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FCC buried in complaints over men’s ‘flip flopping’ junk during the Olympics

Won't someone think of the children?


Austin Powell

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 22, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 11:05 pm CDT

Can you even imagine how miserable it must be to work at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)? When you’re not sparring with Netflix over broadband data caps or with major corporations over community-run broadband, you’re fielding letters from everyone in America who has a problem with something they saw on TV. 

Case in point: The Verge made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all the complaints made to the FCC over the Olympics, and while some of the concerns raised are legitimate, technical issues, most are utterly ridiculous. 

Here are a few of the highlights:

“NBC’s coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony displayed numerous examples of people’s buttocks for the viewing pleasure on my children 9 and 5. This seems highly inappropriate for a recorded program meant to be watched by a general audience.” —A viewer in Norman, Oklahoma

“Last night 08/06/16 NBC Olympic coverage included video of naked women which was inappropriate for a the wider audience.” —a viewer in New York, New York

“In today’s world and what’s considered entertainment it’s very tough to enjoy wholesome programing as a family, from the heavily rotated sexual content on every program to overplayed ED commercials it’s tough to enjoy a program as a family without being uncomfortable. I thought the Olympic try outs last night would provide us the opportunity as a family to enjoy something together. The track and field events are nothing short of minor pornography and should be rated R to NC17 clothing that is to tight exposing male genitals is NOT what I had in mind when sitting with my family last night. Something needs to be done. Less Camera time and Slow Motion Of These Runners flip Flopping their way accross [sic] the finish line. These athletes should be required to wear an ahleletic [sic] supporter or precautions should be put in place by the broadcasting network to create a more comfortable family friendly program” —A viewer in Attleboro, Massachusetts

Maybe that last person has a point. After all, this pole vaulter might’ve cleared the bar if had taken some better protective measures with his junk. 

H/T The Verge

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*First Published: Sep 22, 2016, 10:27 am CDT