in other news: horse beaten to death.
Slate wants to go mainstream. That's probably the likely motive for bleeping swear words.
As annoying as "f***" and "s***" are, I go positively apoplectic when people type "f*ck" or "sh*t." That wouldn't fool a five year old so what's the goddamn point?
I hate bleeps. It drives me fucking bananas when they bleep out words on The Daily Show for the same reasons. A cable show at 10 pm (central)?!?! If you are so afraid of your little children hearing the dreaded F word, TURN OFF THE FUCKING TV!!!
That is one of the things I love about my Sirius Radio. Not that I just love to hear people curse, but it is nice to hear a song the way the artist intended. It just so happens that the kind of music I like has a lot of swearing in it...
Ok, I feel better now.
I remember a few years back, Charlize Theron was on the Daily Show to promote Monster, and the clip they showed for it was about 80% profanity. They, of course, bleeped it all out, and the scene was barely comprehensible. So absurd.
Frankly, I'm of the opinion that the FCC should just let people swear on broadcast radio and TV. There's never been a point in our nation's history when people haven't sworn often and loudly, and it's the worst form of hypocrisy to act like you get the vapors if someone portraying a sailor utters a swear word, when you know that real sailors use "fuck" like a comma. Hell, I thought it was ridiculous that my husband scolded me for swearing in the childrens' section of Barnes and Noble yesterday.
I learned all the important curse words (fuck, shit, damn, hell, cunt, pussy, cock, etc) in the 7th grade. That was 1979.
So really, in this day and age, what exactly do we think we're actually protecting kids from, anyway?
they're probably trying to innoculate themselves against the latest pearl-clutching right-wing smear: "All those blogger types on the intarwebs are foul-mouthed heathens"
cf. Bill O'Reilly, and pretty much any rightwing blogger these days...(and i'm aware that slate is not a liberal blog but the point still stands)
My uncle used to say swearing is poverty. Followed by an expletive.
Anyone see the new "Citizen Rain" meta-blog from King 5? (http://blogs.king5.com/citizenrain/)
Well dang, I was just going to write about how fucking hilarious it was for Slog's fucking headlines to be sucked into King 5's fucking content machine, but for some reason I don't see any of the fucking Slog posts in question... WTFuck!
Wait a fucking minute--didn't Kelly O post something on this very blog that did the EXACT thing you're all whining about?
Why yes, she did:
"There was also an oil wrestling competition, a wet-tee, bullsh*t bingo.."
I don't really give a shit about profanity one way or another--though I think it's definitely a problem when there's an uproar over words (bleeped, ass-tricked or otherwise) and the messages that contain 'em aren't even on the radar. Whenever profanity's use or censoring obscure what's being communicated, there's a definite problem.
Fuckity Fuck Fuck!!!
Look what Fucking Dan Fucking Savage Fucking wrote in Fucking October Fucking 2002
Excerpt from \\\"Say Yes To War\\\" by Dan Savage October 2002
\\\"War may be bad for children and other living things, but there are times when peace is worse for children and other living things, and this is one of those times. Saying no to war in Iraq means saying yes to the continued oppression of the Iraqi people.\\\"
The other thing that gets my goat about the bleeping or asterisking of profanity is the utter randomness of it. I was reading a magazine article the other day, which had a quote in it that "so & so is a f---ing d---" and then, in the very next sentence, the phrase "rampant pricks" was left intact. Um, why is "dick" unacceptable, but "prick" okay? Certainly I could see that if the context were different ("he pricked his finger"), but "rampant prick" is Dick Triumphant.
It's stupid, it's childish, and it draws more attention to the profanity than just letting it fly. Then again, my husband thought he was back in Marine Corps boot camp when he first met me, so maybe my judgement on that particular topic is flawed.
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