Written by Jack Walzer and Joey Martino
There are many regulations placed on TV providers in order to prohibit indecency. Most networks are censored and often have a few second delay when recording live. Similar to movies, networks have a TV rating in order to know the intended audience, and to have content that is age appropriate for that audience.
The FCC enforces TV ratings in order to regulate what TV providers show, and who views their content. The ratings are :
- TV-G (General Audience)
- TV-PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- TV-14 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- TV-MA (Mature Audience Only)
During the Super Bowl in 2004, Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction during the halftime show.
This happened during a live recording and was aired to millions of people around the world. One of the major problems with this incident is that the Super Bowl is a family friendly game. Millions of friends and families, including children, saw this slip up during a game that was rated G. This broke many of the regulations that are enforced by the FCC.
Another incident that is similar to Janet Jackson’s is when Joe Flacco dropped an F-bomb after the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013.
This incident also happened on live TV and was aired to millions of people world wide. This also breaks regulations by the FCC that prohibit fowl language on certain TV ratings. Most people can understand where Joe Flacco is coming from however the TV network still broke multiple regulations in the process.
The future for indecency on TV is similar to the present. Most TV networks won’t have a mature rating and parents are still going to want to censor what their children see. As TV switches gears and becomes primarily on the internet, children are going to see whatever they want to see. As for now, the FCC does a fine job of censoring TV for indecency.