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How Pussy Riot Became P***y Riot: The FCC’s Sexual Obscenity Rules Are Bullshit

Near naked women "Pussy Riot" protesting FCC profanity rules

When George Carlin released his famous monologue, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” in 1972, it didn’t include the word “pussy.” Although his list didn’t reflect all the words you couldn’t say on TV at the time, the ones he chose were enough to incite the wrath of the FCC and became fodder for a subsequent Supreme Court case on the government’s right to censor and control broadcast “indecency.” He later expanded the list to over two hundred words commonly deemed inappropriate, which he read aloud to audiences from a long scroll.

NCTA petitions FCC to omit promos and noncommercial content from the CALM Act

The CALM Act — the new law to regulate the level of television audio content — is set to go into effect Dec. 13. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NTCA) has asked the FCC to limit the new rule only to commercial spots.

The trade group, in an FCC filing, has asked the FCC to omit “promotional material” from the CALM rules, saying it will place too great burden on television operators. In addition, the NTCA wants clarification from the commission that a cable operator will not be held liable in instances in which it has notified a network and the FCC of a network’s noncompliance with the CALM Act.

“The Commission mistakenly conflates ‘commercial advertisements’ and promos, defining promos as ‘commercial advertisements promoting television programming,’” the NCTA said. “In fact, promos are distinct from ‘commercial advertisements.’ Generally, commercial advertisements are material transmitted in exchange for some type of payment or remuneration, while promos are not.”