January 31, 2014 12:32 am -

Michael Powell, who was Commissioner of the FCC when Janet Jackson had a Superbowl halftime wardrobe malfunction, says he wasn’t outraged at the time. But when it happened, he turned to a friend and said, “My day is going to suck tomorrow.” NOt only that, but also he knew outrage was all  b.s.

“I think we’ve been removed from this long enough for me to tell you that I had to put my best version of outrage on that I could put on,” he says, shrugging his shoulders and rolling his eyes. “Part of it was surreal, right? Look, I think it was dumb to happen, and they knew the rules and were flirting with them, and my job is to enforce the rules, but, you know, really? This is what we’re gonna do?”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.