Just a few weeks ago, LeBron James was playing in the NBA Finals when ABC’s camera accidentally caught him adjusting his shorts. As James moved his clothes around, his penis came in full view of the audience watching at home. A few weeks later, the FCC revealed that only 5 people complained after the penis incident, although those that complained had some pretty ridiculous reasons for being upset, including one person who complained about a Tinder date.
Over the weekend, TMZ obtained portions of some of the more bizarre complaints made by people who glimpsed LeBron James’ dick. The best was the one that revealed an individual who admitted to missing a date thanks to rewinding repeatedly to make sure that what ABC had played on the screen was a penis.
There’s also the person who was upset about catching the player’s “tallywacker,” noting he had plenty of time to compare his junk to the NBA players.
Network standards are a lot different than what cable and subscription cable can get away with. Every now and again, a celebrity will attempt an on-air stunt meant as a giant middle finger to the censors. Hell, sometimes they'll just throw up a real middle finger. That's what M.I.A. did during her now-notorious Super Bowl halftime show bird flip, and of course, who could forget that time Janet Jackson’s boob popped out during another Super Bowl show. F-bombs and the like also occasionally pop up during live broadcasts, sometimes earning the ire of the FCC.
In truth, the organization's outrage seems directly related to how many people complain and whether or not the mess-up was clearly an accident. In this case, there's no way ABC intentionally showed the NBA star's privates. It was an utterly bizarre combination of camera angle and timing, though something tells me they'll be very, very careful about zoom-ins in the future, even considering the FCC seems to have given the network a free pass here.
We'll keep you updated if anyone else complains. Until then, make sure you're really in private if you adjust your shorts.
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