America is a dangerous place, ladies and gentlemen.
For further evidence of this, see New England’s recent loss to the Green Bay Packers on November 30 that featured Tom Brady unleashing f-bombs on national TV.
Brady’s mouth caused the Federal Communications Commission to receive complaints from people about his choice of words and CBS essentially showing him blowing up.
Here is a sample of one complaint:
“My 8 year old grandson was watching the game with me and even commented that he should not have said that.” The complainant added, “I understand the first time it happened that the camera man would not have expected that but to keep the camera on Tom Brady as he kept yelling was uncalled for.”
“They clearly knew he was saying it and so did my 10 year old son…It was almost as if the announcers got away with it, because they didn’t actually say it. Very unprofessional.”
In my spare time, I teach students about the media and in particular the FCC. One of the lectures involves the FCC’s platform on why broadcast indecency is a problem.
Basically, it deals with something called the pervasive presence theory, which states that children are entitled to protection from offensive messages on broadcast TV and/or radio.
I get it, the FCC needs and wants to protect the kids…but geez.
If you’re a parent or grandparent and allowing a child to be shaped long-term by seeing Tom Brady get upset at the Patriots D for not being able to stop Randall Cobb on a critical third down, you’re probably doomed as an influence over the child anyhow.
Ease up, America.
Would you rather have kids watching one of the great competitors and athletes in modern sports history get upset; or have your child play Grand Theft Auto V for 10 hours?