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.

  • Jacob

    Does anyone really care, besides the PTC. I mean it’s not like we haven’t heard people swear before.

  • Tom

    @ Nifty If we’re talking about the same thing, all the Supreme Court did was to rule that the FCC couldn’t fine TV broadcasters who air obscenity or nudity during daytime hours. The ruling didn’t effect the current obscenity laws. It merely states that they need to be clearly defined in non-arbitrary language by the FCC.

    BTW, I am impressed by the lengths to which some posters will go to avoid the generally know fact that using the F word in public isn’t acceptable. Try it in a classroom, business meeting, church service, government or judicial hearing, etc. I attend a lot of baseball games and, not infrequently, the ushers will caution fans about cussing. Whatever occurs on the field is beyond earshot, so I don’t typically worry about it. However, Flacco knew that he was surrounded by microphones and should have watched his language.

  • Lon

    The American populace is becoming a nation of filthy sewer rats, comprised of selfish and crude morons who could care less who they offend. Our atmosphere is filled with prevailing stench whether it’s Biden speaking to Obama, or from TV studios, Hollywood, the music industry, or found in grade schools or public places. Words such as civilized and respect have been replaced with animalistic and insolence.

  • herpderp

    It’s just a word. Get over it.

  • tim_m

    In other countries you see and hear much worse on basic tv. So get over it!

  • Tom

    @ Tim Other countries? Care to name any? And what would that prove anyway? If you’re proposing that we emulate some other country’s customs and morals, you’re on your own. The PTC is coming off a minor victory after joining forces with some others to keep that no-name rapper and his concubines off the air. If anyone fees like continuing to empower the PTC then the best way to do that would be to shrug off this incident as indicative of something everyone purportedly does.

  • herpderp

    “Omg! They said a bad, bad word! Crucify those sinful heathens!”

  • The Super S

    God. The fact that there are people alone that likely watch stuff like this, just so that they can call the FCC to censor.

    I’m relatively conservative, and even I’m ashamed at people like the PTC, I’m pretty sure every kid knows what the F-word is.

  • tim_m

    Many European countries like the UK allow it as long as its after a certain time. Also, Canada you’re allowed to show nudity during the day as long as its non sexual.

  • andri

    Flacco was exerting hid 1st amendment. rights. the blackout was an actuated issue.

  • tim_m

    Also, countries like Australia and New Zealand would air stuff like the Sopranos on regular tv completely unedited. America is just too uptight and sensitive.

  • Spartacus 666

    The word that should be banned is God, the most evil word ever invented and to more deaths can be attributed to than anything else. Grow a brain people, look around you and realize we are alone. No kid on this planet will ever be changed , scarred or affected with obscenities but they sure will be when it’s lies about any kind of deity . Enough ignorance and stupidity you stupid retards.

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