I swear the US has to be the most schizophrenic about the human body of anyone in the world. Hardcore pornography is widely available but seeing the nude human body? Horrors! Naked breast? It will undoubtedly warp the sensitive minds of children and incite rape among the weak of morals. Better cover the breasts of the statue of Justice at the Justice Department. It is creepy and strange and such an attitude of denial. Perhaps we should bring back streaking. If you're going to do it, do it soon because it will probably be a felony in the near future. From FCC Wary of Greeks Baring Gifts at Games
In response to one or more indecency complaints, the Federal Communications Commission has asked NBC to send it tapes of its coverage of the Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies in Athens, the network confirmed late yesterday.
It's unclear what aspect of NBC's coverage of the ceremonies has knotted the knickers of someone who has corresponded with the FCC, word of which was first reported by trade paper Mediaweek on its Web site late yesterday.
But on the day of the Opening Ceremonies back in August -- about six months after Janet Jackson bared her breast during CBS's broadcast of the Super Bowl -- NBC took some questions from sports reporters who were on the scene. These were guys who apparently don't go to museums much and had watched the dress rehearsal and seen performers representing classical Greek statues and mythological gods and goddesses in the various states of undress that were so fashionable in days gone by. They demanded to know whether NBC intended to subject the flower of American youth, watching back at home, to such a wanton display of Greekness.
(The Opening Ceremonies also included thespians depicting lovers frolicking in the world's largest puddle and a young woman in a shift wading about aimlessly in the same puddle. She appeared to have been impregnated by someone who was radioactive, but we cannot say with certainty whether that was Greek or just weird.)