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Name: Parents Television Council
Occupation: right-winged media advocacy group
Last Seen: Alexandra, VA
Bee-otched For: giving the 1st Amendment the finger
Yep, I knew it would happen.
Last Sunday, millions around the world watched the biggest spectacle in sports: the 46th Super Bowl. As usual, they had to give us a halftime show nobody would ever soon forget, and they were right.
Yes, I sat through Madonna's open-leg-infested mini-concert, which was loaded with cameos from LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, Cee-Lo Green and making a big comeback, M.I.A. Remember M.I.A.? She was the Sri Lankin chick who gave us the tune "Paper Planes" from a few years back. You know? It was the tune with the chorus "All I wanna do is (gunshot blasts) and (cash register sound) and take your money." That tune was everywhere. Well, she disappeared for a while, and she told the world that she was back during the halftime show...
...By flipping everybody the bird.
If you've been hiding under a rock, here's the dilly-o: during the Halftime show, Madonna performed her latest hit, "Give Me Your Luvin'" and during the song, M.I.A. did a rap. At the end of her part, up went her finger. Apparently, the NBC censor didn't hit the delay in time, and millions of Americans got to see M.I.A.'s finger followed with a wide shot of the stage with a split second of the whole screen getting blurred.
Not long after the end of the big game, NBC and the NFL both apologized for the M.I.A. Bird, and yes, they ended up pointing fingers at each other. NBC claimed that it was the NFL's fault because they booked the artists, but the NFL cried that NBC had to do their job to censor any material that will offend.
Say no more, here's the Parents Television Council!
Yep! The PTC's president, Tim Winter released a statement on the organization's website:
“NBC fumbled and the NFL lied because a performer known as M.I.A. felt it necessary to flip off millions of families. It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer.
“Last week the NFL formally told the PTC – and the American public – that the Super Bowl halftime show would be ‘appropriate.’ Most families would agree that the middle finger aimed directly at them is not appropriate, especially during the most-watched television event of the year.
“The mechanism NBC had in place to catch this type of material completely failed, and the network cannot say it was caught off guard. It has been eight years since the Janet Jackson striptease, and both NBC and the NFL knew full well what might happen. They chose a lineup full of performers who have based their careers on shock, profanity and titillation. Instead of preventing indecent material, they enabled it. M.I.A. used a middle finger shamelessly to bring controversial attention to herself, while effectively telling an audience filled with children, ‘F–you.’
“A simple apology rings hollow after yet another slap in the face to families, especially when NBC has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that it should be allowed to air all manner of indecent material at any time of day, even when children are watching.
“Either the NFL and NBC will take immediate steps to hold those accountable for this offensive material in front of a hundred million Americans, or they will feebly sit back and do nothing. The nation – and the PTC – is watching.”
Tim WinterBear in mind that it was the PTC who made things worse for Janet Jackson when Justin Timberlake yanked off her bustier during the 2004 Halftime show. The FCC received some 3,000 complaints regarding the performance and slammed CBS with a fine. Now, the Supreme Court is close to revealing their verdict on the situation. So far, the courts have ruled against the FCC, especially since nudity isn't really considered indecency.
President, Parents Television Council
Because of right-winged assholes like the PTC, American television is still way behind that of other nations. Fuck, 1970's soap operas from Australia have naked boobs! Full-frontal nudity's all over British telly! Why do people here in America hate nudity? Simple: the religious reich has scared Americans into thinking that sex is bad. Period. They have money, and since in their minds they're best buds with Jebus, they tell people that they're in front of the line to get into Heaven when they kick the bucket. OK, name me a word in the Bible that's considered "inappropriate". Thought so.
Look. Ya wanna know where I learned the middle finger? It's not from a movie, and it's not from a TV show or even a song. I learned to flip the bird.... AT SCHOOL! It was in the 4th Grade, and my teacher was out of the room. Some fellow student was harassing me, and another student told me to flip that person the bird. I didn't know what it was, and when my teacher came back, I was snitched on, and was whisked away to the principal. I remember even asking why I was in trouble, and they didn't tell me. I had to give the teacher a written apology.
So, after reading about my sad little melee, do you think that the PTC will go to our nation's elementary schools to scream at kids for swearing? I think not. As a matter of fact, I learned other swears at school.
The PTC has to realize a few things: 1) they're not even popular. They only have 12,000 *alleged* members! Christ, there's more people in my old hometown of Traverse City, MI - considered a "small town" - than PTC members! And 2) if people want "family friendly" TV, what happened to the PAX Network? Sorry, but America has spoken. Most parents swear in front of their kids as-is, and a lot of it's because most Americans speak two languages: English and profanity.
In the end, the PTC is nothing more than a group of well-to-do white folks who don't care about the average American. This is 2012, not 1952. When the planes hit the World Trade towers, they weren't going "aw, gee whiz", "shucks" or "gosh darn it!" Instead, they were yelling "WHAT THE FUCK?!?!", "HOLY FUCKIN' SHIT!" and "JESUS CHRIST, YOU SON OF A BITCH!" Real Christians give their money to help the poor, not other wealthy cocksuckers.
If I were M.I.A., I would be shooting the PTC and taking their money. Howard, get the hose.
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