Janet Jackson, Howard Dean, & The FCC

I wasn’t even going to bother to comment Janet Jackson showing one of her ta-tas at the Super Bowl halftime show since everyone else on the planet has already had their say, but this comment by Howard Dean demanded a response…

“I find that to be a bit of a flap about nothing. I’m probably affected in some ways by the fact that I’m a doctor, so it’s not exactly an unusual phenomenon for me….In general, I think the FCC does have a role in promoting some reasonable standard of decency. However, considering what’s on television these days, I think the FCC is being pretty silly about investigating this.”

So there you go. Since Howard Dean is a doctor and wasn’t offended, why should parents watching the game with their small children be upset? Moreover, if a pop singer flashing her breast in front of an audience that included millions and millions of children is within Howard Dean’s “reasonable standard of decency,” what isn’t? Big Bird humping Mr. Snufflelufagus? The Powerpuff Girls reenacting the Britney Spears / Madonna /Christine Aguilera kisses?

The Super Bowl is not the time and the place for a pop star to get some cheap publicity by flashing the general public. Even someone like Howard Dean should have enough common sense to figure that out.

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