NBC‘s censors watching the live feed from the 71st Golden Globe Awards had quick fingers tonight, maybe too quick. Viewers were surprised when the bizarre, rambling speech of the night’s second winner, Jacqueline Bisset of Starz‘s Dancing On The Edge, was silenced after the orchestra began playing her off. It seemed like her mike had been cut off over time limit until it went back live to a loud and clear “sh*t.” It was part of the line, “I want to thank the people who have given me joy, and there have been many, and the people who have given me sh*t.” But instead of muting the last word, the sensors silenced the phrase just before it, “and the people who have given me.” The slip likely will bring back the ghost of the “fleeting expletives” case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Check out the clip:
It stemmed from complaints about profanities making their ways to the live broadcasts of several awards shows, including Bono saying “This is really, really, f**king brilliant”in his acceptance speech at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards. Coincidentally, Bono was again a winner tonight for best original song, U2’s “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, but kept his remarks clean (and deeply emotional). Fleeting expletives is why the broadcast networks instituted a seven-second delay on live broadcasts, so profanities can be caught and bleeped before the live feed is beamed to the world. However, the censoring malfunctioned tonight. Exacerbating things for NBC is the fact that incident happened during the so called “family hour” at 8 PM on the East Coast and even earlier, a little after 5, in the West.