Free Speech, Howard Stern, FCC & Etc.

Here’s another guy who I personally can no longer listen to, but whom I respect for Fighting the Fight.

Howard Stern set out from loserville nothing with a driving passion to be the highest rated radio talkshow host ever.

It’s good to have goals. You might get somewhere.

I listened to Stern for about 2 months with I was 19, fascinated at the idea that women were so eager to hop around naked on his show and have him and his gang decide what size their breasts needed to be. All the women sounded like little girls. It really started to get to bug me, so I stopped listening.

Note that: I didn’t petition the FCC. I didn’t flip out and start campaigning against his objectification of women who had (as far as I could tell) willingly agreed to be on his show. If they didn’t like it, they could leave (I could go on about socialized patriarchy, but I won’t, cause I’m preaching Free Speech here).

As many have heard, Stern is moving to satellite radio after the latest huge fine from the FCC about his radio programming. Stern caught the commissioner of the FCC on a radio show, and – being Howard Stern – called in to confront him. Stern rightly points out that if he’s been fired for talking about sexual function on the air, then Oprah should be getting fined too (her case is currently pending – Stern didn’t even get to take his to court). Check out the side-by-side transcripts of both snippets in question at Stern’s site (it’s the usual – oral and anal sex, and blah-de-blah-blah-blah).

Personally, *I* find these sorts of radio and tv segments really educational. I mean, I like to know the current lingo: I’d heard of tossing salad, but a rainbow? This is useful information. I’m going to be able to understand more jokes. It helps me become a well-rounded American.

And you know what: being an American consumer, if I *don’t* want to know these interesting tidbits, I’ll turn off the radio. Or turn off the tv. There’s shit on the air all the time that I find offensive and just plain stupid – I don’t watch it. I don’t ask that it be taken off the air, because it’s not stirring up hate against other people (so far as I know), and it’s entertaining somebody out there.

It’s like abortion. If you don’t believe in abortion – don’t have one.

It’s that simple.

Oh, of course, I realize it’s NOT that simple. When South Africa was drawing up its new media regulations post 1990, they very nearly let it run without an “obscenity” clause. Women’s groups got worried about violent acts against women being aired right alongside sesame street. Now, you can get all sorts of goodies after 10pm (like naked guys in Cape Town – yes, I mean all-over naked), and swearing (there are 11 official languages in South Africa), but the soap-opera that depicted a rape scene got a lot of flack (one in three women in South Africa will be raped in her lifetime). Obscenity had less to do with showing beautiful body parts and more to do with banning depictions of overt sexualized violence.

I don’t know how promoting fear and disgust of the human body is helping anybody in this country.

One thing that Jenn thought was interesting about the Stern discussion: Stern asked why the FCC didn’t fine Janet Jackson for bearing her breast on television, but fined the station instead.

Jenn retorted, “Why are they blaming Janet Jackson?”

After all, it was Justin who ripped off her top.

Funny how people forget that.

Evil sexual woman.

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