After the Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East Division (despite losing to the New York Yankees that same night), New England cable channel NESN live broadcasted the Red Sox’s locker room celebration.
However, unlike local Boston station WBZ-TV, NESN didn’t come equipped with a little red button that bleeps out cuss words when they’re said on live TV, as a local news anchor for WBZ-TV pointed out:
— David Wade (@davidwade) September 29, 2016
NESN didn’t seem to notice that along with covering the locker room celebration for Red Sox fans, they were also subjecting viewers to multiple “F-bombs” being shouted by the athletes.
And as CBS Boston reports, those parents who allowed their children to stay up to watch their favorite team celebrate were not too happy:
@NESN wow, I can't believe that I just had to turn a great experience for my 7 yr old into an explanation of why we just heard 7+ F Bombs.
— Jose Andre (@J_Andre57) September 29, 2016
— Brendan Flaherty (@Brendan1965) September 29, 2016
— Matt Fraser (@mfrashe8) September 29, 2016
Next time you broadcast the AL East Championship from the locker room, you may want to be on delay. How many f-bombs were there? #nesn
— Boston Hurricane (@BostonHurricane) September 29, 2016
Shame on @NESN for staying with Red Sox celebration with F-bombs flying. I know it's cable but that was brutal.
— John Holt (@JohnHoltTV) September 29, 2016
Hmmm…ok kids time for bed…this is apparently NESN after dark. #redsox
— Terry Eliasen (@TerryWBZ) September 29, 2016
— Doctor Paula (@drpaula65) September 29, 2016
If you don't want your kids to hear swear words, then you should probably not DVR the NESN live feed right now!
— Steve Marchand (@marchandsteve) September 29, 2016
— Jeff T (@JTINMASS) September 29, 2016
@NESN exposing lots of kids to some new vocabulary right now
— Kenny Carberry (@kennycarberry) September 29, 2016
— Melissa Reynolds (@Missy_rey) September 29, 2016
NESN THINK OF THE CHILDREN. Language.
— 13thStreetSports (@13thStreetSport) September 29, 2016
TC shocked… ABHORRED at the atrocious language that aired live on NESN tonight.
— Bob Henderson (@rvh95) September 29, 2016
Although many thought NESN would be subjected to fines from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for allowing such language to filter through their channel, that will not be the case.
The FCC restricts profane content — which is not a form of protected speech — from being broadcast on network television between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm, as it is likely that children may be watching during those times. However, because cable and satellite TV are subscription-based broadcasts, these restrictions do not apply.
NESN is available through cable and satellite providers in most of New England, and through certain cable and satellite providers across the country. As a result, it does not fall under the FCC restrictions.
While some parents were up in arms, others watching the celebration, who were mature enough to hear the language being used by the athletes, felt that it was the parents’ job to protect their children from bad language—not NESN’s:
It was 11 PM at night and these are grown men! They had every right to say whatever they wanted.
— Adora (@chips1022) September 29, 2016
a) idk what parents were expecting
b) why were kids up at 10 PM on a school night?
c) get over yourselveshttps://t.co/oOSa2Amuz0
— Ben Fountain (@BJFountain) September 29, 2016
Despite becoming a trending topic on Twitter because of the debacle, NESN has yet to make a statement on not censoring their broadcast.
You can watch — and hear — some of the celebration below. (Warning: Graphic language)