Although The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reversed it’s opinion on two ‘indecency’ cases, it reaffirmed its findings that Cher and Nicole Richie breached broadcast standards after uttering the F-word in separate award-show TV appearances.
No fines were proposed for the Cher and Richie incidents, as heard on Fox during the 2002 Billboard Music Awards and 2003 Billboard Music Awards, respectively.
The duo was saved from paying the fine, as the ‘indecency’ incidents occurred before the FCC decided that the F-word was bad even when used as an adjective, rather than a verb.
“Ms. Richie frequently used indecent language in inappropriate contexts,” E!online quoted FCC’s decision, as saying.
According to the FCC, Richie did not stick to her script at an award show during a banter session with fellow presenter and Simple Life co-star Paris Hilton.
Richie had to say: “Have you ever tried to get cow manure out of a Prada purse? It’s not so freaking simple,” but instead she substituted ‘s—t’ for ‘manure’ and ‘[bleep]ing’ for ‘freaking.’
A year earlier, at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, it was Cher who used indecent language while accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award. She had said: “People have been telling me I’m on the way out every year, right? So [blee] em.” (ANI)