|Laughter pealed through Illinois College’s Sibert Theatre as students listened to a recording of comedian George Carlin rattling off the seven dirty words you can never say on television.|
The message was quite serious, though.
Carlin, who died in 2008, first spoke out about “the filthy words” in May 1972 during a seven-minute routine he delivered onstage in Santa Monica, Calif. Two months later he was arrested on obscenity charges after performing the same skit in Milwaukee.
A lawsuit resulting from a radio station airing a modified version of the “Seven Dirty Words” bit made it all the way to the Supreme Court, which by a majority decision ruled in 1978 that the act was indecent, but not obscene. However, because the broadcast occurred during the daytime when a child could accidentally be exposed to profanity the Court said the Federal Communications Commission could regulate offensive content on broadcasts between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Read the rest of the story by Maria Nagle in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier.