Last night, Sally Field began an anti-war acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards, stating, “If mothers ruled the world, there would be no –” But Fox then cut off her sound and pointed the camera away from the stage, silencing the rest of her sentence: “god-damned wars in the first place.” Tom O’Neil of the LA Times writes that technically, there was nothing profane about her comments:
Technically, Field’s censored words are not profane. A 2004 FCC ruling specifically stated no objection to the use of “god damn” on TV when making a judgment on the uproar over Bono swearing at the Golden Globes in 2003 where he used more colorful language.
See the FCC ruling HERE.
UPDATE: The Washington Post’s Tom Shales notes, “If Fox censored Field for political reason, it would be an ugly first in the history of the Emmys.”