Colbert Funny Story Activates Lots Of Fcc Complaints From All Political Stripes

| Getty Colbert joke prompts thousands of FCC complaints from all political stripesDisgruntled viewers of Stephen Colbert’s late-night show on CBS complained to the FCC that a sexually explicit joke about President Donald Trump and his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is “beneath the dignity of American broadcasting,” and urged the agency to sanction the network.
A sample of the more than 5,700 complaints that flooded the agency since Colbert’s joke on the May 1 episode of “The Late Show” included concerns about indecency, hate speech and homophobia from across the political spectrum.
Such a review is standard protocol for the FCC, and doesn’t imply the complaints have merit.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the agency is reviewing the complaints.
The number of complaints about Stephen Colbert’s joke is dwarfed by the more than half a million the agency received over Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl on CBS.

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