Evidently, when the FCC says it is . . . I mean, isn’t.
A couple of weeks ago (okay, so MRP isn’t totally on top of this one), the FCC ruled on some pending cases regarding the use of curse words. It upheld two cases and dismissed two.
As someone who thought that most people missed the actual problem with the infamous wardrobe malfunction (Justin Timberlake bearing a fraction of the backlash Janet J. received), MRP is interested to see where this goes. What interests MRP about this are two things: one is I was brought up to think these words were ALL indecent so what makes some curse words okay and others not? Two, the two cases still considered indecent regard the use of the f-word, which is apparently controversial. A 1993 case resulted in the FCC deciding that, where the f-word is concerned, context matters. In 1994, they reversed themselves to say that the f-word is always indecent.
It amuses MRP to imagine the stuffed shirts at the FCC parsing the meaning of the f-word, though.