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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

That's Why It's The FIRST Amendment

I'm just going to reprint what I wrote on Pam's comment thread, rather than write anew. But suffice it to say... naw, just read.

Ooh, on a totally unrelated note, I saw Robert Duvall having drinks last night at the Four Seasons.

He was Winter.

"The FCC will soon be able to fine an artist, like Bono, let's say, or Howard Stern, or Oprah, literally millions of dollars for anything they might have said, IN THE PAST!, and there is no trial. No nothing. Just a big fat fine levelled for saying "Shit" on the air a year ago or anything else the unelected FCC decides is vulgar, and BOOM! you're off the air, just like that. You're bankrupt.

If you don't think that's scary, you're a fucking idiot. If you don't think they're going to go after only certain people, you're blind. And if you're somehow FOR this sort of willy-nilly censorship via economic devistation by a completely unqualified panel of nepotistically-hired people (COLIN POWELL'S SON?! Seriously? Seriously! How is that even allowed! Why are we not all furious about this?), basing their decisions on the pure gobblety-gook that is the current language on indecency, you don't deserve to live in this country.

It's the fact that this is happening while The Passion is raking in the bucks, that has people scared. And please, all I think anyone is asking is that you take a tiny step back from your personal passion, and try to understand why non-Christians might find relgious furor and frenzy a bit nervous-making. Because historically bad things tend to follow.

Enjoy your movie. That's totally cool. But for fucks sake, this is still America. And we get to make fun of it the same way we made fun of Titatic or any other overhyped film. Just because it's about YOUR stories and myths, doesn't mean it's blasphemous or illegal for me to talk shit about it.

...Wait, or maybe it is. Check back with me next week after the Senate votes on the new FCC fines."


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