allbritton: I don't know anything about a lawsuit against the clothing designer, but $27,500 is the amount the FCC can fine each of the CBS stations and affiliates that broadcasted Janet's little peek-a-boo:
On Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell ordered an investigation of the incident.
An estimated 140 million people were watching the show when at the end, pop star Justin Timberlake popped off part of Jackson's corset, exposing her breast.
Powell told CNN he was not convinced the incident was an accident.
"Clearly somebody had knowledge of it. Clearly it was something that was planned by someone," he said. "She probably got what she was looking for."
MTV posted this tease on its Web site last week: "Janet Jackson's Super Bowl show promises shocking moments."
Powell said he was watching the game Sunday evening with his two children and found the incident "outrageous."
"I knew immediately it would cause great outrage among the American people, which it did," he said, citing "thousands" of complaints received by Monday morning. "We have a very angry public on our hands."
Powell said MTV and the CBS network's more than 200 affiliates and company-owned stations could be fined $27,500 apiece.
"I think it's all of their problem," he said. "The law allows you to reach many of the different parties." He said he would like to see the enforcement penalties strengthened to 10 times their current amount.
My bad, I understood it wrong. I caught a news blurb in the car on the way to work, and thought it said Justin said that, I was wrong.
I would like to know though, whay are they fining the affiliate staions? The ones that should be fined are the performers and producers, they are the ones that ultimately had control of what happened, even if there was "faulty" clothing. In my opinion, they use language that is more offensive, than what was shown in mainstream television. It was only a flash, it's not like the camera stayed on her, and they also cut the lights off of them.
Personally, I think people need to get their pantys out of a wad. The ones claiming "the kids saw it", I would like to ask them, "You let them watch football, which could be considered somewhat violent (lets face it, it isn't like tennis), You let them watch the beer comercials, and your worried about a flash that isn't any more harmful than a flash of you getting out of the shower in the morning.
I think people are making too big of a deal, I would have a problem if it were done while in some move simulating a sexual act, but the fact is, it was not a sexually explicit deal, heck you can see more than that in National Geographic.
Anyway, Balucci, sorry I had my info mixed up. Thanks for pointing out the good info, I'll do better to check it before I post next time. I don't mean that to be taken in any disrespectful way either.
My two cents,