The Second Circuit ruled against the FCC and its attempt to fine ABC $1.4 million for showing actress actress Charlotte Ross nude in a scene of the TV show “NYPD Blue”.
In overturning the citation, the court said the FCC’s “indecency policy” violated First Amendment rights and was constitutionally vague.
As we know, the FCC is the branch of the federal government in charge of making television safe for children by ensuring it never targets an audience above the third grade.
The Parents Television Council, condemned the decision:
“Once again the Second Circuit has proclaimed that it knows better than the Supreme Court, the Congress, the FCC, and the overwhelming majority of the American people. Regardless of one’s political viewpoint – left, center or right – this may well be the most egregious example of ‘legislating from the bench’ that our Federal Court system has ever witnessed,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
Mr. Winter apparently doesn’t understand that most children have only two parents and raising them is not the fucking responsibility of “the overwhelming majority of the American People”. One of the problems with democracy is that people think it can be used as a hammer to forge everyone into conformance with one social standard as determined by the loudest of moral crusaders. Guess what. Mr Winter. No one’s kid suffered irreparable brain damage at the sight of Charlotte Ross’s ass. In fact, their lives were probably enriched by it.
I found the clip on youtube last night, so if I remember when I get home, I’ll add it to this post. For the record, Charlotte Ross has a damn nice ass.
[UPDATE 1/6/11] I couldn’t find any clips without some added commentary, but this shows the essentials