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February 4, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

It may not have been on par with Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004, but Joe Flacco’s f-bomb following Sunday’s Super Bowl game was caught live by CBS and immediately went viral on the Internet. “This is f***ing awesome” Flacco was heard to remark, while an unidentified teammate shouted, “Holy sh**!” The exuberant remark brought to mind Bono’s “f***ing brilliant” comment at the 2003 Golden Globes awards. That brought about a reprimand and a fine by the FCC, which were later reversed by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nevertheless, the conservative TV watchdog group Parents Television Council, which spearheaded the initial protest against the earlier broadcast expletive, has called on the FCC to take action against CBS for the latest one. “Despite empty assurance after empty assurance from the broadcast networks that they would never air indecent material, especially during the Super Bowl, it has happened again,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “No one should be surprised that a jubilant quarterback might use profane language while celebrating a career-defining win, but that is precisely the reason why CBS should have taken precautions. Joe Flacco’s use of the f-word, while understandable, does not absolve CBS of its legal obligation to prevent profane language from being broadcast — especially during something as uniquely pervasive as the Super Bowl.” (CBS did employ a five-second time delay during Beyoncé’s halftime show.)