Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Hide the babies! Someone said a bad word on TV!

Family advocates are revving up against Fox Television and NASCAR after a driver's crew chief uttered the S-word during a nationally broadcast race Sunday.

The obscene word was aired during a car-to-crew conversation between driver Martin Truex, Jr. and his crew chief, Kevin Manion, at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

A frustrated Manion told his driver, "We missed the set-up today. It (the car) was a piece of s---." (To hear the audio, click here)

That's from WorldNetDaily. The "family advocates" who are worked up about this are Donald Wildmon's American Family Association and the Family Policy Network, which is affiliated with the AFA. They have petition drives going and will probably inspire the FCC to issue fines in excess of what you'd pay if you ran a coal mine and permitted safety lapses that killed someone.

I think I'm most upset at this, from the WND story:

A March 15 ruling by the FCC declared: "The 'S-word' is a vulgar excretory term so grossly offensive to members of the public that it amounts to a nuisance and is presumptively profane. Like the 'F-word,' it is one of the most offensive words in the English language, the broadcast of which is likely to shock the viewer and disturb the peace and quiet of the home."

That's not some attention-seeking right-wing preacher talking -- that's your government.

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