The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a statement April 12 informing the public that they would be contemplating the allowance of full-frontal nudity and the usage of the F-word on broadcast television.
According to Restoring Liberty, the FCC proposal would allow profanity as long as it is isolated and not repetitive. Nudity would be allowed as long as it is isolated and non-sexual. This means the inappropriate content could only be shown once in an episode.
As a journalist, my standards for censorship are fairly low. I believe the world needs to be informed. I believe privileged Americans need to see the faces of those who are less fortunate.
However, I do believe in protecting the innocence of children — especially since, one day, this will affect my own children.
The FCC would be allowing extremely indecent material during the hours of the day television is most frequently watched by children.
Over the years, the FCC has dramatically lowered its requirements for indecency issues since its founding in the early twentieth century.
The FCC, which in 1927 was known as the Federal Radio Commission, signed the Radio Act.
“No person within the jurisdiction of the United States shall utter any obscene, indecent, or profane language by means of radio communications,” according to the act.
In 1957, Elvis Presley made his final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Due to controversy over his dance moves and the meaning behind his lyrics, the cameramen were instructed to only feature the pop star from the waist .
Now, instead of banning extremely inappropriate content, the FCC is debating if full-frontal nudity should be allowed between 3-7 p.m., — prime television hours for children.
As parents, or future parents, it will be our responsibility to limit or manage the time and quality of the television our children watch.
Should the FCC be allowed to lower decency standards just because “times are a-changing?” Should we let inappropriate content be shown on TV just because it is a societal norm?
“Lowering broadcasting decency standards to reduce the FCC workload seems to be an irresponsible policy proposal that ignores a growing and persistent problem. Giving license to more indecency invites further corrosion of our nation’s character with far-reaching, negative implications for many generations to come,” according to CitzenLink.
It is our responsibility to voice our concerns to prevent inappropriate content from filling our homes.