Our family only subscribes to basic cable. I am vaguely aware that the content standards for basic cable, while of course much stricter than premium stations, are looser than broadcast stations. But still: I had thought that frontal nudity wasn’t allowed on basic, for the simple reason that I had never seen it.
So I was quite surprised this summer when I was watching MGM and saw they were running She’s Gotta Have It apparently unedited. Maybe that’s just MGM, I thought. But then, a few days later, AMC showed the vampire movie The Hunger, also apparently unedited.
Anybody familiar with my movie reviews knows that I hardly have grounds to get all prudish about this. Still, though, I was pretty happy with the content tiers that kept R-rated material on the pay stations.
So what’s going on? Was there a formal rule change? Is 0bama’s FCC asleep at the wheel?
* Okay, that’s not quite true. On the History channel, I did see a documentary that showed the famous picture of Marilyn Monroe (link NSFW, obviously). But I didn’t think that really counted, because Art.