The FCC and Bad Words

The Federal Communications Commission is entertaining a petition to ban the word “Redskins” on network broadcasts.  The petition was filed by George Washington University Professor John Banzhaf on the grounds that the word causes “physical harm, bullying, and other adverse effects.”  He also called the word  “a derogatory racial and ethnic slur contrary to the public interest.”

Well bless his ever bleeding heart.  Ain’t he the nice guy?

How does the FCC get involved?

The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

So … if the FCC is regulating and if Prof. Banzhaf is so concerned about “a derogatory racial and ethnic slur contrary to the public interest,” then where is the policing of Hip Hop lyrics?  The website posted an article last year titled Average Number of Times Famous Rappers Say Nigga Per Song.” Our overall winner for most occurrences of the word nigga is, without surprise, Jay-Z – Holy Grail.”  The site points out that Jay-Z, music mogul, husband of Beyonce and Presidential BFF used the word nine times in one song.  The number one Rap song in the country at the time. A song broadcast on public radio airwaves.  Airwaves regulated by the FCC.

Of course, the “N” word isn’t the only offensive word favorited by rappers.  There’s the “C” word and the “MF” word.  They also like to wax poetically about rape, beating women, killing cops and consuming illegal drugs.\

But, I guess none of that matters to great minds like that dumb cracker Professor Banzhaf.


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