Skip to comments.Complaints Pour in to FCC Over Super Bowl Flash
Posted on 02/06/2004 4:13:52 PM PST by Happy2BMe
|Complaints Pour in to FCC Over Super Bowl Flash
By Peter Kaplan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Upset television viewers have filed more than 200,000 complaints about Janet Jackson's breast-baring performance at the Super Bowl, a record for the Federal Communication Commission, officials said on Friday.
Gripes over the flash of Jackson's breast last Sunday easily eclipsed the FCC's previous record -- 80,000 complaints that came after television actress Nicole Richie used a curse word on the 2003 Billboard Music Awards, the agency said.
"The vast majority express outrage that this occurred during a family program, when many children were in the viewing audience," FCC consumer and information chief K. Dane Snowden said in a statement.
The furor was touched off when pop star Justin Timberlake tore off part of Jackson's black leather bustier while the two were singing a duet, exposing her right breast.
The halftime show was carried by Viacom unit CBS and staged by sister network MTV. It has intensified calls for the government to take a tougher stance on indecency.
FCC Chairman Michael Powell has vowed a thorough investigation of the incident, calling it a "classless, crass and deplorable stunt."
The Parents Television Council, a non-profit watchdog group, said it also has been receiving complaints at a record pace, more than 24,000 so far. "We are getting them like crazy," said spokeswoman Katie Wright.
Both performers have apologized, and Jackson said the performance went further than expected. Timberlake blamed the exposure on a "wardrobe malfunction."
CBS has already said it would use an "enhanced delay" on its Feb. 8 broadcast of the Grammy Awards so it can censor both audio and video as needed, and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network also said it will use a delay on its Feb. 29 broadcast of the Academy Awards.
What a sad state of affairs when the slimey scum can't even be trusted to act decently. BTW "censor" is a government act. "Edit" doesn't carry the same weight though, does it.
I would vote for a delay of about 5 years...
I wonder how many FR threads have been generated by the halftime show.
I've only seen these:
Janet Jackson Featured in 10-Part Vignette Series on BET Network for Black History Month
Don't Say You Were Stunned by MTV's Raunchy Halftime Show
Knoxville resident files lawsuit against Jackson, CBS, MTV
Janet's sack of silicone & other symbolism
Spike Lee blasts Jackson's breast-baring
WE BREAST OUR CASE: TV VIEWER SUES
TiVo watchers uneasy after post-Super Bowl reports
Janet Jackson Stunt May Impact Standards
MORE NIPPLE RIPPLES (Jackson dixiechicked---now in rehab)
SoCal school cancels MTV filming; officials cite Super Bowl show
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Viacom,Janet,Justin,etc.
GRAMMYS BOOT JANET
Jackson Bares Soul. A Nation Mourns.
Flags Keep Dropping on Super Bowl Stunt (Hollyweirdos bellyache about "censorship")
Peggy Noonan: Janet Jackson and the Frog
Janet Jackson to Be a Grammy No-Show (Jackson is uninvited)
Janet Let the Dogs Out
Can you take one more JAB at the Super Bowl? (HUMOR)
NFL Cancels Chasez Performance (Nipplegate Fallout: Pro Bowl Halftime Show Changed)
Internal Viacom Memo on Super Bowl Halftime
Report: Janet Jackson OUT of Grammys picture
Justin rips booby-trap (He Didn't Have A Clue)
Only a Matter of Time: Why the Super Bowl Incident Isnt Surprising
Janet Jackson's PR Bonanza
Up close and too personal at the Sleaze Bowl
Shocks mar quality television
FCC Chair Michael Powell - The "Earfull" after the "Eyefull" (My title)
Post-Super Bowl, Bare Breasts on 'ER' Raise Alarm (Nipplegate II, Coming Thursday Night on NBC)
Curse Words For Janet Jackson (It's Morford, what do you expect?)
SHEILA JACKSON LEE SAYS LIVE ON C-SPAN THAT THE BEST EVER 2004 SUPERBOWL UPHELD FAMILY VALUES.
MTV Blames Janet Jackson for Incident (tries to shift the blame)
The anything-but 'Super' Bowl: Joseph Farah says sports entrap Americans, no longer safe
The hypocrisy of MTV
MTV Statement on Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Incident
AOL MAY DEMAND REFUND FOR PEEP SHOW
Family groups lash out at CBS, NFL
FRNCC - "Wardrobe Malfunction" by Robert Hahn
Jackson: Stunt Planned but Went Awry
CBS & MTV's Super Bowl "Malfunction"
Super Bowl Halftime Stunt Angers NFL, CBS, FCC
Don't give NFL a pass on this one
Contact information for Super Bowl complaints
Rush Is Right: Did You Expect Better From this Culture? [Rush on last nite's Super Bowl]
NFL Says There Will Be No Consequences For Prime Time Porn Show
Janet Apologizes, Says Super Bowl Stunt Went Too Far
FCC Is Investigating Super Bowl Show: Entire Halftime Performance Faces Indecency Standards Test
Super Bowl Sleaze: Shmuley's Five Daughters Watch Janet Jackson Strip
MTV Not Satisfied With Pushing Smut on Their Own Channel, Now They Corrupt the Super Bowl
BUSH SLEPT THROUGH JANET'S STRIP!
Plan next year's Superbowl Half time entertainment! (Vanity)
Damage Control, MTV Style (MTV takes "incriminating" stories off their web site)
Statement by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue
Call this one the Super Bowl of sleaze(Even liberal TV critics disgusted)
CBS Apologizes for Jackson's Exposure (MTV will not produce another Halftime show)
CBS left holding the bag
Conflicting messages from MTV
Did Justin Timberlake just pull off Janet Jackson's Top?
Drudge: Timberlake Issues Statement (Timberlake blames "Wardrobe Malfunction")
FCC contact information
FCC launches investigation into halftime show
FCC to investigate Super Bowl breast-baring
FCC's Powell 'Outraged' by 'Deplorable' Halftime Stunt
Into the sewer
MTV Boasts Janet Afterwards: "Janet Gets Nasty!"
MTV Touted Jackson 'Shocker' Before Topless Super Bowl Dance
OUTRAGE AT CBS AFTER JANET BARES BREAST DURING DINNER HOUR; SUPER BOWL SHOW PUSHES LIMITS
Statement regarding the Super Bowl halftime show
Tell Us: Your thoughts on the halftime show POLL
I don't want my MTV [Satellite TV should allow deletion of and not paying for channels we hate.]
CBS: Super Bowl Highest Rated in 6 Years
CBS: Parents Must Protect Kids from Football Violence
FREEP This Poll
I'm sick and tired of the Janet episode. Get over it people, she apologized and it's done. People need to get a life.
I have found the on off switch is the most effective form of censorship I could use.
For those of you who are complaining about what is on broadcast networks, have only one person to blame, yourself.
You are the ones who have allowed this pollution on the air since the get go, I have no sympathy for you, get over it, you have made your bed now lie in it.
If you don't like the bed, it maybe time to take direct action, like not spending your money on AOL or Disney or any of the producers or suppliers of this fine entertainment.
Your choice, government doesn't need to be involved.
Stupid, myopic people who pretend to be decent God-fearing folks feel the need to protest against something. Nevermind that network television is riddled with filth and most shows on cable is practically pornography.
LoL! - They gotta be die-hard Janet Jackson fans. (Wonder how Jacko rates with them?)
Here's where I think we make our mistake. They told us if we didn't like something, don't watch it. So we didn't and it just got worse and worse so that now we CAN'T watch it. We should have complained and complained then. Now the Genie doesn't want to go back into the bottle.
Didn't take long, did it?
Ya think this thing maybe backfired just a little bit on her?