone should just email the chairman of the FCC and show him how many complaints people have with the FCC. Here his email address: Chairman Kevin J. Martin: KJMWEB@fcc.gov

Let's see....giving the finger is bad, showing a pierced nipple is bad, but Ann Colter calling someone a faggot is permissable. I think the FCC should have told those 18 people to get a life. Or maybe, we as tax payers should put pressure on our government to either get rid of the FCC since they're capable of wasting tax payer dollars on this dribble. But then, we live in the country that elected George W. Bush twice so we get what we pay for....

18 complaints out of millions of viewers, LOL, insignificant

Who are these 18 people...I would happily flip them off face to face. Besides, what are you complainers doing watching TV anyway...you should be reading the fictional religious tome of your choosing, abdicating your minds and your free choice, and leaving the rest of us alone.

#$!@!!@#%%#@!@!$$ the 18 complainers.

It's laughable--the liberal hypocrites here. Whining about 18 people complaining thus launching an investigation? How many aetheists does it take to sanitize a christmas play? Kids cannot even say the word "Santa" in school--but they sure as hell can watch drug addled ultra libs grabbing crotch on live tv. Its their "constitutional right" as an 8 year old.
Praise mother Gaia lately?

If you don't like the government sticking thier big nose in everyones business why did you vote for Obama and his pro government democratic cronies!

Hmm, libs don't like a group of people protesting what they think is wrong, but certainly don't hesitate backing that ONE idiot who continually challenges all references to Christianity or god with law suits...

Oh no! Baby Jesus is crying and society as we know it is crumbling. At least there are 18 vigilant souls to protect us from the bad man's middle finger.

Who watches the Golden Globes anyway?

18 people out of 300 million plus, complained so the FCC is going to investigate? Obviously the FCC workers don't have enough to do, so perhaps it's time for a massive downsizing.

I hear that 17 of the 18 complaints were about Salma Hayek's golden globes. And she didn't even win an award.

This makes the news??? Who really gives a sh*t that the guy flipped the bird? Why don't those in charge concentrate on something more pressing like the RECESSION instead of a ridiculous complaint? If you don't like what's on the TV, change the channel. No one is forcing you to watch... Besides did anyone complain about the "attire" worn by some auditioning for American Idol... I've seen more clothes at happy hour at the local strip joint... Now there's something we should be censoring.... Yeesh gimme a break

I guess when there is a link from Drudge, all the God-fearing, bible thumping, morons come out of the woodworks. Go back to church and pray to your non-existent god.


If the FCC fines NBC more than $10 it will bankrupt them. A dying media keeps shooting themselves in the head...

Well of course the FCC response is insipid. But what's incredibly amusing, is the whining lefties who routinely shove politically correct expectations down the throat of the rest of the world, pooh poohing the thought that anyone else might police "their' indecent actions. Of course making a fuss over a finger sign is ridiculous... so is calling someone who decries unnatural homosexual acts as a "hate monger", or someone who ridicules "global warming" baloney as a "denier", or Israeli's who are defending themselves, as "agressors." When you politically correct castratos shrilly whine about hate speech, your principles are as vapid as your outrage at the FCC for investigating a simply breech of decorum.

I remember watching award shows as a kid with my family and it was a big deal, but I would never let my kids watch one today. Why would I want them to watch these hollywood celebrities congratulate eachother for doing their job? (they got paid, this was not charity work)

Where's the award ceremony for the average joe?? The award for the "most on-time bus driver" goes to.... or the "mom who read the most bed-time stories" was...

If you let your kid watch the show, then you are responsible for them seeing the guy flip the bird. I thought network television aired these types of shows on a 5 second delay? They're just asking for trouble!!!

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