Stephen Colbert and Hugh Laurie “Bring it” to Broadcast TV

    August 7, 2013
    Lea Leonard
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Drop a challenge? Leave it up to funny man pundit Stephen Colbert to lay down a gauntlet.

During an episode of the Colbert Report, a popular late-night cable show, he paired up with British actor Sir Hugh Laurie for an airing that was anything but typical.

An appeal for a broader interpretation of television’s indecency standards by multiple broadcast networks prompted Colbert to dish up his own bawdy brand of comedy in response. He, along with Laurie, with much dramatic air, spoke aloud phrases such as “nutsack” and “cooch juice”; seemingly labeled too “hot” for broadcast television. ABC, CBS and NBC, television’s broadcast “trinity,” say that under the current standards, they cannot maintain the level of viewership enjoyed by powerhouses’ such as Viacom.
It wasn’t the first time Colbert was reported as upsetting the boundaries acceptability. According to FCC reports, there have been more than a dozen complaints for indecency levied against the Colbert Report and the late-night talk show host. One report, submitted by phone to the FCC in 2008 says an episode of the Colbert Report advocates racist violence.

“The Colbert Report featured Toby Keith as a guest star. Toby Keith performed a racist song that advocates lynching. The song includes the following lyrics: ‘Grandpappy told my pappy back in my day, son A man had to answer for the wicked that he’d done. Take all the rope in Texas Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys Hang them high in the street For all the people to see’ The violent, racist history of the southern U.S. is nothing to be proud of. This blatant advocation of lynching is highly offensive and has no place on the air.”

Another FCC complaint characterized the Colbert Report as promoting necrophilia.

“Colbert did a report about a new exhibit dedicated solely to dead bodies having sex as part of the Body Worlds exhibitions. Onscreen for several minutes was a photo of one of the displays from the exhibit featuring the dead bodies of a man and a woman having sex. The woman was seated upright on top of the man. I was not happy to have my teenage son see this.”

When responding to broadcast networks’ “cultural appeal” for freedom, Colbert taunted with a biting wit.

“ You can whack my bag anytime.”

  • Thomas

    maybe stations like CBS should stop trying to make viacom money and do what they are there for… provide a public service to the american people. They take our money for that very reason do they not.

    Who cares about ratings? They should be complaining about how their sponsers force them to be bias towards the news.

    Also i fail to see how toby keith was racist……Just because people have racist minds and attribute everything to race … why should others be judged?

    or how that’s an example of necrophilia if there were no living people involved.

  • Brian

    I think people need to stop being so damn sensitive. People like the FCC and all of these goody goody mothers who are trying to control what I am allowed to watch and saying that this is to suggestive to profane its not like that’s the only thing on TV you have the ability to change the channel so change it then you don’t have to worry about it. Stop trying to tell me what I can and cannot watch or hear or see.

  • Hmmm…..

    People are hypocrites. We want to be “decent” with the way we talk, but none of our actions are decent. The “good” people of this world sentence others to decades in prison for relatively small incidents that are blown out of proportion. The “good” people of this world want to bomb people from other countries even though they don’t even know a single person from that country. The “good” people of this world want mercy extended to them, but never give mercy to others.

    In the United States, the “good” people are not all that good and are simply hypocrites.