Joe Cool maybe too cool for some parents. After winning the Super Bowl, Joe Flacco let out the F-bomb while celebrating. The PTC doesn’t fault Flacco for his choice of words, but they do fault CBS for not taking the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen.
“Despite empty assurance after empty assurance from the broadcast networks that they would never air indecent material, especially during the Super Bowl, it has happened again,” said PTC president Tim Winter.
“No one should be surprised that a jubilant quarterback might use profane language while celebrating a career-defining win, but that is precisely the reason why CBS should have taken precautions. Joe Flacco’s use of the f-word, while understandable, does not absolve CBS of its legal obligation to prevent profane language from being broadcast – especially during something as uniquely pervasive as the Super Bowl. The instance was aired live across the country, and before the FCC’s designated ‘Safe Harbor’ time everywhere but along the East Coast.
“Now nine years after the infamous Janet Jackson incident, the broadcast networks continue to have ‘malfunctions’ during the most-watched television event of the year, and enough is enough. After more than four years of inaction on broadcast decency enforcement, the FCC must step up to its legal obligation to enforce the law, or families will continue to be blindsided,” concluded Winter.
I understand that television networks have special rules and regulations, but shouldn’t the kids be in bed by 10 anyways? If this slip of the F-bomb is that bad to these parents, I wonder what they thought of the Go Daddy commercials that their children see during the Super Bowl, year after year.