Steven Tyler on Supreme Court profanity hearing: 'It's really hot when you only show a little'
Steven Tyler was bleeped many times during his first season as a judge on "American Idol" last year, but the rocker recently told reporters that it does not mean he's ready to hear profanity-filled language on television.
"There's a certain charm and passion and magic in not showing full-frontal nudity" or using constant profanity, Tyler said, according to the Associated Press, when asked about the upcoming Supreme Court case on the regulation of the airwaves. "It's really hot when you only show a little."
The Supreme Court case was heard on January 10 and the Supreme Court's decision on the matter, which is expected by late June, could change the regulation of broadcasting.
The New York federal appeals court threw out the Federal Communications Commission's rules affecting the hours children are likely viewers. That includes a ban on the use of even a single curse word on live TV as well as fines against broadcasters who show nude images on television.
The Obama administration has objected that the appeals court stripped the FCC of its ability to police the airwaves, and the commission is appealing the ruling.
The FCC has stepped-up broadcast indecency enforcement in recent years, including record fines for violations, was spurred in part by public outrage over Janet Jackson's breast-baring performance during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.
The Aerosmith singer, who said he cursed a few times on television "because it's 2012," said he didn't want to turn on the television and hear streams of profanities, which he suggested would happen if the Supreme Court does not uphold the current rules.
"If you start surfing channel to channel and you're on NBC and it's (expletive) and channel 4 and it's (expletive) and channel 7 and it's (expletive), it wouldn't be fun to surf," he said.
Tyler thinks the Supreme Court will allow "certain words, and that's that."
He and fellow "American Idol" judges Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson will return for the show's 11th season on January 18.
The rock star recently announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Erin Brady. Tyler, 63, and Brady, 38, have been together for five years.
The singer has been married and divorced twice. The first time was to model Cyrinda Foxe from 1978 to 1987 and his second marriage was to clothing designer Teresa Barrick, which ended in 2006.Aerosmith is known for hits such as "Dream On," "Don't Want To Miss A Thing" and "Cryin.'"
Tyler made headlines in October when he was hospitalized after suffering a fall in a bathroom in a hotel in Paraguay, which prompted the rocker and "American Idol" judge to undergo emergency dental work and for his band Aerosmith to postpone a planned concert.