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How George Carlin Using 'Seven Words' On The Radio Caused A Landmark Supreme Court Decision

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For decades, George Carlin was one of the most original and popular comedians to take the stage. His “Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV” routine is often hailed as a masterpiece of standup comedy and helped him get the title of one of the best standup comedians; it took society’s taboos and hangups to task while being flat-out hilarious. Carlin’s seven words are so notoriously profane they got tangled up in a court case, which took on the FCC’s power of censorship and landed in front of the Supreme Court.

Carlin and the FCC sparked a debate between comedy, unrestricted speech, and government control, which still rages today. The controversial “Seven Words” Supreme Court decision has since changed TV and radio and cemented Carlin as one of the funniest people of all time.
 

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