FCC: Monday Night Football Skit Not Indecent
The FCC ruled Monday that the Monday Night Football skit featuring a nude Nicollette Sheridan was not “indecent.”
U.S. communications regulators ruled on Monday that there was no violation of decency standards in the introductory segment of ABCÃ¢€™s Ã¢€œMonday Night FootballÃ¢€ featuring actress Nicollette Sheridan dropping a towel and baring her back. The controversial TV fragment, which aired on November 15 at the opening if the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, showed the Ã¢€œDesperate HousewivesÃ¢€ star trying to seduce football player Terrell Owens by dropping the towel she is wearing and, thus, exposing her back to the viewers from the waist up. Although the segment was free from unconcealed sexual content and foul language, ABC said it received complaints from its viewers who claimed it was inappropriate.
However, the five-member panel of the Federal Communications Commission ruled that there was nothing indecent about it. “Although the scene apparently is intended to be titillating, it simply is not graphic or explicit enough to be indecent under our standard,” the commission told Reuters.
Now, had it been Roseanne Arnold (or whatever name she’s using now) that would have been indecent.