Even now, with the Supreme Court's two rulings in the last week upholding the fleeting, spontaneous "fuck" regulation on a 5-4 vote and sending the Jackson boob back to a federal appeals court to reconsider its overturning of a fine, Democratic Senator John D. Rockefeller declared, "We must be doing more, not less, to give the FCC and parents all across America the resources they need to protect their children from indecent programming." Once a prison bitch, always a prison bitch.
Of course, it probably doesn't need to be pointed out that by the time the Congress was arguing about fucks and tits, America was waterboarding the fucking tits off Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and more or less making psychological and physical wrecks out of other detainees in various prisons, with the Abu Ghraib photos just coming out. But, especially to Republicans, there was far, far more indecency in that nipple.
The things considered priorities in this country are astounding. We can't hold people accountable who have wiped their ass with our Constitution, justified acts that are so antithetical to our real values, yet we can deem a network responsible for a fleeting glimpse of a body part all of us have.
When I was growing up, my mother had a subscription to Stern magazine (for those who don't know, she was a German immigrant). There were half-naked women in every issue, sort of like The Sun's 'Page 3 Girls'. I was never forbidden to look at them and my mother was happy I kept up my German language skills by reading the articles. I was raised to understand the human body was nothing to treat as 'dirty' or pornographic. The 'moral values' crowd doesn't get, or doesn't want to get, the difference between nudity and porn (and we won't even talk about their version of 'obscenity').
It was impressed upon me, most deeply, the horror and tragedy of war and the immorality of racism. I learned that the deprivation of human and civil rights were far, far worse that a child getting a glimpse of a naked body part.
We have become a nation of petty, trifling prudes. We allow ourselves to get sidetracked by the most insignificant things and completely lose touch with The Big Picture. We allowed this nation to be turned into a Third World toilet run by tin horn dictators while we worried about stupid little shit. From Janet Jackson's nipple to Freedom Fries, the crap we devote attention to, while disregarding our nation's crumbling foundations, is unbelievable.
Don't worry, Church Lady. Seeing an exposed breast won't fuck Little Johnny up nearly as much as sending him to a war we had no reason to be in.