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Saturday, December 11, 2004


Via Americablog, Michael Powell's FCC, responding to "complaints", wants to look at NBC's broadcast of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies for possible indecency.

Not making it up, there's actual text to that effect behind the link.

The FCC hasn't disclosed what aspect of the ceremony spawned these "complaints", but Lisa de Moraes of the Washington Post has a guess as to what might be up:
[O]n 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.)
Personally, I can't find a pic right now, but I'm guessing it had something to do with that lighting ceremony...


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