We all remember how apeshit America went over Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. ‘Murcia has no trouble with endless bloody violence on prime time network TV, but flash a nipple for less than half a second and their heads explode.
The Federal Communications Commission–the unelected body that regulates broadcasting in the US with an iron fist–has received no fewer than 53 complaints about nipples for this year’s Super Bowl, too. Whose nips? Those belonging to Flea and Anthony of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Someone from Forestville, California, wrote: “I found it indecent that I had to see the nipples of Anthony Kiedis and Flea on the halftime show. Both men and women should have to wear shirts. There are children watching for goodness sake!!!”
From Los Angeles: “So how is it okay for male performers to perform shirtless showing both nipples, yet you sanction nipple showing by Janet Jackson? That’s sexism!”
From O’Fallon, Missouri: “The halftime show had a gatuitous [sic] display of nudity and the nipples of more than one adult were displayed on Broadcast TV. Specifically the performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If Janet Jackson can’t show a nipple, the [sic] neither should they. I found this performance offensive by the same standards that Janet Jackson’s performance was found to be offensive.”
And from Brooklyn, New York: “THIS PERSON NAMED ANTHONY KIEDIS WAS NAKED TO THE WASTE [sic], THRUSTING HIS PELVIS, SAYING THAT “WHAT HE GOT HE GOT TO GIVE IT PUT IT IN YOU.” HE IS CLEARLY TALKING ABOUT HIS PENIS. I AM SHOCKED AND OFFENDED THAT THE FCC WOULD ALLOW THIS FILTH, FIRST JANET JACKSON TALKING ABOUT BREASTESES [sic], THEN PAUL MCCARTNEY TALKING ABOUT MARIJUANA, THEN BRUNO MARS TALKING ABOUT MY PENIS [Um, your penis sir?–AC], NOW ANTHONY KIEDIS TALKING ABOUT HIS PENIS. STOP THIS NOW!
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