MSN has the story:
Newcomer Jenny Slate let the dreaded word slip during a parody of a talk show by biker women. The sketch was laden with tough talk from its three characters, but the most objectionable word was substituted with an inoffensive stand-in for that vulgarity.
Then, midway through the sketch, Slate slipped and said the word.
The sketch aired live at about 12:40 a.m. Eastern, well after prime time, when use of expletives can be punished by the FCC.
First of all, as I've already written, the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States states,
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It doesn't say anything about "except during certain times of the day, when *t*h*e* *c*h*i*l*d*r*e*n* might be watching." It specifically says "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom speech." Pretty straightforward.
And, how can a word become less vulgar, just because it's uttered later at night? Especially given the fact that a recent study said that 36% of homes have DVRs.
These poor children can casually set their TiVo to catch Saturday Night Live, then innocently turn it on Sunday afternoon at three PM.
And be scandalized!
Here's an idea: Let's get rid of the FCC. Or at least take away their ability to punish people for exercising the rights guaranteed to them by the US Constitution. Let the Saturday Night Live cast members drop all the "f-bombs" they want, and if people don't want to watch, they don't have to.
chicken pl*cking" newscaster Ernie Anastos as my new First Amendment hero.
Jenny Slate pic source.