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Fox Thumbs Nose at $91K FCC Fine

Calls indecency ruling on strippers 'arbitrary and capricious'
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2008 11:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Think strippers and whipped cream is indecent? Pshaw, says Fox, which wants the FCC to drop a $91,000 indecency fine for a 2003 episode of “Married by America” in which contestants at rowdy parties licked whipped cream off topless strippers. The network originally was fined $1.2 million, reports Bloomberg, but the FCC decided to impose $7,000 fines only on the 13 stations that received complaints.

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Fox, which has consistently challenged FCC indecency rulings, called the fines “arbitrary and capricious.” The FCC said it would continue to enforce indecency standards and called the scenes “pandering and titillating.” A federal appeals court ruled in Fox's favor in a recent case dealing with one-time expletives in live settings. The Supreme Court plans to review the ruling. (Read more Fox stories.)

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