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When Janet Jackson’s nipple made its debut during the 2004 Super Bowl, the FCC slapped her with one of the biggest fines in television history.
But when Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz dropped an F-Bomb on live TV this past weekend, the FCC gave the star slugger a pass, saying, “He spoke from the heart.”
Ortiz wasn’t in a bar or in the team locker room when he uttered his ill-timed expletive. He dropped his F-bomb at crowded Fenway Park in Boston — and millions more on live TV heard him.
Using extremely poor judgment, Ortiz said, “This is our f—— city, and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom.”
But the hypocrites at the FCC sent the message that Ortiz’s “fleeting expletive” was heartfelt and more sincere than other similar incidents by celebrities which drew large fines.
As far as the FCC is concerned, Ortiz is akin to a hero. FCC chairman Julius Genachowsk tweeted on the official FCC Twitter account: “David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston – Julius.”
Julius and the FCC probably won’t be so kind to A.J. Clemente, the news anchor at KFYR, an NBC affiliate based in Bismarck, N.D. Sunday was Clemente’s first day on the job, and his very first words uttered to the people of Bismarck were “F–kin’ s–t.”
Maybe Clemente can convince Julius at the FCC that he spoke from the heart?
Update: KFYR TV fired A.J. Clemente today for his profane utterance on the air.
“Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go,” he tweeted on Monday. “Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity and everyone for the support.”
“Rookie mistake. I’m a free agent.Cant help but laugh at myself and stay positive.Wish i didnt trip over my ‘Freaking Shoes’ out of the gate.”