Sorry, Cas. When I heard about it, I thought the same thing as JakPat. Then I read the article and found that Fonda didn't say "Cunt, cunt, cunity, cunt."
Jane Fonda obscenity hits NBC - Entertainment News, In Decency, Media - Variety
Jane Fonda obscenity hits NBC
'Today' show viewers get a provocative earful
By WILLIAM TRIPLETT
Viewers of NBC's "Today" show got a provocative Valentine's Day surprise when thesp Jane Fonda uttered a four-letter word widely considered demeaning and offensive to women.Host Meredith Vieira was asking the outspoken Fonda about her appearance in the play "The Vagina Monologues," which includes a segment called "Cunt" that Fonda delivers and which she named during her answer.
When first invited to join the cast of the play to read that segment, Fonda declined, in part because of its title. But then she met the playwright, Eve Ensler, who was also on the "Today" show with her, and saw the play, and changed her mind.
A Peacock spokeswoman said the net is letting Vieira's on-air apology to viewers serve as comment for the entire company.
"You know, before we go to break, in our last half-hour we were talking about 'The Vagina Monologues,' and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don't say on television," Vieira said to the camera. "It was a slip, and obviously she apologizes, and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience, so please accept that apology."
Activist group Parents Television Council, which has pressured federal officials to crack down on broadcast indecency, was not placated.
"If an NBC employee used the 'c-word' to another employee, that employee would be suspended or even fired," PTC prexy and former NBC employee Tim Winter said in a statement. "While NBC's apology is helpful, it is not enough -- millions of families were indeed offended. NBC must change its broadcasting practices and implement a time delay on all of its live broadcasts, thereby ensuring that this type of language does not air on the publicly owned airwaves."
An immediate Federal Communications Commission indecency action is unlikely since the agency's policy on live, fleeting expletives is under court challenge.