Clueless and Stupid

Even though I shan’t be watching the Super Bowl today, I thought I’d note the occasion by posting this banned ad:

Perhaps it was banned because the network executives had their heads up their asses and felt that it hit a little too close to home. That would be my guess. Maybe there’s a subtle, subliminal sexual connotation there. There could be very flexible men out there who get a sexual thrill out of placing their head inside their own anus.

There’s a third, much less likely explanation. It may have been banned because it was degrading to men. In advertising and sitcoms, men, particularly married men, are usually portrayed as completely clueless idiots. You rarely, if ever, see women portrayed in that manner because if they did, women’s groups would pitch a bitch about it being sexist and degrading to women. Portraying women as stupid and clueless is sexist while portraying men that way is high comedy. Yet men don’t complain. The wife says, “That’s just like my husband.” The husband smiles sheepishly and says, “Yes, Dear. You’re right.” Maybe we are clueless idiots.

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Unnecessary Censorship

I’ve never been a fan of Jimmy Kimmel, finding The Man Show to be rather boorish and sophomoric at its best. I haven’t seen his latest show so I can’t say whether or not it’s any better. As the following articles on The Huffington Post blog show, he is apparently not a fan of the FCC and that, in itself, raises him a bit in my esteem. Each week he mocks the FCC by taking innocent clips and adding censorship to make them seem lewd or dirty. It’s amazing how a well-placed bleep or a bit of pixelation can change everything.

Check it out, it’s great stuff.

Nipples

I fully support a mother’s right to breast feed whenever and wherever her infant needs to be fed. I fully support women’s right to be topfree n public should they choose to do so. And I fully support their right to publish photos in print or on the Internet of themselves doing so.

On the other hand, I am against censorship although there are images that children should not be exposed to. But censoring nipples? Has anyone ever been harmed or traumatized by a nipple? If you’re sexually excited by the mere sight of a nipple, no matter what the context, then you have the problem, not the owner of the nipple nor the media where it’s displayed.

I don’t agree with Facebook’s nipple policy but they can make up whatever terms of service they want. Fight for your right to depict your nipples in the way that God intended but don’t ask that someone else’s right to depict their expression be taken away. When their rights are taken away, yours are endangered. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Not sure I oughta know

Jagged_Little_PillSong: You Oughta Know
Artist: Alanis Morissette
Album: Jagged Little Pill
Released: 1995
I heard the song on the radio this morning and a couple of the lyrics jumped out at me in a genuine WTF moment. I didn’t know the artist or the title so I did a Google search on a partial lyric. After reading the lyrics online, I realized that I’d heard the song a number of times before on the radio. Maybe I had heard an edited version before and somehow the station happened to play the unedited version this morning. Trust me, I will not complain to the FCC about it. In fact, I wish the FCC would get out of the business of censorship and infringing on First Amendment rights and go back to managing the allocation of the radio frequency spectrum. I won’t mention which station I was listening to. I won’t confirm or deny anything in my efforts to protect the station’s First Amendment rights to play it as well as my First Amendment right to hear it.


Today’s Quote: “Seek simplicity, and distrust it.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead


In my daily spam report there was one with the subject line “we caught you naked! check the video”. Uh, so what? Lots of people, most of them total strangers, have seen me naked. It’s no big deal. There may even be naked pictures of me floating around on the Internet. But if there is a video of me frolicking naked, please send it to me.


Seen on a tow truck on my way home yesterday — “Dayton’s finest hookers”. I’m glad to see people take pride in their work, whatever it is that they do.


This week’s South Park is good. I highly recommend it In a way, it’s every bit as good as Major Boobage. Some parts of it are just plain wrong. Kyle saves the day.


Going to Hell? Been there already.

Today’s Quote: “I’ve been accused of vulgarity. I say that’s bullshit.” ~ Mel Brooks.


Song: The Letter
Artist: The Box Tops
Album: The Letter/Neon Rainbow
Released: 1967


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Yes, you are going to Hell, but not for the reasons you think you are.


Here’s an interesting tidbit regarding the demise of analog TV. It’s only over-the-air broadcasts that are required to go digital on 17 February 2009. Cable and satellite providers can still send analog signals until 2012. That’s good news. I can put off that new wide-screen TV for a little while longer.


I started to watch American Pie: The Naked Mile on Comedy Central last night but lost interest. I think they’ve taken those movies further than they should have. There’s only one original character left. And the plots have gotten stupider.


And what’s the attraction of blurred boobs? Breasts aren’t blurry in the real world, at least not in my experience. I’ve seen a lot of breasts and the they’ve only been blurry when I don’t have my glasses on. I just can’t understand the perceived need for censorship in this country. We all know what breasts, buttocks, and genitalia look like (or at least we should) so what’s the big deal about seeing them on TV?

That huge fine the FCC is throwing at ABC for the display of bare buttocks that occurred years ago is ridiculous. Those guys need to learn something about human anatomy. Buttocks are NOT sexual organs. Ask any doctor.

Those idiots are scary. Their decisions have the effect of Federal law without ever having to go through the legislative process. There are no checks or balances on these morons. They are only accountable to Congress who doesn’t seem to have a problem with Fascism and the demise of the Constitution. Congress apparently doesn’t feel they should be accountable to their constituents. Congress feels that they are only accountable to the corporations and special interest groups that fill their reelection coffers. I guess the networks are not contributing enough cash.

About the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC’s jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

I don’t see anything in there about regulating the content of those communications or the First Amendment being non-applicable.

We’re not allowed to see bare female breasts, anyone’s genitalia, or even exposed buttocks on television, not even in a purely non-sexual or educational context. Yet it’s perfectly fine to see the most heinous acts of violence and mangled human bodies in the goriest detail. Violence is celebrated on television yet the beauty of the human body is reviled. Something is fucked up here.


I have more to say but I guess I’ve ranted enough for now. Have a nice, censored day.