lish said:
they just said “fucking” on cbs!

“hannibal” is on, & the the italian inspector guy tells someone to “wash your fucking hands”

but it sounds like “wahz yah fuhh keeng hans” & they didn’t bleep it. HAHAHHA YOU FUCKED UP <clap clap clapclap clap>

i replied:
I believe, if memory serves, that this use of the word “fucking” is the same manner in which Bono used the word during his award show speech. The FCC subsequently ruled that it was not obscene speech to use the word “fucking” as long as it did not refer to the act of intercourse.

lish said:
i seriously doubt that “fucking” the adjective is acceptable use.

I replied:
From LawMeme: “According to this decision (Complaints Against Various Broadcast Licensees Regarding Their Airing of the Golden Globe Awards Program [PDF]), the use of the word “fuck” as an adjective in the phrase “this is really, really, fucking brilliant” by the performer Bono during the last Golden Globe Awards is neither indecent nor obscene. Here is the key paragraph:

As a threshold matter, the material aired during the “Golden Globe Awards” program does not describe or depict sexual and excretory activities and organs. The word “fucking” may be crude and offensive, but, in the context presented here, did not describe sexual or excretory organs or activities. Rather, the performer used the word “fucking” as an adjective or expletive to emphasize an exclamation. Indeed, in similar circumstances, we have found that offensive language used as an insult rather than as a description of sexual or excretory activity or organs is not within the scope of the Commission’s prohibition of indecent program content.

She never posted my final reply.  Perhaps she’s just busy.

Why am I saying this?  It’s not often I get to correct Lish.  She’s right almost all the time.  I have to take my victories where I can get ’em.


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