Thirty years after it approved FCC rules banning the use of “indecent” language on broadcast television and radio, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to look at the issue again — this time in the context of the fleeting use of expletives in live broadcasts.

At issue in the case of FCC v. Fox Television Stations is the seemingly spontaneous use of the “F-word” by Cher in 2002 and Nicole Richie in 2003 on Fox broadcasts of the Billboard Music Awards.

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