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"will not take place between these thighs" condemns rappers for demanding an
equal society for themselves, yet still filling their music with misogynistic lyrics.
The song contains lyrics such as "Your revolution will not find me in the back seat
of a jeep ... doing it and doing it and doing it well. Think I'm going to put it in
my mouth just because you make a few bucks? Please, brother, please."
When a local listener recorded the broadcast and sent it to the FCC Enforcement
Bureau , KBOO was fined for airing "patently offensive" material. By anything
except the most literal interpretations of the questionable phrases, the song is a
political protest. It is about feminism, not oral sex.
Though the FCC eventually reversed its ruling against the station, the station
was, essentially, gagged for the almost two years it took to unravel the case. KBOO
worried that those who filed the complaint might still be monitoring the station
and they were cautious against provoking them further. KBOO, a small commu-
nity radio station with limited resources, had spent more than $20,000 defending
itself against the ruling (they were fighting the matter on principle had they
simply paid the original fine, it would have cost them only $7,500). They feared
additional complaints could force the station to lay off staff or cut back program-
ming.
In all, before the Super Bowl incident, the reinvigorated FCC had handed out
26 "notices of potential liability" and 13 "forfeiture orders," and a total of $1.7
million in fines to broadcasters for violations of indecency standards. However,
even this was not enough for critics of broadcasting standards. The Super Bowl
incident was the final straw for many advocates of strict regulation, and heavier
penalties, for broadcast content in the U.S.
The week following the Super Bowl controversy, media organizations tried to
satiate supporters of stricter regulation by trying to demonstrate self-control.
Clear Channel fired Florida-based shock radio jock Bubba the Love Sponge and
publicly declared that it was dropping Howard Stern 's morning radio program
from all its stations.
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According to Clear Channel, it was adopting new decency
standards to make sure that material its radio stations air conforms to local com-
munity standards.
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The company said it was applying its "zero tolerance" policy
to Stern until he could assure the radio giant that his program would meet its new
standards.
"Clear Channel drew a line in the sand today with regard to protecting our
listeners from indecent content and Howard Stern 's show blew right through it,"
said Clear Channel CEO John Hogan in a company press release. "It is vulgar,
offensive, and insulting not just to women and African Americans but to anyone
with a sense of common decency."