Monday, November 25, 2013

The New Boob Tube

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.


Anonymous said...

The FCC doesn't regulate cable. The prohibitions on words and flesh were a matter of custom, carrier discretion, and advertiser sensibilities.

Dr. Φ said...

I didn't know that, obviously. So apparently YouTube now has higher standards than Time Warner.