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Monday, July 21, 2008

Court Rips Away FCC Fine for Janet Wardrobe Malfunction

Two dumbasses (Ms. Jackson, if you please and Mr. Timberlake) have their butts saved by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. From the AP:

A federal appeals court on Monday threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction."

The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" in issuing the fine for the fleeting image of nudity.

The 90 million people watching the Super Bowl, many of them children, heard Justin Timberlake sing, "Gonna have you naked by the end of this song," as he reached for Jackson's bustier.

The court found that the FCC deviated from its nearly 30-year practice of fining indecent broadcast programming only when it was so "pervasive as to amount to 'shock treatment' for the audience."

Now women can once again begin showing their bare nipples on network television (if only for a fleeting moment). Now maybe the Grammys will be interesting again.

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