[size=4.5]FCC Gets 33 Super Bowl Content Comments[/size]
February 07, 2005
By Todd Shields
Federal regulators say theyâ€™ve received at least 33 comments prompted by Sundayâ€™s Super Bowl broadcast on Fox--including several that praised the halftime show as clean, and even a few that complained about last yearâ€™s breast-baring Super Bowl broadcast.
By midday Monday, eight people had complained to the Federal Communications Commission about an ad for the Web hosting site GoDaddy.com that featured a buxom young woman who appeared in danger of baring a breast until she grasped a slipping shoulder strap.
Five people complained about ads for erectile dysfunction medication, and one complained about an ad showing a character from the â€œQueer Eyeâ€ TV show ogling a young man walking down the street.
The totals were provided by an FCC official who said more comments could arrive in coming days.
Three people complained about last yearâ€™s Super Bowl halftime show, in which singer Janet Jacksonâ€™s right breast was displayed, sparking national debate about TV and indecency. That broadcast on CBS generated more than half a million complaints to the FCC and a backlash that had Fox executives and the National Football League vowing to stage a safe, non-controversial broadcast and halftime show.
This year, two people thanked the FCC for a clean half-time show, although two complained about a reference to â€œCalifornia grassâ€ in lyrics sung by halftime entertainer Paul McCartney. Two others said they were bored or not impressed by the halftime show. One person asked the FCC to remove announcer Joe Buck from the broadcast booth.
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