FCC to investigate Colbert for “obscene” comments

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Liberal TV host and avid Trump-hater Stephen Colbert may have gotten off easy with his bosses over at CBS, but he isn’t totally off the hook just yet.  Following Colbert’s controversial and lewd comments made about President Trump and Vladimir Putin during his opening monologue on Monday night, the ‘The Late Show’ host is now the subject of an investigation at the Federal Communications Commission.

The entire Colbert monologue was off-color, but what has him in hot water is the following sentence: “The only thing your mouth is good at is being [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s c—k holster.”

The backlash against Colbert began the next day on social media — the hashtag #fireColbert went viral. But no actions were taken against Colbert.  CBS said nothing about the comments, and none of the show’s sponsors pulled out. Even worse, Colbert himself showed no remorse.  “I don’t regret that [what he said about Trump],” Colbert told his audience on Wednesday evening. “Trump, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”

According to reports, the FCC received an unusually high number of complaints about Colbert’s sexually explicit comments from viewers on Monday and Tuesday.  Thus, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is promising to take the appropriate action following a thorough investigation of Colbert’s remarks.  According to Pai, the FCC will review the episode and deem whether Colbert’s remarks are considered “obscene.”

“We are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action,” Pai told Talk Radio 1210 WPHT. “Traditionally, the agency has to decide, if it does find a violation, what the appropriate remedy should be,” he said. “A fine, of some sort, is typically what we do.”

According to Pai, broadcast television is governed by different rules depending on the time of day. The FCC flags speech it considers “indecent” before 10 p.m., he told Fox Business Network, and looks for “obscene” content after that point. Colbert’s “The Late Show” airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.
The FCC website states that content must meet a three-tier Supreme Court test to be labeled “obscene.”
“It must appeal to an average person’s prurient interest; depict or describe sexual conduct in a ‘patently offensive’ way; and, taken as a whole, lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value,” it reads.

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