Jose Luis Sin Censura, a Spanish public television talk show, is on the receiving end of an indecency complaint (PDF) from both GLAAD and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, which mouthed off to the FCC about how the program regularly “contains indecent, profane, and obscene material, offensive language, nudity, and on-air verbal and physical attacks against women as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.” So what’s the problem?
GLAAD writes in a release, going after the show’s broadcast KRCA Los Angeles and licensee/distributor Liberman Broadasting:
In over twenty episodes that aired between June 18 and December 7, 2010, the program contained images and language of the nature that is never displayed or is bleeped out of pre-taped English-language programs of the same nature, including the words “pinche” (“f*cking” in English) and “culero” (“assf*cker”), anti-gay language, including epithets such as “”maricón,” “joto” and “puñal” (or “f*ggot”), and anti-Latino slurs, such as “mojado” (“wetback”). The program frequently featured blatant nudity and female guests have been shown in violent fights. Hypersexualized images of women’s breasts and genitals while stripping for male guests and audience members also make up routine offerings. Guests and audience members were often incited to engage in verbal and even physical attacks, especially against people perceived to be LGBT. Many episodes showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets and profanity at guests.
Now, for the winning soundbite, from NHMC President Alex Nogales’ statement: “This program is way overboard, and goes far beyond a fleeting moment of expletives or nudity. José Luis makes Jerry Springer look like Mr. Rogers.” Ratings? They just saw a 20% spike.
If the FCC does intervene and issue an indecency finding against the show, it’ll be the first time the federal agency did so in more than three years.