The FCC Between These Thighs

WARNING: This column is for thinking adults and is meant to offend.
The only thing that was on my mind
Was just shoving my dick up this bitch's behind
I looked at the girl and said
Babe, your ass ain't nothing but a base hit
I'm going to have to get rid of your ass, yeah
'Cause you're on my dick, dick, ding-a-ling
You might not be surprised that the Federal Communications Commission used these lyrics from Hi-C's "I'm Not Your Puppet" as an example in its recently released enforcement policy of broadcast indecency. The FCC issued the radio and TV guidelines of indecent/not indecent seven years after announcing it would and 27 years after the Supreme Court confirmed its authority to do so.

But I was astounded to learn that the FCC has fined community radio KBOO-FM in Portland, Oregon, for playing Sarah Jones' "Your Revolution" during its rap and hip hop program. On advice of its lawyers, KBOO suspended Urban Music Director and unpaid volunteer Deena Barnwell, who spun the profanity-free, critically lauded social commentary.

What was in the song that caused such uproar? Soft and slow, poet/actor/singer Jones repeats, "Your revolution will not happen between these thighs" in a contemporary turn on the classic civil rights poem, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

Jones sings what screams silent from MTV videos; that "The real revolution ain't about bootie size, the Versaces you buys, or the Lexus you drives." She skims the abstinence-only theme with, "Your revolution ain't gonna knock me up without no ring" and "Your revolution will not be you sending me for no drip drip V.D. shot."

And then she gets sexy with feminist sass:
You will not be touching your lips to my triple dip of
French vanilla, butter pecan, chocolate deluxe
Or having Akinyele's dream, um hum
A six foot blow job machine, um hum
You wanna subjugate your Queen, uh-huh
Think I'm gonna put it in my mouth just because you
Made a few bucks?
Please brother please
The 26-year-old artist recalls the song's genesis. At a Puffy-promoted party, "I was standing there like some video ho, singing along to 'bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks.' And I thought, Something has gone awry. This is not me, you know, I disagree!"

But when she stepped up to counter the erosive commercial norm with "Your Revolution," the FCC declared her work to offend the community norm. In its order forcing KBOO to fork over $7000, the FCC maintained that "The rap song 'Your Revolution' contains unmistakable patently offensive sexual references ... the sexual references appear to be designed to pander and shock."

To determine what's offensive, the FCC concentrates on the depiction of "sexual or excretory organs or activities" and its "risk to children." But why the focus on sex and shit? And must offensive, as in unpleasant and insulting, necessarily be a bad thing for kids and the community when it rattles through the numbing blather elsewhere in broadcast land? And who are these people who decide?

Personally, I find old men with young women offensive, but I don't wish to ban Michael Douglas and Sean Connery films. I'm offended by Howard Stern's sophomoric fixation on boobs and farts. By Rush Limbaugh's bloated sense of righteousness. By Dr. Laura's moral hypocrisy. But that comes with the democracy territory, as does Eminem winning Grammys for his violent spew, and Kid Rock winning commercial success and girlfriend Pamela Anderson with such ditties as "Fuck U Blind":
I like that long hair swingin in them Calvin Klines
I pull them young, start fuckin with their virgin minds
I give a fuck about your poppa or your mother
I'll walk up on your ass and bitch slap your brother say
I'll fuck u blind bitch.
As the FCC shields children from feminist Sarah Jones, MTV serves up Kid Rock and Limp Biskit music videos starring America's fave porn babes. Our kids sing along to the heavily played Nine Inch Nails' "I wanna f-bleep-k you like an animal" and the heavier played Limp Biskit's "Nookie":
I did it all for the nookie, c'mon
The nookie, c'mon
So you can take that cookie
And stick it up your...yeah!
Stick it up your...
(Here my 15-year-old nieces turn up the car radio and chime in with "Aaa!" letting me know, without cussing, what nether regions Fred wants to stick it. And like they don't know what nookie means?)

Anyone who listens to morning shock jocks will hear things much cruder and ruder, and less edifying than "Your Revolution." What if KBOO plays another political rap song by Fuck The Creationists, "Why Won't Jesse Helms Just Hurry Up And Die?"
Big fat fuck from North Carolina state
He's a worthless piece of shit, he's a paragon of hate
He's a redneck, fuck-face, brain-dead waste of space
Two-bit, two-timing, motherfucking pool of slime
Against gay rights, and funding for the arts
Tried to cancel PBS and tear Big Bird apart
Cut AIDS funding, corporate welfare for the rich
He's a shameless money grubber, he's a two dollar bitch
Not sure what kind of airtime this song gets, but I wonder if the FCC would deem it obscene should the DJ bleep the cuss words. Or would the white-bread bureaucrats -- who find sexy lyrics protesting mainstream objectification of women indecent and patently offensive -- rather stay between these thighs?

Lara Riscol is writing "Ten Sex Myths That Screw America," a book she began while completing a master's degree in contemporary issues and public policy at the University of Denver. Write to her at sexaware@home.com.
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