It's ok.....unless it's not
In honor of Veteran's Day, ABC had planned to show Saving Private Ryan. However, several ABC affiliates have chosen not to air the movie, fearing repercussions from the FCC. Is this a joke?
A spokesperson from the FCC said that they had received inquiries asking if showing the film would violate some of their indecency "rules". Her response is the best part of all of this:
She said the FCC could not make a pre-broadcast decision because "that would be censorship" but that if they get complaints they'll act on it.
So let me get this straight,
ABC rep: Hi, we here at our local ABC affiliate are wondering if its ok to show Acadamy Award winning Saving Private Ryan, since, you know, Janet Jackson's boob fell out during the Super Bowl.
FCC rep: Yes her boob did fall out, and it destroyed American values. We therefore have decided to fine people for things we find indecent after the fact.
ABC rep: So is it ok to show the movie then?
FCC rep: If I tell you no, I would be violating your constitiutional rights and censoring your station.
ABC rep: Ok, so we can play it?
FCC rep: I'll tell you what, since I can't tell you whether or not to play it, you make the decision and we'll fine you or not fine you later, depending on whether or not your uneducated neighbor watched and got offended because he didn't feel like changing the channel.