The Problem

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for enforcing decency standards on broadcast TV and radio. Though these standards prohibit profanity and nudity, they are not currently enforced. This page will keep you updated on the latest news and how you can help! Check back often to stay informed and to help hold the FCC accountable.


June 2012 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the FCC is free to enforce federal broadcast TV indecency law in FCC v. Fox.

In 2012, the FCC bragged that they threw out more than 1 million indecency (nudity and profanity) complaints by concerned citizens without investigating them simply because too much time had lapsed before they could get to them, making it clear that the networks are free to break the rules. The FCC still has approx. 500,000 public complaints. Are they willing to investigate and enforce these at least? Since they have not enforced a single decency regulation since 2008, we feel it is unlikely.

April 2013 – The FCC announced they are considering weakening current broadcast decency standards. Specifically, if enacted, the new FCC policy would allow network television and local radio stations to air the f-word, the s-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening.

June 2013 – Over 105,000 public comments were filed in regarding the proposed changes to current decency standards, nearly all comments called on the FCC to keep current standards which prohibit nudity and profanity.

Take Action

Contact Congress & FCC

Sign Petition To FCC

File a Complaint

If you witnessed nudity, profanity or other indecent material on broadcast television, please do the following:

1. File an official complain with the FCC here.

2. Report violations to us so we can hold the FCC accountable.



Call your Congressman

Ask your Senators and Representatives to pressure the FCC commissioners and Chairman Tom Wheeler to enforce the decency standards.

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Grocer Response To Sports Illustrated Complaints

Grocers refuse to place pornographic images behind blinders, despite the plea of thousands of concerned patrons.

Sports Illustrated SI 2015 header

Action: Cancel the New TV Show ‘Sex Box’

Sign the petition to cancel the new TV show, Sex Box!

Fisting, Anal Sex, Penis Pictures: Broadcast TV’s Ratings Grab Gets Raunchy (The Hollywood Reporter)

This season, broadcast TV isn’t for the prudish. Nearly two months into the fall, it’s clear that explicit jokes and boundary-pushing storylines are changing the definition of what sexual content is acceptable in prime­time.


Comment to FCC re: Comcast’s & Time Warner Cable’s Merger Request

FCC should work to assure that families be given the free market ability to pick and pay for programming that best suits their needs and their values. The public should not be forced to cross-subsidize the enormous bundled channel packages of channels that include unwanted and often objectionable programming.


DECENCY FIGHT VICTORY: Meeting with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Yesterday, May 6, 2014, we had a meeting with the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler.

We are pleased by the outcome of today’s meeting. We are nearly certain that this new standard to allow nudity will not be implemented and are hopeful that under newly appointed Chairman Wheeler, the current standards will be enforced.


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Contact FCC

Contact The FCC

To File an official complaint:

Address: Federal Communications Commission / 445 12th Street, SW / Washington, DC 20554


Phone: 1-888-225-5322

Fax: 1-866-418-0232




FCC Commissioners

Chairman Tom Wheeler:; (202) 418-1000

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn:; (202) 418-2100

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel:; (202) 418-2400

Commissioner Ajit Pai:; (202) 418-2000

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly:; (202) 418-2200

Press, Comments or Questions

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For general comments or questions about this project, please contact us at or call 202-393-7245.