FRC's Letter to FCC Chairman Michael Powell about Indecency at the Super Bowl

July 7, 2008 - 8:04 PM

I am writing to express my very grave concern about the halftime show on CBS during last night's Super Bowl in which a performer bared her breast and other performers grabbed their private parts and some seemed to be performing sado-masochistic acts. The event, which had the characteristics of a "peep show," seems a clear violation of indecency law. I am heartened with your quick response, ordering an FCC investigation of the show.

Not only was the show during family hours but at a production, the Super Bowl, that can be expected to have one of the largest viewing audiences on television. Nor was the incident likely an accident. Indeed, the male sang "gotta have you naked by the end of this song" and soon thereafter ripped the covering off the female singer's breast. It appeared to be a calculated move and CBS should be held liable for this affront to America's children and adults as well.

Over the last several years, evening network television has become off limits for many families. Lack of FCC enforcement of indecency laws has encouraged networks to add more and more sexual incidents fouler language, and even indecent exposure. Your recent recognition of these problems is encouraging. I urge you to review and revise penalties for indecency violations and continue to use your position as Chairman to provide leadership in an effort to return network television into a place where children and families are welcome.