MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell thought it was pretty funny that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of ABC and FOX who were fighting an FCC fine for nudity and obscenity charges.
Yesterday, the show host gleefully teased a “nude scene” on his Twitter account, before his show. “We will show the nude scene that SCOTUS unanimously loves. @TheLastWord at 10pm.” O’Donnell announced on Twitter before his show.
MSNBC show host Krystal Ball joined O’Donnell for the segment and also promoted the segment on Twitter. “Nudity and profanity night at #LastWord!!! Who’s excited???” she wrote.
“Nudity! Profanity! Live Live Live on #lastword #FCCruling,” read a message shows official Twitter account.
During the segment, a smirking O’Donnell reviewed the scene before airing it.
“Justice Kennedy warned you, this is the shortest nude scene you’re ever going to see in your life,” said O’Donnell, praising the decision. “So are you ready? Get ready. okay, Get ready. Here comes MSNBC’s second nude scene.”
The scene is from a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue, showing the nude buttocks of a female character. The Supreme Court ruled that the language of the FCC’s “indecent material” law was too vague for these cases. The court also ruled that FOX should not be fined for an unscripted expletive uttered by singer Cher during an awards show.
“The legal right to be profane or naked is not something that any of us choose to exercise in almost any workplace,” O’Donnell said. “And so for better or worse, well, come to think of it, this really is just for better, the MSNBC rules still don’t allow profanity or nudity.”