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FCC New Rules Require Disclaimer on Satire

April 22, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) introduced new rules last week which will affect satirical television shows such as Robot Chicken and Beavis & Butthead. The new rules implement audientibus est stultus clauses which will prevent audience members from thinking that the characters in the act are real, or refer to people in the real world.

“There has been some confusion with people, especially young people, that the actors are making fun of real people. This is of concern to the FCC,” said FCC spokesperson Neil Grace.

Producers are unsure how to develop new shows, as the ruling has a stifling effect on people’s enjoyment of the show.

“How are we supposed to inject humor into contemporary discourse if we can’t make fun of people?” said Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live.

But we all know that making fun of people is bad. Didn’t you ever hear that if you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything? My mother taught me that years ago. I turned out great. The FCC should make more rules like this. It’s like living in a 1950s wonderland. Men were men, women were women, and kids kept their mouths shut.

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