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

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February 4th, 2013

via press release:

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.

  • Tom&PTCNeedaRealityCheck

    Fine him for saying a word? Wow.

    If you don’t want your kids to hear the word, too bad, it’s a word, get over it.

  • rob60990

    Lol the PTC get more and more pathetic. Beyonce should have flashed us a boob. ;)

  • James

    PTC are obviously very sensitive. Anyone who thinks that something like that was avoidable is stupid. The Ravens’ players were obviously going to be happy having won the Super Bowl, and 10 times out of 10, that will include swearing! PTC need to get over themselves.

  • Moses Reepe

    Would all of the living, breathing members of the Parents Television Council please stand up. Thank you. Now, how long have the 10 of you been members of the Taliban?

    The PTC represents a VERY small number of people, and DOES NOT speak for the majority of the the public broadcast television viewing citizens of the United States of America.

    In this particular situation, it was a football game. The television crew happened to record a candid conversation. No harm. No Foul. Except by the PTC of course.

  • John_M

    I call on intelligent people to stop paying attention to the PTC

    Trolls – in all forms – only live if they are fed

  • John_M

    I find it fascinating how uptight this country continues to be regarding television versus countries like the UK

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    They were watching and listening for the press it would generate for them.

  • jessica

    Has the PTC and FCC come to censor this site too? Seems not censoring one’s self in mocking the press release has the comment go to the spam. Damn.

  • Bob

    The dumbest thing about the PTC is they bring attention to the thing they don’t like to begin with. For example, that whole Janet Jackson situation. Had they not said anything, NOBODY would have noticed and went on You Tube by the droves to see the shot. Same with the F word last night. I certainly didn’t notice it and most Americans most likely didn’t, but now that these idiots brought awareness to it, I am sure that the You Tube moment will be watched by many teen agers and others. What a group of idiots!!!!!

  • The Yipster

    There are much bigger problems going on in the world than a quarterback using the f-word on live broadcast! It’s not like he used the word during an interview! Good grief, who gives a shi–….oh hang on a sec. I just received a text message from a PTC representative…apparently they filed a law suit against me for almost using the s-word on the internet. Damn…I hope Flacco doesn’t suffer the same fate!

  • James

    Such hateful dialogue here.

    CBS was irresponsible, bottom line.

  • Carigis

    PTC is so annoying. Crawl back under your rock. Big deal.. Someone used the most versatile word in the English language.. Who cares.

  • Lonnie Gleason

    @ Tom, are you on drugs?? Sports are “Safe Zones”? Ever watch Tiger hit a bad shot? or A-Rod strike out? that’s all you see( usually you lip read) is Foul language..Sports if full of the F-word, and actually so is LIFE.

  • Sab G

    Some people just have too much time on their hands.

  • Steve

    Oh, they need to get over themselves.

  • Aeiouy

    F the ptc.

    By the way why do people for the ptc keep saying “the f word”. That is no different then using the word and they are saying it to all the media. They are saying the f word ten thousands times to complain about it once.

    Rename them the FPTC.

  • Chris

    It seems as if the PTC wants to censor television entirely. Get over it. Things like this happen. You simply don’t expect it.

  • Jane

    Why were their kids up so late on a Sunday night?

  • Fake Me Out

    I agree with the posters who say the PTC should be ignored and I therefore call on the boys (and now gals) of TVbtN to lead the way and announce they will no longer post press releases by the PTC … it’s just a release, no one is obliged to publish it online, in print or on the air … c’mon on guys, take a stand against the loonies and stand up for the vast majority of Yanks who inhabit the centerish lands of reasonableness.

  • JulieDawn


    Pot, Kettle? Geez that’s laughable coming from you.

    Granted you don’t swear when you are railing against a particular show, but you can be particularly nasty in giving your opinion on a fan’s (perceived) lifestyle, or an actress’s looks.

    And as far as I’m concerned, deliberately making unwarranted, cruel statements about anyone you don’t even know is MUCH worse than a ‘bad’ word inadvertently being broadcast.

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