Can you get it up on TV? More specifically, if you’ve got an advertisement aimed at men who can’t get it up, can you get it up on TV? Not between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM on broadcast television, if U.S. Representative James Moran has anything to say about it.
In one of the more interestingly specific pieces of congressional legislation to be introduced this year, Moran and fellow Democrat Robert Brady have sponsored the Families for ED Advertising Decency Act, H.R. 2175. The active clause of the legislation reads:
“Within 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission shall revise the Commission’s interpretations of, and enforcement policies concerning, section 73.3999 of the Commission’s regulations (47 CFR 73.3999), relating to indecent material that no licensee of a radio or television broadcast station shall broadcast on any day between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., to treat as indecent for such purposes any advertisement for a medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction or for male enhancement. This section shall not require treating as indecent any product placement or other display or mention merely of the trademarked name or generic name for such a medication.”
So, how is this bill to ban advertising related to male impotence performing in Congress? It’s been sent off to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, but as for a full vote on the floor of House of Representatives, well, Congressman Moran can’t seem to get it up there.