I have this list of things I plan to do in the past if time travel’s ever invented, and one of them (not a major goal, it’s way down at the bottom of the list, but it’s there) is tell Janet Jackson “keep your damned clothes on. It’s not that pretty and it sure as hell isn’t worth the trouble it’s going to cause.”
Until then, however, we’re stuck with those laws Congress passed nearly a month ago to keep us safe from naughty words and images. I’m referring to the television indecency law that gives the FCC power to fine TV or radio broadcasters up to $325,000 any time anything naughty gets aired.
You’ve already heard the arguments about how this is detrimental to free speech and the First Amendment and everything else. But here’s one I hadn’t heard before. I found it in the East Hartford (CT) edition of the Reminder Community News. It’s a letter to the editor, although because of the horrible Flash animation on the site I can’t link to it directly.
Bucks A Must
It’s in the news. President Bush has signed “Indecency Legislation” into law, making it possible for TV and radio broadcasters to be fined up to $325,000 per incident of showing indecent nudity or broadcasting raunchy language. However, cable and satellite companies are exempt! This is discrmination against poor people. This is just absolutely unfair! Why should those who can afford cable or satellite be able to watch nudity and we poor people cannot? The Supreme Court ought to shoot this one down right now. I cannot believe this is happening in this land of the free! Only if you got the big bucks is it free!
Damn right! Preach it, brother! (Not that I have any interest in pornography. Most women don’t. But this is a matter of principle, dammit. If you guys want pornography it's none of the government's damned business, although it is a good idea to hide your porn before you invite a woman over.) You want to talk about indecency, let’s talk about how America’s laws continually hurt the poor.