Friday, 7 January 2011

charlotte ross

charlotte ross

Back in 2003 TV show NYPD Blue showed Charlotte Ross's bare backside and as a result ABC was hit with a $1.21 million fine for violating broadcast indecenecy standards. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals have now said that ABC does not have to pay these fines as “nudity itself is not per se indecent.”

What does this mean for new shows? Well, if networks know that they aren’t going to be slapped with fines for showing nudity, they might be more inclined to include it in their shows, just for the ratings. It’s one thing to turn on a channel like HBO or Showtime and see nudity: parents have to be aware that those sorts of channels might be showing more than we want our kids to see. But, a network like ABC or CBS? This might especially affect those of you who have tweens or older kids who are up to watch primetime television. If there are no repercussions for showing nudity, what is to stop it from being included in more shows?

So this ruling may end up producing a big trend in nudity being used to boost ratings of programs which may also result in an uproar from people not wanting it.

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