You might not be a Philly sports fan if you enjoy rooting for the Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Mets, Braves, Celtics, Rangers or Devils.
You also might not be a Philly sports fan if you formally file a complaint with the FCC over Chase Utley’s F-word miscue during the post-World Series celebratory rally
According to an article by Michael Klein over at the Inquirer, the FCC received 26 individual complaints over Utley’s colorful language. Let’s see just what exactly they had to say about the “issue:”
“If they didn’t want such words to be broadcast, they should have aired [it] on a delay to catch any obscene language…Pull [the network’s] license to broadcast.”
I can understand the argument for a delay. However, seeing as nobody really expected this language to come over the airwaves, it’s equally understandable for the networks not to run on a delay. As for pulling the broadcast license of every major network in the area, well, I just don’t see that happening.
“[Utley] should be disciplined for his lack of respect towards his fans and in particular the children exposed to such vulgarity. . . . The broadcasters are not at fault. Chase Utley is.”
There’s no doubt that Chase Utley is “at fault” for what happened; he is the one who said The Word. But to call a person who has made a conscious effort to work for the community, who has made it known that he is an avid animal rights advocate, who has done nothing but be the upstanding star second baseman during his five-plus year career here and, as far as anyone here can tell me, has been polite and friendly toward all the fans he’s come in contact with disrespectful – well that’s just foolish.
But hey, it’s all about what-have-you-done-lately, and one misstep automatically makes him disrespectful.
“This was not a casual slip. This was an intentional misuse and abuse of the public airwaves. . . . How am I to explain such profanity to my child?”
Many people claim that Utley’s bomb was planned; or at least they infer as such from a “knowing” glance he shared with Jayson Werth just prior to The Utterance. Who can prove this? Who thinks Chase Utley just up and decides, “hey, I’m always a classy guy on and off the field, I think I’ll just go ahead and ruin that image right now!” Claiming deliberate action is just foolish.
And, uh, be a parent. Say a player got caught up in the emotion of the moment, said a bad word, and that’s that. Show them footage of his apology at the start of his press conference from Monday, and move on. Profanity is only a big deal because we make it so.
“It was embarrassing that he was allowed to do that and if there are no ramifications I will be furious. Is there no platform that is sacred anymore?”
Heaven forbid someone get too excited about something! (By the way, Utley faces no possible ramifications, only the networks. Legalese)
As for the sanctity of your precious tube, well, look at the program guide for VH1 or MTV over the past five years and decide whether the medium you’ve been viewing has been so “sacred.”
“I heard it here in Camden…That sort of language is no big deal. . . except that Howard Stern was driven off free radio by you, the FCC, because of content and bad words and the like. It’s only fair that broadcasters be held to the same standards. . . . Fine KYW as much as you are legally allowed to fine them! . . . Lord knows the US Treasury could use the money.”
So somebody was (is) still bitter about Howard Stern’s departure from free radio to Sirius a couple years back, and somehow finds this comparable.
Howard Stern’s business was to be as provocative and explicit as was allowed – and even a bit beyond what was allowed – by the FCC. Chase Utley is a baseball player who had won the World Series two days prior.
Somehow, I fail to see the relevance.
Look, I realize that we can’t all be sports fans. But a little bit of understanding and empathy that reaches out beyond your own person sphere of reality is sometimes called for. This is one of those times.
Oh, who am I kidding. That won’t happen with these people. Go root for the Mets.