Supreme Court

The Metaphorical F-Word

The Supreme Court thankfully decided against the FCC and in favor of allowing "fleeting" obscenities on broadcast television, based on fines levied against Fox and ABC going back as far as 2002. Oddly enough, the best quote came from Antonin Scalia who described Cher's use of "fuck" like so:

“[Cher] metaphorically suggested a sexual act as a means of expressing hostility to her critics.”

Yes, even the conservative justices joined in the decision against the FCC and in favor of broadcast obscenity. Weird. And, yes, Nicole Ritchie, Paris Hilton and Bono were discussed inside the walls of the Supreme Court. Even weirder.

Adding... By the way, this won't mean the networks will suddenly air shows with Deadwood-level profanity. They still have advertisers and, thus, internal standards & practices rules they have to maintain.

  • chris castle

    SCOTUS should have ruled U2 as unconstitutional…

  • Brutlyhonest

    No surprise that scalia would cite Cher. She has a huge gay following – apparently even among those still closeted.

  • Mark A Esposito

    off-topic: Agreed, Deadwood had top shelf PHD-reviewed swearing. Love. Its a terrible shame that show didn’t get renewed up to its full 5 seasons.

    • muselet

      It’s my understanding that HBO essentially told David Milch he could only have one show on the channel; Milch chose to abandon Deadwood in favor of John from Cincinnati.


  • Bob Rutledge

    Does this ruling mean we can all go on the air and give a hearty “Fuck you!” to the Supreme Court if/when they overturn the healthcare bill?

  • Razor

    And they ruled the FCC can still set broadcast standards, they just have to be clear about what those standards are.