America was shaken a few days back when late night host Stephen Colbert, made a highly controversial joke about President Trump. The joke was considered so offensive and homophobic that it immediately drew the attention of the Federal Communications Commission. The agency received a large number of complaints concerning Colbert’s comments.
Following a comprehensive investigation of the remarks made by Colbert, the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai promised to take the “take the appropriate action.” According to the FCC Chairman, the response of the FCC will depend on whether or not the remarks made by Colbert were considered “obscene.”
“We are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts and we’ll take the appropriate action,” he stated on Thursday.
“Traditionally, the agency has to decide, if it does find a violation, what the appropriate remedy should be,” he said. “A fine, of some sort, is typically what we do.”
Prior to viewing Colbert’s comments on Wednesday, Pai pointed out that broadcast television is governed by rules depending on the time of day.
Speech that is considered “indecent” is flagged by the FCC before 10 p.m., according to Pai, and the “obscene” content comes after that point. And taking in mind the fact that Colbert’s “The Late Show” airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS, the content should be put under the “obscene” category.
According to the agency’s website, the content must meet a 3-tier Supreme Court test to be labeled “obscene.”
“It must appeal to an average person’s prurient interest; depict or describe sexual conduct in a ‘patently offensive’ way; and, taken as a whole, lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value,” it reads.
But we all know that the content has no defense at its back, as it was a series of unleashed insults at Trump, satirizing an interview with CBS news that the president cut short one day before.
“The only thing your mouth is good at is being [Russian President] Vladimir Putin’s c—k holster,” he said of Trump.
Colbert on Wednesday defended his joke amid fierce backlash online.
“I don’t regret that,” he said. “[Trump], I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”