Could Fox TV be in for the FCC's first $325,000 language fine? Yes, if the Parent's Television Council has its way. During the coverage of an NFL playoff game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints, a camera lens came to rest on a fan with a "Fuck Da Eagles" T-shirt, and the PTC is up in arms: youtube link of the Fox shot.
As PTC put it on a urgent action call to its members, "Fox deliberately displays the 'f-word' during prime time football game." A crowd shot lingered for about five seconds on a female football fan wearing a t-shirt that said "F*** DA EAGLES." PTC said, "There can be no doubt that this was an intentional airing of patently offensive language on the public airwaves, as the person wearing the profane t-shirt was culled by Fox Network's broadcast crew from more than 70,000 spectators in the stadium. The camera operator selected that particular woman and the director and/or producers of the event made an affirmative and conscious decision to air the shot from that particular camera, forcing the f-word into millions of homes. Furthermore, the v-chip would not and could not have protected children and families from the type of content evidenced here." Fox apologized, saying, "The shot was inadvertent and unintentional and we apologize."