Following her comments made during the 2006 Emmy Awards live telecast on Sunday, August 27, Helen Mirren has received complaints from the Parents Television Council (PTC). The organization claimed the actress' language to be indecent as she joked she almost fell "a** over t*t" upon stepping up to receive one of the night's Best Actress awards for her portrayal of the title role in HBO's "Elizabeth I."
What made PTC so infuriated over it was that the comments aired before 10 p.m. in the Central and Mountain time zones, when federal law prevents obscene language on over-the-air broadcasts. The organization officials consider that NBC as the network broadcasting the awards event should have censored the comments.
"It is utterly irresponsible and atrocious for NBC to air this vulgar language -- when millions of children were in the viewing audience," so PTC President L. Brent Bozell has said through a written statement. The group itself has placed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission and urged its members in the two time zones to carry out the same action.
Awards shows seem to have caused indecency problems for U.S networks for years. Back in 2002, Cher was spotted to utter the work "f***" at the year's Billboard Music Awards on FOX followed by Bono who used the same word during NBC's broadcast of the 2003 Golden Globe Awards.