Oscar: The “bitches” are in the house – will the fines be, too?

For all those who were hanging from the knife-edge of suspense about the fate of the Academy Award nominated tune from “Hustle and Flow,” relax: Yes, the word “bitches” will be heard during the first-ever rap performance at the Oscars this weekend. 9100_007_thumb.jpg

However, per Reuters, at the request of both the Academy and ABC,

“the authors of best song nominee ‘It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp’ have substituted less offensive words for the rest of the song’s profanity-laced lyrics.”

“As long as the Academy approves it, it’s cool,” said rapper Jordan “Juicy J” Houston, a member of Three 6 Mafia, which wrote the song for the film and will be performing it.

Um, I wouldn’t be so sure about that, Senor Juicy: Fully three years after Nicole Ritchie‘s infamous expletives on Fox, last week the FCC decided it was time for Fox to pay the piper.

We’d like to get excited about the possible upshot of the use of the word “bitches” on Sunday’s Oscarcast, but who can stay all amped up for three years? Indeed, by the time the FCC gets around to fining ABC for next Sunday’s transgressions, the 2009 Oscarcast could well be hosted by Howard Stern.

An additional point: Is the Academy going to allow “hoes,” as well? Because, really, what are “bitches” without “hoes”? Steak and eggs. Jacoby & Meyers. Peas and carrots. Bitches and hoes.

See the light, Academy – don’t be “bitches”-wise and “hoes”-foolish!