The legendary Red Sox hurler used the F-bomb heard ’round the world when he uttered, “This is our f—— city, and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom.” The FCC had been getting cranky about what it calls “fleeting expletive,” but not this time.
…on Saturday, no one beeped out Mr. Ortiz – known to Bostonians as “Big Papi.” And within the hour, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski had taken to Twitter to say that was just fine.
As Michael Harrison, publisher of the talk radio industry Bible, Talkers, notes:
“Regardless of the highly subjective ‘fleeting expletive’ criteria, Genachowski has changed the nature of ‘fuck’ forever as a forbidden word through the legal power of precedents. I can remember when words like ‘hell,’ ‘damn,’ ‘bitch,’ ’piss’ and even ‘suck’ were broadcast no-no’s. Now you hear them regularly and very few even raise an eyebrow. The English language, as we all know, is an organic, changing system of communication…as is the concept of ‘community standards.’ So, we have witnessed the wheel turn another click in this regard with the chairman’s pronouncement. The big daddy of dirty words has been demoted to secondary status on the filth chart – sort of like ‘shit’ – and can be used under the right subjective circumstances to express politically correct outrage. Whatever are we going to do now? We need a new forbidden word to take its place!”