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May 26, 2005

Motley Clueless

From the AP via the Washington Times:

Motley Crue has sued NBC for banning the group after lead singer Vince Neil used an expletive during a live broadcast of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

The federal lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, accuses the network of violating the band's free-speech rights and hurting its record sales by barring it from NBC shows to placate the Federal Communications Commission. The suit seeks a court order lifting the ban as well as unspecified damages.

What are theses guys smoking? They expose NBC to the potential for serious fines; they force people who'd rather not hear filth like that to hear it; and now they say because NBC did the smart thing and banned them their rights are being infringed?!?

Though carried live on the East Coast, the remark was excised in other time zones. Neil was unaware his statement was aired live, according to the lawsuit. The FCC said it received complaints about the broadcast.

The lawsuit accuses NBC of singling out the group, saying network officials stopped short of banning other artists who swore on-air, including U2 frontman Bono, who used the same expletive at last year's Golden Globe Awards.

Why is that an argument? If it's “infringing on their First Amendment rights” then it's irrelevant that NBC didn't ban others. Could it be that NBC realized its response wasn't harsh enough, and decided to get more serious about it?

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 26, 2005 09:22 AM

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