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The FCC has no problem with David Ortiz’s comments

Apr 20, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

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We mentioned earlier that Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz used some colorful language during his pre-game speech this afternoon at Fenway Park. ESPN showed it on a delay and was able to bleep it out, but those watching on MLB Network and NESN heard it live and unedited. Oh, the horror.

While this sort of language is usually frowned upon on broadcast television and radio, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made it a point this afternoon to say that they didn’t have an issue with it.

This might be my new favorite tweet ever. By the way, that statement was written by outgoing FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. He attended Harvard Law School.

  1. Conner012367 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Reblogged this on Conner's Blog.

    • danwilliamsmlb - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      And not a fuck was given.

      • atltoarizona - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        The FCC also has no problem with the above reply.

      • cur68 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Relax, willya? So the guy reblogged it. So what? The comment “reblogged etc” is automatic. He didn’t post it. Its what happens when you click the “Re-Blog” thing at the top of the screen under the banner. He probably has no idea this comment appeared here. And, FTR the bloggers have said that they don’t mind the reblogging. It spreads their name around and increases this site’s exposure.

      • Conner012367 - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM


    • danwilliamsmlb - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      @cur68: Thanks for pointing that out; I was unaware that was how things worked. My apologies to the original poster and I hereby withdraw my lack of a fuck.

  2. theolgoaler - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    And he got a frickin’ degree, too! (Watched on ESPN, so I missed Papi’s F-bomb… no big deal.)

  3. 13arod - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    on espn it bleeped out

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Sorry to make this political, but the FCC is a government agency, and this is why I prefer progressives being elected and appointing folks to be in charge. Conservatives tend to get their undies in a bunch over things like this. Thumb away.

    • Jason Lukehart - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      I’m on the same side of the political fence as you, but under the circumstances, I don’t think many from either party would have much of an issue with Ortiz today.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        Jason, you might be right, somewhat, as many GOP guys, like Bush and Cheney, use such language themselves. The trouble arises from the “family values” extremists in their party who let’s recall tried to fine CBS $550,000 when a woman’s nipple was exposed during the 2004 Super Bowl, for almost one whole second (gasps, faints). Some of those folks have made being uptight into an art form!

      • bosworthstokefield - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        Speaking of the Parents TV Council. They had a bee in their bonnet against CBS once again when Flacco dropped an F-Bomb after the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Emotions run high during a game, regardless of sport. There wasn’t salacious intent, there. It would be all the same if someone had an injury and they dropped some salty language in pain.

      • jwbiii - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        It’s also useful to remember that censorship attempts do not always come from the right. The PMRC was founded by Tipper Gore.

    • KR - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      You’re not the sharpest spoon in the drawer, are you?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        KR, not sure about others, but no, I don’t sharpen my spoons.

      • badintent - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:07 AM

        The correct comment is sharpest KNIFE(not spoon).
        This has been brought to you by THE GRAMMAR POOOOOOOLICE

  5. Stiller43 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    A government agency not seeing things in black and white, and rather using emotion and common sense? What?

  6. rbj1 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Um, MLBN & NESN are cable channels. They get to use such language. It’s only the over the airwaves channels that the FCC regulates language on. Otherwise HBO couldn’t exist.

    • bosworthstokefield - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      That is why the free pass. Radio stations that happened to carry the pre-game live, could have been pinched.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      I’m not so sure about that, rbj, as ESPN is also cable. Most cable channels tightly police their language. HBO and Showtime are premium channels which gets them more leeway.

      • hittfamily - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        I remember a decade ago, South Park was going to have to pay a fine for saying “shit”, so they decided to say it 100 times. At least that is how I remember it. Comedy central will edit movies shown before midnight for language, but after midnight, often times they are unedited (nudity is edited).

  7. vallewho - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    any video clips (un-bleeped) of the act?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Deadspin has some great links, the National Anthem at the Bruins/Sabres game which the crowd sang 90% of, the opening of the Red Sox game today (fbomb at the end of the vid) and the tribute video at the Bruins game

  8. BigBeachBall - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    The FCC has no dominion over the internet, yet people still censor themselves online… Its comditioned i guess…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      You are fuckin right about that Big.

  9. hotkarlsandwich - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks that using “F-Bomb” when referring to Fuck, is a poor word choice, considering the events of the past week?

    • spellingcops - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      What other “f-word” is out there? And what the fuck does that word have anything to do with events of the past week?

      • nbjays - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        I think he was referring to the “bomb” part of the phrase “F-bomb”. Reading comprehension will take you far…

  10. dukepatrol - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    S..t happens.

  11. mudhead123 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Couldn’t the sox at least had an American do the speech? Wow

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      mud, your grammar was poor and if you are referring to David Ortiz, he is a US citizen! Since 2008.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      I hope this was meant sarcastically

  12. barkleyblows - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Typical D bags that have to bring politics into it.

  13. humanexcrement - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Honestly, when are we going to get to the point in the development in our culture when people don’t cry over bad words? It isn’t like he forgot to say “act of terror” or something.

  14. davyd83 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    The FCC does not regulate cable content, only over the air stations. Also, it is unlikely that any radio stations broadcasting live would have been fined due to a 2012 Supreme Court decision regarding use of the F word by U2’s Bono on a live award show. The Court threw out the fines the FCC had attempted to levy against Fox.

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