Just moments after the end of Super Bowl XLVII, while the confetti continued to fall from the rafters of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a CBS Sports television camera happened to capture a moment that has now become part of the media buzz.
During the postgame celebrations, audio from a microphone captured Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda saying "holy s--t, huh!" to Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.
The Ravens quarterback followed Yanda's comment with a "f--kin' awesome, man" while slapping Yanda on the shoulder pad.
The watchdog group Parents Television Council wants the Federal Communications Commission to fine CBS over the incident, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly.
That's right! Fine the network which broadcast a live television football game because the MVP of the Super Bowl and his teammate used profanity while enjoying their big win.
Parents Television Council president Tim Winter had this to say about the incident:
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.
Air indecent material? Has Mr. Winter ever used an expletive within earshot of another person?
He continued with:
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.The instance was aired live across the country, and before the FCC’s designated ‘Safe Harbor’ time everywhere but along the East Coast.
What part of live television does Mr. Winter not understand? I'm guessing it's the live part.
So, what I'm taking from those quotes is that CBS, in all of its broadcasting power, is supposed to implement measures knowing that any football player is going to accidentally drop an f-bomb within earshot of a television microphone during the Super Bowl.
Is this guy for real?
It's the Super Bowl! The passion and intensity are what make this game exciting to watch. It wasn't like Joe Flacco was malicious in what he said.
CBS should be given credit where credit is due. A tape delay was implemented for the halftime show just in case Beyonce had any problems during her performance.
Mr. Winter was quick to remind CBS what happened during its 2004 broadcast of the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show:
Now nine years after the infamous Janet Jackson incident, the broadcast networks continue to have ‘malfunctions’ during the most-watched television event of the year, and enough is enough.
He didn't stop there:
After more than four years of inaction on broadcast decency enforcement, the FCC must step up to its legal obligation to enforce the law, or families will continue to be blindsided.
That "infamous" incident led to CBS incurring a $550,000 fine by the FCC; however, the fine was overturned after an eight-year court battle, according to Entertainment Weekly.
This "incident" shouldn't hang over the head of Flacco or CBS; neither did anything wrong. Mr. Winter will just have to wait until next year's Super Bowl broadcast to find something else to complain about.