FCC Investigating Stephen Colbertâs Homophobic Jokes; Russian Newspaper Fat Shames Women and Slams
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking into complaints about the homophobic jokes made by late-night host Stephen Colbert on his show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Colbert sparked controversy when he unleashed a profanity-laced rant against President Donald Trump on Monday night, calling him a "presidunce" and a "holster" for Russian President Vladimir Putin's penis.
According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency received "a number of complaints" about Colbert's remarks and will review them as part of its standard procedure. Pai said that the FCC will apply the law and its regulations to the facts and take appropriate action if necessary. He added that the FCC does not regulate content based on political views or opinions, but rather on whether it meets the legal definition of obscenity or indecency.
Obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment and is subject to criminal prosecution. Indecency, on the other hand, is speech that is offensive or vulgar but not obscene, and is restricted on broadcast television and radio between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., when children are likely to be watching or listening. The FCC can impose fines or revoke licenses for violating these rules.
Colbert defended his jokes on Wednesday night, saying that he had no regrets and that he would do it again. He said that he was expressing his frustration with Trump's treatment of CBS News journalist John Dickerson, whom Trump abruptly cut off during an interview at the White House. Colbert said that he loves Dickerson and that he was offended by Trump's disrespect for him and the press. He also said that he was surprised by the backlash and that he did not intend to hurt anyone with his jokes.
Meanwhile, a Russian newspaper has come under fire for fat shaming women and slamming them for wearing leggings. The newspaper, called Komsomolskaya Pravda, published an article on Tuesday titled "Leggings: A Threat to Health and Morality". The article claimed that leggings are harmful for women's health because they cause cellulite, varicose veins, fungal infections and infertility. It also said that leggings are immoral because they expose women's bodies and provoke sexual harassment.
The article was written by a male journalist named Alexander Potapov, who said that he was inspired by a recent incident in which two teenage girls were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings. Potapov said that he agreed with the airline's decision and that leggings are not appropriate for public places. He said that leggings are only suitable for sports or home use, and that women who wear them outside are either ignorant or exhibitionists.
The article sparked outrage among many Russian women, who took to social media to criticize Potapov and Komsomolskaya Pravda for their sexist and offensive views. Some women posted photos of themselves wearing leggings with hashtags such as #leggingsarenotathreat and #leggingsarenotimmoral. They also accused Potapov of being a hypocrite, pointing out that he often posts photos of himself shirtless or in tight-fitting clothes on his Instagram account. aa16f39245