Static From The Geek-In-Chief: NBC No Home Sweet Home for Mötley Crüe
After sabotaging themselves on national TV by using the most unmentionable of curse words, costing themselves future TV appearances and potentially thousands of sales, what’s an aging rock band to do?
The answer is simple: sue the bastards!
The story: on a New Year’s Eve appearance on the generally unwatchable Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Vince Neil, the rotund lead singer of the infamous metal band Mötley Crüe caused a rare moment of spontaneity when he let loose with a big, fat, juicy F word. The network responded, in kind, by banning the band from NBC for life.
Now the Crüe is saying that NBC’s actions are discriminatory and they’re suing for damages, claiming the network is preventing them from doing business by keeping them off NBC Universal’s properties. Pardon my ignorance, but how many more Peacock appearances did the Crüe think they were going to get? Sure, maybe a spot on Conan or Carson Daly, but where else? I’m not sure the folks at CNBC were clamoring to book them for an appearance on Power Lunch anytime soon, or if Tommy Lee was slotted for a future Queer Eye makeover on Bravo.
Whether one agrees with the increasingly strict FCC indecency guidelines (I don’t) is irrelevant. The truth is, thanks to Janet Jackson exposing her 40-year old flapjack during the Superbowl, there’s no room for error. Huge fines and broadcast licenses are at stake, and media giants must take steps to cover their collective kiesters. Banning a potty-mouthed 80’s hair band with expanding waistlines and waning popularity seems like a safe bet.
Also, I’m not sure when appearing on network television became an entitlement- nothing says anyone has to have you on. Especially when you do your best Al Swerengen impression on a nationally televised broadcast.
But the biggest reason to sue, of course, is the added publicity these “bad boys” are sure to get. The cynic in me would suggest the suit was nothing more than a gimmick to keep the Mötleys in the public eye long enough to squeeze out a couple more album sales. After all, they have to pay for the Weight Watchers and those visits to Dr. Feelgood somehow.
It’s the American way! Rock on!
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