The 2003 Golden Globes Awards
You know how you get really excited and start cursing? Well, it happens. At least it did to U2 lead singer Bono, who was ecstatic at the Golden Globes Awards when the music from "Gangs of New York" won him a statue. On camera, he enthused that the win was "really, really, very brilliant." However, he substituted the f-word for "very." This incident not only pushed limits; it set new limits for censorship.
The incident led the FCC to establish a rule covering any future broadcasts of what the agency called "fleeting expletives." From then on, if networks allowed such language on the air, they opened themselves up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Yeah, no. A federal court declared this regulation unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also ruled against the FCC in 2012, indicating that the declaration was imprecise. Guess the FCC doesn't have Bono's way with words.