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ABC, Meet The FCC

When ESPN hired Jon Gruden to appear on Monday Night Football, some of you expressed concern that Gruden’s legendary propensity for dropping “F” bombs could get ESPN into trouble.
Not so, since ESPN is a cable channel not broadcast over the federally-regulated airwaves.
But the rules regarding the seven words that can’t be said on television still apply to ESPN’s sister network ABC.  And the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld efforts by the FCC to impose fines on networks that broadcast an expletive blurted out during a live show.
On Friday morning, Green Day appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America.  (As many of you know, Florio Jr. is the drummer in a three-man band that has an affinity for Green Day songs, and they’re actually preparing to blow the doors of their elementary school at a talent show next week with a Know Your Enemy/I Fought The Law medley.)
So, as GMA came back from break at the start of the 8:30 a.m. EDT half hour, Green Day was performing Longview, which as anyone familiar with the song knows contains more than a few words on which the FCC might frown.
And so we assumed that the folks at ABC would be ready to take full advantage of the seven-second delay.
Um, fail.
As a result, we were treated to seeing youngsters in the crowd sing along to the line “I’m sick of all the same old shit.”  Seconds later,  Billy Joe Armstrong serenaded us all with the notion that he’s “f–kin’ lazy” and that he “smells like sh-t.”
So while the folks at Disney, the ABC/ESPN parent company, need not worry about potential fines for similar comments from Jon Gruden on ESPN, they might want to have a better understanding of the musical acts that ABC puts on the air.
UPDATE:  ABC did a much better job of dumping the “F” words in American Idiot.
SECOND UPDATE:  The video is now available.  Enjoy it before ABC makes a copyright claim.

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33 Responses to “ABC, Meet The FCC”
  1. TheCoop says: May 22, 2009 9:07 AM

    Plus, I saw Billy Joe’s weiner…….. another wardrobe malfunction!

  2. moonbeam says: May 22, 2009 9:08 AM

    what’s this got to do with the price of potatoes???

  3. WhoDeyBuck says: May 22, 2009 9:10 AM

    “UPDATE: ABC did a much better job of dumping the “F” words in American Idiot”
    Uh, AI is on Fox. Dumbass.

  4. sevenirongator says: May 22, 2009 9:15 AM

    Mike, who won the F-ing book on the last qbf contest a few weeks ago

  5. Rhode says: May 22, 2009 9:20 AM

    Florio, why do people like you think that by pulling a couple letters out of a word, it sudden’t becomes less obscene? we all know what words you’re you’re using. The hyphens just look silly.

  6. mngarber says: May 22, 2009 9:27 AM

    Florio:
    Aren’t ESPN’s Monday Night games broadcast on the local ABC affiliates of the teams playing that night’s game — because not everyone has cable?
    If that’s the case, then isn’t MNF still subject to FCC oversight?

  7. GPLmark says: May 22, 2009 9:28 AM

    Whodeybuck, “American Idiot” is a song by Green Day which they presumably performed on GMA.

  8. Slim says: May 22, 2009 9:38 AM

    WhoDeyBuck says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 9:10 am
    “UPDATE: ABC did a much better job of dumping the “F” words in American Idiot”
    Uh, AI is on Fox. Dumbass.
    ______________________________________________________
    Uh, AI is on Fox, American Idiot is a Green Day song. Dumbass.

  9. cheapseats304 says: May 22, 2009 9:40 AM

    WhoDeyBuck says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 9:10 am
    “UPDATE: ABC did a much better job of dumping the “F” words in American Idiot”
    Uh, AI is on Fox. Dumbass.
    Uhhh…American Idiot is a song by Green Day. American Idol is a show on Fox…idiot.

  10. Alabama leprechaun says: May 22, 2009 9:42 AM

    Still the greatest band on TV moment was Slipknot on Conan. After they played Conan’s face was like: “What the F was that?”

  11. dolfan565 says: May 22, 2009 9:44 AM

    Leave it to a Bengals fan to not know the difference between American Idol and American Idiot.
    Q: Who Dey Idiots?
    A: Anyone paying money to see the Bengals play.

  12. Buttered Izel Jenkins says: May 22, 2009 10:03 AM

    Kudos to Florio Jr. on performing (I’m presuming) the Clash’s version of I Fought The Law!
    You’re raising that kid right!

  13. Pea Tear Griffin says: May 22, 2009 10:15 AM

    @WhoDeyBuck
    American Idiot is a Green Day song.
    Dumb ass.

  14. Muck says: May 22, 2009 10:25 AM

    Did they let “when masturbation’s lost it’s fun…..” slide too?

  15. ty@thelionsinwinter says: May 22, 2009 10:31 AM

    You wanna see the doors blown off a school? Play “Know Your Enemy” by RATM. THAT’ll get the elementary schoolers up.
    Peace
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter
    PS–in mid-Michigan, “elementary” school is typically K-5th grade . . . major props to Florio Jr. (and you!) if he’s in a punk three-piece at that age.

  16. deymond says: May 22, 2009 10:37 AM

    Wait, so this is a post about Green Day? Or Good Morning America?

  17. Colorado Thistle says: May 22, 2009 10:50 AM

    How f–king stupid is it that we live in a society that levies fines on a business for someone’s speech?

  18. bccc says: May 22, 2009 11:01 AM

    somebody already uploaded the song on youtube:


  19. fordman84 says: May 22, 2009 11:06 AM

    Did Florio just use “fail” in his blog?
    I guess next we will see TacoBill making some NFL related “FAIL” pictures of the day.
    Actually that would be great, please do that!

  20. fordman84 says: May 22, 2009 11:07 AM

    deymond says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 10:37 am
    Wait, so this is a post about Green Day? Or Good Morning America?
    ————————————————————
    Just be glad it wasn’t about Sprint.

  21. EatItFlorio says: May 22, 2009 11:07 AM

    Nice

  22. Borf says: May 22, 2009 11:18 AM

    Green Day sucks.

  23. Alpheratz says: May 22, 2009 11:55 AM

    Typical Liberals.
    No respect for anything, particularly themselves.

  24. Slow Joe says: May 22, 2009 11:56 AM

    Censorship sucks. The FCC sucks. “Bleeps” when comedians curse on Comedy Central suck. Everybody who thinks they know better than you what you should listen to sucks.

  25. Brad says: May 22, 2009 12:46 PM

    As a result, we were treated to seeing youngsters in the crowd sing along to the line “I’m sick of all the same old shit.” Seconds later, Billy Joe Armstrong serenaded us all with the notion that he’s “f–kin’ lazy” and that he “smells like sh-t.”
    i like how Florio types out the word, then the very next sentence uses the “edited’ version

  26. ironballsmcginty says: May 22, 2009 1:17 PM

    Tony Dungy believes Gruden will watch his mouth!

  27. crowder52 says: May 22, 2009 2:39 PM

    Um, What are you guys talking about. Greenday is not punk anymore. They are Politcal liberal pop artist. Those and the idea of Punk, do not live in the same world. They are 40 plus year old men trying to influence the tender minds of Elementary Children, through pop music pretending to be Punk. These guys went lame after 1993. Punk is Mike Watt, The Pixies, Th Ramones,Johnny Rotten!!!!!!!!! Not green day! They are more poltical and institution then the President. Green Day Sucks, go search for some tre Punk!!!! The CLash is a little better but I remeber being in ELementary school listen to the CLash and London Calling, so the same probably goes for them 2. Also I watch Bands like Grateful Dead and Phish cover “I fought the Law” COme on Dad, don’t let the son of an investigative blog reporter be pulled one over on! Next your going confuse the kid lettin him think Blink 182 is punk also

  28. crowder52 says: May 22, 2009 2:48 PM

    PS- I hope it is Rage against the Machine “Know Your Enemy” That is the one and only……. .Greenday sucks compared to what Rage did with the idea. Billy Joe, says the song wrote it self in 5 minutes, I guess so , since they are fans of Rage’s first album! with hit single “Know your Enemy” Florio stick to Blog football not Rolling Stone Magazine blogs

  29. crowder52 says: May 22, 2009 2:50 PM

    here you go, you compare the 2


  30. Kevin from Philly says: May 22, 2009 2:59 PM

    Crowder, stop being a nitwit. The Clash was one of the best bands ever. Also, there’s nothing wrong with Green Day and Blink. Go watch Hi Fidelity and look at Jack Blacks’ character. That’s the kind of idiot you sound like.

  31. crowder52 says: May 22, 2009 4:02 PM

    The Clash were ok, but there is a big difference in these bands. Green Day is not a bunch of 40 plus year olds guys influenceing the minds of elementary school kids… Nit Wit….. Listen to Green Day “Know your Enemy and Rage Aganst The Machine….. one sounds like three girls singing acapelo, the other sounds Punk. I can at least agree the Clash is probably better then I gave them credit for. Hi Fi is a movie, Jack Black is an actor,….. I am real life. Just making a point…. Yours point was to compare me to a fictional character in a movie, and call me a nit wit. Now real backing up of your opinion or discrediting mine. Other then the Clash was one of the best bands……. Just out of curiosity how many best bands are their in the world…. I guess thats what u get from Philly?

  32. crowder52 says: May 22, 2009 4:09 PM

    My statement was also greenday stop being punk after 1993 and became POP, and Blink 182 is not punk but pop also. Hey nothing wrong with Pop, it just isn’t Punk in any shape or form! I went to a greenday show were the crowd of pre teens held up their lit cell phones in a dark auditorium in place of lighters during a Ballad…need I say anymore? I also saw them live where they went nuts back in 1993, very cool, very punk…no cell phone used to light up auditorium, no huge pyros….Just Punk music and attitude, only one album in to their MTV career

  33. pats_greenday says: May 22, 2009 4:22 PM

    You spelled Billie Joe’s name wrong. It is “ie” not “y”. This is totally ABC’s fault, Green Day should not have to change their song for TV.

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