Wardrobe Malfunction case setback

Wardrobe Malfunction case faces setback

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit threw out a $550,000 fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission against the CBS TV network for its airing, during halftime of the 2004 Super Bowl, of nudity in what has become known around the world as singer Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction.” Bestselling author Teresa Tomeo has joined parents, families and organizations around the country in condemning the ruling.

“I don’t know too many people, regardless of their religious or political persuasions, who were not totally outraged by Janet Jackson’s infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ during the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show,” Tomeo said. “The controversy sparked the highest number of FCC complaints in history.

“The frustration over this disgusting public display of indecency has been raging for years; and now, thanks to this latest ruling — announced, ironically, during White Ribbons Against Pornography (WRAP) Week — it appears that those who expect to be able to sit down and watch one of the most popular TV sporting events in the world without having to worry about their children and themselves being exposed to yet more offensive content are all wet.”

The Wednesday ruling is the latest in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which sent it back to the appeals court in 2009. “The Janet Jackson incident was offensive to women and families,” Tomeo said, “and reminds us yet again how our mass media — and in this case, CBS specifically — need an Extreme Makeover when it comes to understanding the definition of indecency relating to the public airwaves.”

In EXTREME MAKEOVER, available now from Ignatius Press, Tomeo discusses the pervasiveness of media in today’s culture and talks about ways that women — and everyone — can make an “extreme media makeover” to rid themselves of the messages and toxic images that bombard them daily, and instead embrace the truth about their human dignity.

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