BEST FALL FROM SLEAZE

Bubba the Love Sponge

Bubba always let it be known that he was a breast man, so it seems fitting that he was undone by Janet Jackson´s nipple. Bubba was a victim of a major backlash of indecency on the airwaves, sparked by Miss Jackson´s ¨wardrobe malfunction¨ during the Super Bowl halftime show. Maybe it´s not all that simple, but ask yourself this: Would the Sponge be jobless if Janet hadn´t flashed her boob? We doubt it. Some pundits, even those who disliked the shock jock´s antics, have cried foul, saying that his First Amendment Rights were violated. Not exactly: Jackson´s gaffe proved a flashpoint for a new decency movement; Congress reacted to an outraged constituency, corporations looked to cover their asses, and Bubba bit the dust. From here, that looks like free speech at work. If his ouster were a true act of censorship, we might be a little sympathetic, but it was more a matter of a sleaze jock testing the limits and then finally finding them. The Tampa Bay airwaves are less trashy as a result.

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