FCC Chair Endorses Red Sox F-Bomb

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz got the Federal Communications Commission’s seal of approval after he dropped an F-bomb in a pre-game speech that was broadcast on live television. Ortiz’s R-rated remarks were delivered on the field at Fenway Park before the first Red Sox home game since Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. 

“This is our fucking city,” Ortiz said. “And nobody gonna dictate our freedom. Stay strong. Thank you.”

The FCC regulates “obscenity, indecency and profanity” on radio and television and often issues fines for on-air swearing. However, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a statement of support for Ortiz on the agency’s official Twitter account after the game.

“David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston,” Genachowski wrote.

 

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