One of the offenses was use of the words "fu*k" and "motherfu*ker" in Aphex Twin's video for "Windowlicker".
"Ofcom concluded that this material was not justified by the context of broadcasts that were likely to appeal to children and that the likely audience would have expected to have been protected from the most offensive language and material in such programming," the regulator said in a statement.
The regulator received 16 complaints about an Aphex Twin video broadcast on TMF at 8.20pm in June 2006 with repeated use of the words "motherfu*ker", "fu*k" and "fu*k you". (Guardian)
Fair enough. I think a low six-figure slap on the wrist for a powerhouse like MTV is pretty reasonable when they decide to drop F-bombs at 8:00 in the evening. (NOTE: Ofcom didn't seem too concerned with repeated use of the word "nigg*r" in the video.)
But I can't help but think... hmmm, parents were complaining about the language when the content of the video is some of the creepiest stuff since, well... Aphex Twin's "Come To Daddy".
Shoot, forget the "F" word, if I saw "Windowlicker" when I was a 7 year old, my sexuality would be all kinds of messed up today (well, it kinda is anyway, but you catch my drift...). Guys (and gals), remember the first time you discovered boobs? It was a special moment, right? Well, imagine if your introduction to them was via THIS: