PTC Calls on FCC to Take Action on Unedited F-word During the Super Bowl Broadcast

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February 4th, 2013

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PTC Calls on FCC to Take Action on Unedited F-word During the Super Bowl Broadcast

LOS ANGELES (February 4, 2013) – Today, the Parents Television Council is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to take action against CBS for the airing of an unedited f-word during last night’s Super Bowl broadcast. Following the defeat of the 49ers, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco exclaimed the f-word on a live broadcast and CBS failed to catch it.

“Despite empty assurance after empty assurance from the broadcast networks that they would never air indecent material, especially during the Super Bowl, it has happened again,” said PTC president Tim Winter.

“No one should be surprised that a jubilant quarterback might use profane language while celebrating a career-defining win, but that is precisely the reason why CBS should have taken precautions. Joe Flacco’s use of the f-word, while understandable, does not absolve CBS of its legal obligation to prevent profane language from being broadcast – especially during something as uniquely pervasive as the Super Bowl. The instance was aired live across the country, and before the FCC’s designated ‘Safe Harbor’ time everywhere but along the East Coast.

“Now nine years after the infamous Janet Jackson incident, the broadcast networks continue to have ‘malfunctions’ during the most-watched television event of the year, and enough is enough. After more than four years of inaction on broadcast decency enforcement, the FCC must step up to its legal obligation to enforce the law, or families will continue to be blindsided,” concluded Winter.


The Parents Television Council® (®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

  • Matt

    Amazing how they’ll call out this and not Beyonce’s pole dancing (sans pole)

  • Ethan

    These people are even more annoying than PETA if that’s even possible

  • RJ

    How the hell would anyone catch that? Even further, what kid would know?

  • Rebecca

    Ha! I don’t know many people who were watching after the game ended anyway so they wouldn’t have seen the F-bomb – that’s when we all change the channels or turn off the TV. I don’t watch Elementary but I felt bad for it with the power outage delaying the game for so long.

  • Tyson

    I heard it. Flacco told a teammate winning was “f’ing awesome.” I knew there’d be trouble.

  • Jimbo

    Oh no, someone who was really excited dropped an F-Bomb on TV and it didn’t get censored. I’m sure no one’s ever heard that word before.

  • Dan S

    Oh shock, hide the children & block all channels asap.

  • Esaul

    Most parents say a lot worse around their kids. Need the FCC for them not CBS.

  • Fake Me Out

    The PTC should merge with the NRA so they can keep America safe from swearing by shooting anyone who drops a F-bomb on live TV.

    The majority of Americans who reside neither on the loony left nor the batsh@t crazy right need to make their voices heard in Congress and with the FCC to stomp down on both the NRA & PTC who are nothing more than the shrill voices of a crazy minority … talk about the squeaky wheel getting the oil, geez.

  • Miranda Rex

    Hey PTC, today is not December 19425, 1959 it is February 4, 2013 and quit living in the 1950s by staying in your fallout shelter.

  • Nifty

    I thought the Supreme Court said uncontrollable language couldn’t be fined, is that not true?

  • Meanie

    The PTC are annoying. When are ppl gonna start raising there kids and stop blaming TV for raising there kids. Last I checked TV didn’t birth your child so why should they have to raise your child.

    Until the PTC can mind there business & raise there kids. As a NATION we are gonna ask ya to have several seats.

  • PTCNeedsaRealityCheck

    Anyone who is a member of the Parents Television Council should be sterilized. Anyone who has a problem with their kid hearing a word is not fit to raise a cat, let alone another person.

    The PTC should spend some time on an elementary school playground, give them a reality check.

    Why do media outlets give this group the time of day? This isn’t a bunch of normal people looking out for children, the small amount of idiots who make up this group are the weirdos who home school their kids, dress them like polygamists, and don’t let them even utter a word to the opposite sex until they reach 18. The only reason their campaigns are successful (like the SKINS boycott) is because the media gives them attention. If the media ignored this group like they do all the other crazy groups nobody would even know the PTC exists.

  • Jay

    @Fake Me Out

    Your not funny

  • whiplash1972

    The F word? OMG…. the horror… the horror.

    Seriously though, we continued watching after the game had ended, and much like Janet Jackson’s nipple years ago, we missed Flacco’s swear because there was so much noise and commotion in the room. Probably only a handful of people even heard it last night.

  • vincentdante

    The PTC is a joke at this point. I’m still trying to figure out why they haven’t had scrutiny from the IRS over their non-profit status. The PTC has about as much authenticity as the leadership of that Westboro bunch.

  • Daw Johnson

    Pretty sure there’s no actionable offense associated with a “fleeting obscenity.”

  • Tom

    The Super Bowl is a program that kids are likely to watch. Granted, most of them know all the obscenities. But, there’s a general consensus that it’s impolite to utter vulgarities in polite company. Moreover, it’s pretty clear that most people expect sports broadcasting events to be a “safe zone” in which foul language won’t be spoken. If Flacco is too inarticulate to express himself appropriately, the NFL should fine him a few thousand bucks as a reminder to think before he speaks.

  • ATXCountry

    What happen to the delay? Flacco was caught up in the moment and his conversation with another teammate was picked up….this was not a response to an interview question. The whole point of the delay is to catch slip ups like these. Who in the broadcast booth missed this?

  • Jt

    I really doubt most that watch any life event see it as a safe zone if anything maybe Cbc should have had a 5 second delay and no Flacco should not be fined that would be a sad day.

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