The FCC says violent Spike and Buffy sex is A-OK by them.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Will & Grace” passed the indecency test at the FCC on Monday as the agency rejected complaints against the popular TV shows filed by two conservative-leaning interest groups.”
“The PTC, one of the more active groups on the indecency front run by L. Brent Bozell, complained to the commission about an episode of “Buffy” that aired April 22, 2003, on WDCA, a UPN affiliate in Washington. In the episode, the characters Spike and Buffy fight before having sex, according to the order.”
I think (unscientifically) that “Wrecked”–the episode in question, for those who don’t know– would make it somewhere on the “bottom ten” lists of most Buffy fans, past or present. But I also lean towards thinking this isn’t something in which the FCC should be involved (assuming you believe they should be involved with anything, which is open to debate).
Even as I disagree with this–
“The commission noted that there was no nudity and there was no evidence that the activity depicted was dwelled upon or was used to pander, titillate or shock the audience,” the commission said in a release.”
I’m told Thomas Jefferson once said, “The solution to bad speech is more speech.”
In that spirit, I found Buffy “indecent” in its last years according to my standards, so you know what I did? I stopped watching it. And wrote about it and told others why I felt the way I did. I didn’t try to force the show off the air.
Didn’t have to, fortunately.
All that said, I note with some interest that according to the FCC a black woman’s breast is indecent, a heroine submitting to sex with a thug is not.