whudafxup ? ? ? how can the FCC allow that on TV ? ? ?

I curse more than the average guy. I also enjoy crass television shows and enjoyed this week's South Park where Cartman fakes having Tourettes so he can curse with immunity. IMHO, it's the funniest show they've done to date.

My point is that I'm not easily offended by words. At the same time I don't necessarilly want to review the many uses of the word f*** with my 11-year old son.

I've seen ads on TV sponsored by a group named "Whudafxup", referring interested parties to whudafxup.com. Yes, it is pronounced "What the F****'s up". Sponsored by "Truth", this group has a goal of exposing lies told by cigarette manufacturers. Because that goal is so honorable and politically correct they are allowed to use a mispelled version of the word f*** on television commercials? ?

A few years ago Janet Jackson flashed a b00b and the public screamed! Viacom was fined millions for indecency. Now misspelling the word F**** is OK, because it's for the good of society.

That is a lot of bulls***. I've written to the FCC complaining and I hope they get fined millions.

Or maybe I should seize this opportunity to advertise my saloon as a place where you can have a "gr8fuking time"?

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I am sure some people here have heard this mp3 before, but it does a great job in explaining the many English Language uses of the F-word set to nice classical music.


However, if you can't stand to actually hear the word, but feel you may be able to read it then you can click on this link, which is a transcription of above link.


If you can't fathom the use of the word, please excuse me, take my apologies, and for F^&*'s sake don't click on either link:)

The FCC, in it's biased wishy washy flim flam favoritism of Broadcast TV, allows cable channels, after 10pm, an opportunity to exhibit movies and such with nary an edit.

"The watershed (or "safe harbor") for "indecent" programming begins at 10:00pm and ends at 6:00am the next morning (all time zones). However, content that is considered "obscene" (including explicit human sexual intercourse) is never allowed by the FCC rules for broadcast stations. Those content rules only apply to channels broadcast terrestrially and not those only available on cable. Consequently, restricted-access networks (like the premium channels HBO and Showtime and adult channels Playboy TV and Spice) have taken advantage of considerably more leeway in their programming.

Some American television scenes famous for "pushing the envelope" (such as limited nudity on NYPD Blue) were aired in the 10:00pm-11:00pm hour; however, these broadcasts were before the Safe Harbor in the Central and Mountain time zones, where programming scheduled for 10:00pm EST would typically be broadcast starting at 9:00pm (using a one-hour tape delay in Mountain time).

Because the FCC interprets safe harbor times as local time, some network affiliates can be fined for airing an "indecent" program simultaneously with another station whose broadcast is officially at a later time and wouldn't be fined. Such was the case with CBS, whose affiliates were fined USD $3.63 million for a repeat episode of Without a Trace in December 2004. The program was flagged for depicting an orgy involving teenagers. It was televised at 10:00pm in the Eastern and Pacific time zones (within the watershed), but at 9:00pm in Central and Mountain times (outside the watershed). The FCC split its fine among the 111 CBS affiliates covering these time zones. It is still being appealed by those stations"


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