PTC Charges NBC Allowed Emmycast Indecency

Aug 31, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The Parents Television Council has filed an indecency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, charging that T&A comments by Dame Helen Mirren and Calista Flockhart on Sunday night’s NBC broadcast of “The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” should have been bleeped.

Mirren, walking onstage to accept an Emmy for her leading role in HBO’s “Elizabeth I,” joked that “My great triumph is not falling ass over tit coming up those stairs. If you saw the shoes I’ve got on, you would understand.”

Calista Flockhart repeated the “ass over tits” statement.

PTC President L. Brent Bozell noted that NBC was the network that aired the 2003 Golden Globes telecast in which musician Bono referred to something as “f—ing brilliant,” a statement that subsequently prompted the FCC to act.

“Didn’t NBC learn anything from airing the live broadcast of the Golden Globes during which Bono dropped the F-word? NBC should have aired the Emmys on a tape-delay to bleep out the obscenities. A few seconds’ delay would not have meant a thing,” he said.

Dan Isett, PTC’s director of corporate and government affairs, said the word “tits” was the problem.

“It’s one of the original ‘seven dirty words.’ It should be considered a dirty word,” he said, though adding that PTC’s point was broader than the specifics. He said NBC hadn’t exercised proper care in screening.

Asked whether “tits” really constitutes indecency anymore-a dancer in the musical “A Chorus Line” repeatedly sings of tits and ass in one example of mainstream usage-Islett said that decision isn’t up to him: “It doesn’t matter what I think. It’s what the law says.”

NBC did not immediately return calls seeking comment.