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Complaints Pour in to FCC Over Super Bowl Flash
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Posted on 02/06/2004 4:13:52 PM PST by Happy2BMe

Complaints Pour in to FCC Over Super Bowl Flash
Fri February 06, 2004 06:10 PM ET

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.




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Can't we all just get along together?
1 posted on 02/06/2004 4:13:53 PM PST by Happy2BMe
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To: Happy2BMe
"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.

2 posted on 02/06/2004 4:20:24 PM PST by NTegraT
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To: Happy2BMe
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network also said it will use a delay on its Feb. 29 broadcast of the Academy Awards.

I would vote for a delay of about 5 years...

3 posted on 02/06/2004 4:21:50 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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Upset television viewers have filed more than 200,000 complaints about Janet Jackson's

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")

Propriety Malfunction

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 Isn’t 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

Wardrobe malfunction

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

Toiletbowl XXXVIII

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


4 posted on 02/06/2004 4:22:39 PM PST by george wythe
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To: Happy2BMe
I don't see what the big deal is. Where were all the outcries across this land 15-20 years ago?
5 posted on 02/06/2004 4:25:56 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (All Our Base Are Belong To Dubya)
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To: george wythe
JimRob should send these threads to chat, or delete them.

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.

6 posted on 02/06/2004 4:26:13 PM PST by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: NTegraT




To: All Viacom Employees
From: Mel Karmazin
Date: February 03, 2004
RE: Super Bowl Half Time Show

As you know, the incident during the Super Bowl's Half Time Show on Sunday has received a significant amount of attention both in the media and in Washington, D.C. Because of the speculation and misinformation about what transpired, I want to update you on the facts and also on what we are doing to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

First let me say that everyone at Viacom, CBS and MTV was shocked and embarrassed about what transpired at the end of our half time performance. Ms. Jackson's unrehearsed, unplanned and unapproved display went far beyond the bounds of what is acceptable under our broadcast standards. We apologized immediately and publicly to our viewers for the incident.

We also conducted an investigation and are satisfied that we handled the creation and staging of the half time show responsibly and that both CBS and MTV reviewed all planned aspects of the performances in detail and in advance.

We have established that no one in our company was aware in advance of any plan to rip Ms. Jackson's clothing. Executives from MTV, CBS and the NFL attended all rehearsals and nothing like this was included in the show, which was verified by our review of videotapes from the rehearsals. Moreover, I have been assured that we would never have allowed the incident to take place had we known in advance. Janet Jackson has now publicly admitted that she and her choreographer came up with the idea after the last rehearsal and that no one at MTV or at CBS had any knowledge about her plan.

In order to prevent future incidents, we are immediately taking steps to minimize and hopefully eliminate the vulnerability inherent to live television.

First, we are redoubling our already thorough oversight of all live performances -- to be sure that the standards of our networks are upheld and that what is presented is appropriate for the intended audience. Second, in addition to our longstanding policy to employ audio delete technology on live entertainment broadcasts, we will begin a video delete capability with the February 8 broadcast of the Grammy Awards on CBS. We believe that this new procedure will allow us to keep unplanned and unscripted-accidental or otherwise-incidents from occurring in the future.

Other aspects and segments of the half time show are being debated and criticized and will no doubt continue to be discussed over the next several weeks. We support the right of people to disagree with the choices we make just as we value and take seriously the public trust that is given to us. And we will continue to do everything we can to assure that our live broadcasts adhere to the same high standards as the programming we air every day.


7 posted on 02/06/2004 4:26:14 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Since I didn't watch the listed event or any of the Listed events I don't really care.

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.

8 posted on 02/06/2004 4:27:43 PM PST by dts32041 (Will Kerry ever call his wife an African American?)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
I don't see what the big deal is. Where were all the outcries across this land 15-20 years ago?

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.

9 posted on 02/06/2004 4:28:03 PM PST by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: NTegraT
What Made America Puke


10 posted on 02/06/2004 4:30:18 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: Happy2BMe
For some people who are so tired of hearing about this subject, they sure don't mind clicking on the thread to read it and then, then, post on it. But thanks for bumping it up!!!!
11 posted on 02/06/2004 4:33:23 PM PST by NTegraT
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To: ServesURight
No its not over. They pulled this stunt in family time with out any warning. Heads need to roll.
12 posted on 02/06/2004 4:33:38 PM PST by oyez
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To: NTegraT
"For some people who are so tired of hearing about this subject, they sure don't mind clicking on the thread to read it and then, then, post on it."

LoL! - They gotta be die-hard Janet Jackson fans. (Wonder how Jacko rates with them?)

13 posted on 02/06/2004 4:35:21 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: ServesURight
"network television is riddled with filth and most shows on cable is practically pornography."

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.

14 posted on 02/06/2004 4:37:19 PM PST by NTegraT
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To: george wythe
Please add the link to this thread next time you post Janet Jackson links.

:~)

15 posted on 02/06/2004 4:37:22 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: Happy2BMe
They are trying to say its mainstream to stick metal rod though our bodies and whip one an other for some kind of sick pleasure, just like homolife is a preferred lifestyle. In fact homosexuality has been elevated to civil rights kind of status.
16 posted on 02/06/2004 4:37:59 PM PST by oyez
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To: Happy2BMe
Your wish has been granted ;-)

Didn't take long, did it?

17 posted on 02/06/2004 4:39:34 PM PST by george wythe
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To: george wythe
A one-stop J.J. treasure chest.

Ya think this thing maybe backfired just a little bit on her?

18 posted on 02/06/2004 4:44:28 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: oyez
Yep - IT was ugly all right!
19 posted on 02/06/2004 4:46:30 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: ServesURight
I'm only surprised that these outcries are probably from the same people who blasted such outstanding individuals as Dr. James Dobson all these years as a fringe wacko.
20 posted on 02/06/2004 4:52:33 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (All Our Base Are Belong To Dubya)
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To: Happy2BMe
Hmmmm, interesting memo. Are they planning on doing anything about the crotch grabbing or the bumping and grinding? I guess that wasn't rehearsed either.
21 posted on 02/06/2004 4:56:10 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: Happy2BMe
First let me say that everyone at Viacom, CBS and MTV was shocked and embarrassed about what transpired at the end of our half time performance.

Shocked and embarrassed about the end of the show? What about the crotch grabbing guy, garter belt and little else dancers and their bumping and grinding? The whole show was a disgrace. CBS viewed the rehearsels and didn't make them change it.

22 posted on 02/06/2004 5:01:57 PM PST by barker (Bush/Cheney '04)
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To: barker
"CBS viewed the rehearsels and didn't make them change it."

Matt Drudge was saying CBS high rollers all approved of the tit showing and guess what - the tit got showed.

Who was talking about putting the genie back in the bottle?

23 posted on 02/06/2004 5:04:43 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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Madonna was doing this schtick as far back as 20 years ago, rolling around the stage grabbing herself in a wedding gown and lingerie singing "Like A Virgin" on MTV. Thinking that MTV would have provided a family friendly musical halftime show is nothing short of being naive.

When CBS elected to turn the halftime show over to MTV, they knew what they were getting into, just as much as I did.

24 posted on 02/06/2004 5:10:51 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (All Our Base Are Belong To Dubya)
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To: dts32041
For those of you who are complaining about what is on broadcast networks, have only one person to blame, yourself.

Thanks for the lecture, but I don't even own a TV and haven't for over four years, so you don't need to preach to me.
Which is why I said they could delay it for five years, for all I care.

25 posted on 02/06/2004 5:13:15 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ServesURight
Get over it people, she apologized and it's done

So if I rape and multilate a young lady then apologize, you think it's ok? You are missing the point - most real people are tired of the MTV porn and are taking a stand (finally). So it is not done.

26 posted on 02/06/2004 5:13:29 PM PST by zip
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To: Happy2BMe
Can this idiot Karmazin explain what their "high standards" are? During the whole show there were no indications any standards above the level of the pig sty. Viacom, CBS and MTV are purveyors of the worst moral standards in media, just short of pornography. They all should be fined big time and watched more carefully in the future.
27 posted on 02/06/2004 5:17:23 PM PST by Paulus Invictus (4)
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To: Happy2BMe; NTegraT; george wythe
I appreciate all the threads I have seen so far. I learn one new fact per thread and at least one new opportunity for civic action.
28 posted on 02/06/2004 5:20:01 PM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: Happy2BMe
BTW...great tagline.
29 posted on 02/06/2004 5:22:35 PM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: Paulus Invictus
Viacom, CBS and MTV are purveyors of the worst moral standards in media, just short of pornography. They all should be fined big time and watched more carefully in the future.

Exactly. Just look at all the cable networks Viacom owns, and tell me you don't see the same sorta garbage on each and every one of them. Start with Spike and their idiotic WWE wrestling, then BET with their cop killing, dehumanizing of women rap crap, MTV and the Osbournes, VH1 and their Prison Rock, I could go on and on, but we all get the idea. Viacom is the last place anyone should turn to, to find any sort of "wholesome family entertainment". Matter of fact, most of these media giants are garbage dumps of societal decay.

30 posted on 02/06/2004 5:23:01 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (All Our Base Are Belong To Dubya)
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To: Paulus Invictus
"They all should be fined big time and watched more carefully in the future."

Something was mentioned about this being an election year and CBS having return coverage payback, or something to that effect . .

31 posted on 02/06/2004 5:36:38 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: Paulus Invictus
"Can this idiot Karmazin explain what their "high standards" are?"

CBS Bucking For "High Standards"

32 posted on 02/06/2004 5:42:01 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: Izzy Dunne
"Thanks for the lecture, but I don't even own a TV and haven't for over four years, so you don't need to preach to me."

I envy your strength of character.

33 posted on 02/06/2004 5:43:38 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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To: zip
I don't want to get over it. That's why we're in this mess. We complain and then do nothing about it. I want us to keep the pressure on. Just so like a tv 30 minutes sitcom....we move blow and go and then "get over it" and move on.
34 posted on 02/06/2004 6:02:54 PM PST by NTegraT
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To: NTegraT
I want us to keep the pressure on.

Exactly. I think a lot of parents finally got the message concerning the trash their children are watching. Maybe it will have a lasting effect. We can hope.

35 posted on 02/06/2004 7:02:15 PM PST by zip
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To: ServesURight
"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."

Call the police to arrest whoever is holding a gun to your head and making you come to these threads.
36 posted on 02/06/2004 7:18:00 PM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: Happy2BMe
I envy your strength of character.

Thanks for the kind words.
It was scary at the time, but it was way easier than I thought. Having a 1 year-old( at the time ) gave me motivation.
We did a Nielsen survey for a week. The only entry in the whole week was for a single 30 minute show (A British comedy on PBS).
But I did watch sports occasionally, and weather reports, and news of live events.

I don't miss it a lick nowadays. And my 5-year old son doesn't either.

I don't know if it was strength of character, or just self-preservation...

37 posted on 02/06/2004 9:14:49 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
"I don't know if it was strength of character, or just self-preservation..."

It was both.

Now you read, converse, interact, do things with your hands, think, create, and are able to make your own conclusions. Your son will thank you one day for being able to discern right from wrong and will have the advantage of growing up without his mind being poisoned by the political correctness of Hollyweed.

VCR and DVD players are still nice though. The old Disney movies were great for kids.

Thanks for posting.

38 posted on 02/07/2004 6:52:28 AM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)
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