It's my job to protect you, the viewer, from reality.
—The Network Censor, The Simpsons.
The FCC, an appointed body, not elected, answerable only to the President, decided all on its own that radio and TV were the only two parts of American media not protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. I'd like to repeat that because it sounds vaguely important. The FCC, an appointed body, not elected, answerable only to the President, decided all on its own that radio and TV were the only two parts of American media not protected by the free speech Amendment of the Constitution.
They will clean up all your talking in a manner such as this:
They will make you take a tinkle when you wanna take a piss,
And they'll make you call fellatio a trouser-friendly kiss!
It's the plain situation
There's no negotiation
With the fellas at the freakin' FCC!
Fuck you very much, the FCC,
Fuck you very much for fining me.
Five thousand bucks a "fuck",
So I'm really out of luck.
That's more than Heidi Fleiss was charging me.
—Eric Idle, "The FCC Song"
Z is for zoo,
That's where I belong,
Cause my life is like a prison
With the music industry looking on!
—Johnny Massacre, 'Ultrasound'
Guess what, for all the fans who complain that the US Toku shows have no balls... well, itís not that we donít want to; there are standards and practices that we have to abide by for network television. So itís just not legal to show these things in a kid show in the US and thatís not negotiable. Trust me, we tried and we did manage to push some stuff through, youíll see, but guns held at kids' heads and people dying? No can do.
—Steven Wang, Executive Producer of Kamen Rider Dragon Knight