Taboos on a religiously uptight America

Oh, come on. $1.4 mil fine for showing on TV a woman’s bottom. What the hell is the big deal about it? Why should we be ashamed of our bodies and think of these parts as unethical or shocking? I don’t find them shocking. I just find them better looking and thinner than mine.

Just 15 years ago David Caruso flashed his ass on primetime national TV, and no one got fined. Here’s the irony about it: ABC is fined because of this scene on a 2003 “NYPD:Blue” episode. The picture I link above with Caruso’s ass, is ALSO from “NYPD:Blue”, from a 1993 episode. And yet, no one got fined back then.

If this country doesn’t go backwards about this whole nudity thing, I don’t know what is.

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Atheist wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 3:05 AM PST:

What does that have to do with Religion? I’m an atheist and I certainly don’t think it’s appropriate for TV.


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Eugenia wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 3:11 AM PST:

Having a bottom or a crotch or breasts on TV at 10 PM that NYPD:Blue used to broadcast, is no big deal — there was no sex scene in there. An ass is just a piece of meat. Just like your thigh, just more round, sometimes as hairy. This sexual-based taboo does not make any sense to me. If “gross” is the reason of your outrage instead, then people should always cover their noses and ears too.

Besides, NYPD:Blue is not a show that an 8 year old would watch. A 13 year old probably would. But at that age he has probably already started masturbating and so trying to hide an ass from him/her is just plain pretentious and stupid. This doesn’t mean a teenager should have access to hardcore porn, but viewing tits and ass on an otherwise normal TV series, is just not that big of a deal!

Besides, walking on the bathroom while someone else is having a bath and you didn’t know about it (this was the scene that ABC was fined for), it HAPPENS all the time. It has happened to me 2-3 times. I didn’t got shocked, I didn’t got traumatized. And depicting this phenomenon that happens all the time to people on a drama, is normal. Big fucking deal. We saw an ass on 10 PM on TV. Like we’ve never seen an ass before.

As for religion, read more carefully the intended pun: “religiously uptight”, not “religious and uptight”. There was a reason why I wrote it this way.


memsom wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 3:18 AM PST:

In the UK, we have a 9pm watershed. Nothing prior to that is supposed to be inappropriate for minors. Having said that, this would not have been an issue in this country. Scifi Channel show Dark Angel at 7am at the moment.. Dark Angel was released on DVD as a 15 certificate. One of the characters said “pissed” at 7am the other morning.. technically, this is illegal.

They show “That 70’s show” and “Everybody Hates Chris” a lot on the Paramount Comedy Channel too. They “white noise” expleetives and questionable words.

UK TV is thought of as Prudish in the scheme of things within Eurpope too.


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Eugenia wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 3:20 AM PST:

> One of the characters said “pissed” at 7am the other morning.. technically, this is illegal.

Yeah. Like pissing is not the *first thing* people do when they wake up at 7 AM. 😛
If anything, it will subconsciously instruct your brain: “dude, go pee instead of watching TV at this time in the morning”.


jeff wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 6:25 AM PST:

They are teaching Americans that sex is worse than violence. I agree with her on this. Anyone who doesn’t think its a little odd that we’ve all seen more violence than sex acts needs a head check. In Europe, they consider violence to be worse than sex acts on TV. The heads of the MPAA, btw, are registered Republicans.


Thom Holwerda wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 6:30 AM PST:

Nobody can do anything about this sort of thing in this country. You can show whatever you want, whenever you want – yes, even porn on normal channels.

The channels themselves do have a gentlemen’s agreement to not show any sex before… 2100 or 2200.


Brendan wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 6:49 AM PST:

I love the idea that people think something like showing an ass is inappropriate for TV.
I would argue that most tv is inappropraite for minors and espically the material that is so censored and not true to real life that it is actually deemed appropraite.

Take TV adverts and product placement; wake up people, someone showing their ass or gentials is not bad, it’s actually natural. Marketing crap to kids is bad! Letting them watch biased and incorrect ‘news’ is bad.

Lying is bad not asses or swearing!!

– Thanks for having this topic on your blog – this place is a little island of reason in a mad world 🙂


exprov wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 7:01 AM PST:

The thing is, if they allowed gratuitous nudity on broadcast TV, then that’s all there would be. Every football team would have topless cheerleaders. In America, we rarely do anything in moderation.

I also think it’s a bit over the top to think it has anything to do with religion. It’s more about leveling the playing field for women of various ages, etc.


Jacob Munoz wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 9:05 AM PST:

I was watching The Colbert Report a few days ago and Leonard Nimoy was the guest (yes, Spock). He was on the show to promote his new photo book which subject matter was ‘larger-than-average’ nude women taking poses from classical paintings. He made an excellent point that his book would be a very positive message to American girls (especially ‘larger’ girls) to show them that they are still beautiful even though TV and society in general cast female role models as unrealistically skinny. It wasn’t pornographic, but they still had to ‘black-box’ the pictures for TV – do we really need to do this to art? They made fun of this type of thing in the Simposons, but does Michelangelo’s David need to wear pants now? The television is not a baby-sitter, if you think YOUR (emphasis on Y-O-U-R) kids are watching someting they shouldn’t, do what real parents do – make them go to bed, or do homework, or the millions of other un-fun things parents can come up with, it’s not difficult. Be a parent, not a whiny little child..


exprov wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 9:41 AM PST:

Of course, one wonders why a country with a First Amendment has a regulatory agency named “Federal Communications Commission” in the first place.


Thom Holwerda wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 10:14 AM PST:

Be a parent, not a whiny little child..

Bingo.


Anna wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 11:40 AM PST:

Seems someone out there either had nothing better to do or was a tad paranoid. We got a full-length back view of David Caruso coming out of the shower on NYPD Blue back in the 90s and no one had kittens. I quite enjoyed it. There were also quite a few scenes with female rears being bounced about or stroked by him and as they were a logical part of the scene/story line, it was no big deal.


Anna wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 11:43 AM PST:

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. I saw my dad nude accidentally the first time when I was about 5 and I thought nothing of it and couldn’t understand why he was in such a hurry to rush me out of the bathroom. I wasn’t traumatized, shocked, corrupted, etc. I can’t vouch for Dad though.


mikesum32 wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 5:10 PM PST:

The FCC is a bunch of fascist anyway. Most Americans are against them. A very small, but vocal minority does all the complaining. The rules only apply to anything broadcast over the air, like radio and tv, but not to anything on cable or satellite.


Michael wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 6:59 PM PST:

It is funny how they always were saying that U.S. of A. is not a Communist dictatorship, but rather a democracy and a Land of Free. Those who haven’t been to a Communist country would be shocked after finding out how the systems are/were alike (well, aside of free enterprise system).


Jim wrote on February 21st, 2008 at 8:38 PM PST:

It is funny thing, my mom was a dress designer that loved to go nude around the house and dressing was like a religious ritual and so my sister who turned 57 yesturday and still looks great and I have no qualms about nudity, it was not a big deal and our doctor father really loved the human body, the fact is most houses are not like mine growing up and I raised 3 girls but I never was as free about nudity as my parents were, just to make my daughters comfortable, anyway I think that nudity is attractive element for TV and that they gain audience by doing so and think the answer is the market place, if there was less stress about being naked on tv on on the beach, I think the market place would sort it out, if the USA turns off shows with nudity or turns it on, that will be the deciding factor.


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