The FCC Just Announced Its Verdict On The Colbert Controversy

The FCC Just Announced Its Verdict On The Colbert Controversy

 

BY BRIAN TYLER COHEN  

PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2017
 
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The FCC has announced that it will not pursue punishment over Stephen Colbert’s controversial joke about Donald Trump.

In a statement, the FCC explained:

“Consistent with standard operating procedure, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has reviewed the complaints and the material that was the subject of these complaints. The Bureau has concluded that there was nothing actionable under the FCC’s rules.”

The material in question occurred during Colbert’s May 1st episode of The Late Show, in which the late night host said of Trump, “The only thing his mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c-ck holster.”

 
 

Tonight: Stephen tells the President everything journalists, restrained by their dignity, wish they could say. #LSSC

 

 

The FCC announced that they received more than 5,700 complaints about the joke, including concerns about “indecency, hate speech and homophobia.”

Broadcast attorney David Oxenford published a blog post explaining why Colbert’s comment would most likely pass the FCC’s indecency test:

“A television program like that in question here is never going to be found obscene — the words describing the specific sexual act itself was bleeped out of the broadcast, the description was not designed to appeal to prurient interests (sexual interests — it was not delivered in such an explicit way as to appeal solely to sexual interest), and it did have social significance — it was delivered in a politically motivated statement. Under these circumstances, the extremely rigorous obscenity test simply would not be met.”

While the far-right media has tried to make a mountain out of a molehill with regard to Colbert’s joke, today’s verdict rightly shows that the comedian was well within his limits. It probably didn’t hurt either that there was a degree of accuracy to his statement.

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Comments (11)

  1. Neighsayer

    I fucking LOVED that joke. Like where Putin keeps his cock when he’s NOT using it – something extra special super number one tiger power funny about that. Magnifique.

    May 24, 2017
    1. GoldenPig2012

      I thought it was hilarious. Racy, but hilarious.

      May 25, 2017
      1. Neighsayer

        it’s just so messed up! Trumps gob is a place only fit for dicks – but not for sex, either. Only soft dicks. Damn.

        May 25, 2017
        1. GoldenPig2012

          Oh, honey……….politicians are just people times 100. Imperfect, mistake-laden, etc. Politicians put themselves out there for others to VOTE for……………..sometimes they win, sometimes they lose.

          May 25, 2017
        2. GoldenPig2012

          That’s…………..yuck.

          June 02, 2017
          1. Neighsayer

            I know, but it’s stuck in my head. Putin’s going about his day, wearing his Trump’s head chastity belt or something, he sees something or has an erotic thought and starts to get aroused, so he has to pull it out of Trump’s gob and find somewhere nice to put it. Then after, when it’s down and drippy again, he can put it away again.

            If Colbert knew he was putting all of that shit in my head, I’m sure he would have reconsidered.

            Sorry. Fucking gross LOL.

            June 02, 2017
            1. GoldenPig2012

              Well, you have a GREAT imagination. But, truth is, what you think or feel about what is going on in the world right now is NOT the “fault” of another. Blame being assigned is useless. Honey, many more have gone through so much before we ever came along………………..put shit in perspective.

              June 02, 2017
          2. Neighsayer

            don’t know what you’re talking about, but sure . . .

            June 02, 2017
  2. Munkyman

    My only issue is that IF Rush had made the same joke about Obama & some Muslim leader, he’d have almost certainly gotten a fine… maybe even charged with some sort of hate crime.

    May 24, 2017
    1. Neighsayer

      pffft. Liar. Still.

      May 24, 2017
  3. GoldenPig2012

    Ha Ha ha Ha Ha Ha…………………GOOD!

    May 24, 2017