Should Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake or anyone else actually be PUNISHED for the Superbowl Titty Massacre? My personal emotional gut reaction is not necessarily a reliable guide to best public policy, but my valve would instinctively suggest just forgetting it. Jeez, it's just a couple of seconds of tit. On the bad side, they might merit the modest punishment of a little public ridicule for their foolishness.
On the other hand, a self-described "wild, bloodthirsty savage Comanche redskin" pretty much wants their scalps. Does this display run afoul of public indecency laws? Is it legal to take your clothes off to that extent in public?
David Yeagley aka Bad Eagle takes a fairly harsh, but seemingly reasonable outlook:
It's called "indecent exposure," and all states have laws about it. Texas has plenty of them. Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor, unless children are involved, and then it's a felony. Millions of American children (under 17) were involved.
Jackson and Timberlake should therefore be charge with a mass felony, and immediately convicted, and fined, and sentenced to appropriate jail time.
Damn, that does sound kinda mean, but the man has a point. How exactly in principle is this different from Chester the Molester flashing children in the park? Or is that cool now, too?
This was fairly minor nudity, and there were other parts of that little show that were arguably more objectionable without specific nudity. Still, she made a point of pushing it to the wall with nudity in the middle of a prime time broadcast network Superbowl appearance.
Or are we now hereby proclaiming public nudity a constitutional legal free speech right or something? Not that there's anythng wrong with that...
POST SCRIPT, 2-11-2004:
For my part, yup I often visit "racist" websites, though I'm not necessarily always thinking of them in that way. For example, I frequently visit Mac Diva's Mac-a-ronies site, Al Sharpton's campaign site (I'm VERY MUCH looking forward to voting for him in the Indiana primary) and Islamist sites from time to time. I also have been known to check out Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, KKK sites, and the NAACP.