The FCC Gets Mugged

We told you a while back about the "FCC FU" coffee mugs—and T-shirts and more—being offered by some of the top Hollywood ad talent taking aim at the FCC’s indecency crackdown. But the programming side has gotten in on the "mug the FCC" brandwagon.

The Center for Creative Voices in Media, whose creative voices include
Steven Bochco, Vin
Di Bona (both targets of indecency complaints), Diane English and Tom Fontana, is telling the commission off on coffee cups and cotton T’s in no uncertain terms.

A surf of its "free-speech" store at turned up, among others, the "What the FCC happened to free speech?" mug, coaster and mousepad; the "What Price Free $peech" green T-shirt; and the "Murdoch: It’s Australian for Monopoly, Mate" T-shirt (the Center is also fighting media consolidation with a vengeance).

Center President Jonathan Rintels says," We’re not trying to take it too seriously, and we don’t think they are, either. We’re trying to have a bit of fun."

One strong seller is the women’s "WARNING: do not remove without permission of the FCC" tank top.

Rintels says the firm has received several orders from an unlikely group: FCC staffers.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.