Saturday, January 26, 2008

Culture Wars

by Ken Houghton

Via Dr. Black, family values at work at the FCC:
The [FCC] said [NYPD Blue] was indecent because "it depicts sexual organs and excretory organs, specifically an adult woman's buttocks."

The agency rejected the network's argument that "the buttocks are not a sexual organ."

Presumably, since NYPD Blue became famous for showing Dennis Franz's naked buttocks (and was not fined for same), the FCC has decided that a woman's buttocks, but not a man's, is a sex organ.

The ramifications of this decision are left as an exercise to the (adult, consenting) reader.

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Several points:

a) I believe that NYPDB became famous for a season opener in which they depicted a naked breast (in silhouette, dimly back-lit, but clearly identifiable as what it was).

b) Fortunately, I did not see the episode with Dennis Franz's buttocks, but I'm just guessing that his were far less sexually attractive than the woman's buttocks at issue (which I also did not see).

c) The FCC was unclear on whether they consider a woman’s buttocks to be a sexual organ or an excretory organ (or both).

d) It is hard to imagine how a pair of large muscle groups could be considered an organ of any kind.

e) The issue appears to be the time of day that the show aired. As I recall, NYPDB used to air at 10:00 pm, but the current FCC complaint appears to refer to something that aired before 10:00 pm.

f) Why do we live in a world where this is even an issue? :)

Re (f), weren't you aware that all the other problems of the world were solved? :)
Hey baby.

I've been a very bad girl. Think I need a spanking?
kibitzer 2006:

a) How do you backlight a naked breast?

b) My vague memory is that there were multiple Franz-buttocks episodes. And that a few others participated as well, once they found out they could get away with it. (Regrettably, none of them was Erin.)

c) The agency rejected the network's argument that "the buttocks are not a sexual organ."

d, f) Quite agreed.

e) Maybe the FCC saw a TiVoed version?

Erin - Probably. But that's between you and The Goat. :-(

"How do you backlight a naked breast?"

Pretty easy:

1) Find a naked woman (that's the only hard part).

2) Place her in a dark room with dim light filtering in from her left (under a door, through window curtains, whatever).

3) Point a camera at her from her right.

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