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(NY Times)   Tv Censors lightening up   ( divider line
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2001-09-03 08:51:23 AM  
Silly puritanical Americans. We get The Sopranos on public TV, uncensored.
2001-09-03 08:53:41 AM  
The need to be more and more extreme on TV is a little bit scarry. This isn't anywhere near as bad as something I noticed last night on TV...

On the Simpsons, Homer is 'hired' by Mr. Burns to do pranks on other people for money. Eventually Homer winds up in a Panda suit getting hit with electric cattleprods over and over and then ... assaulted... by a male panda. And Mr. Burns says "Dance for me monkey, amuse me!" as he throws money at Homer.

Then, on NBC's Fear Factor, they sent 6 real people into doing totally stupid and meaningless stunts for a chance at winning a relatively paltry $50,000 ($28,000 after taxes!). Here the network is using these people in a hope to make a million or two, and their share of risking injury and mental illness is how much? I couldn't help but think that Joe Rogan was going throw money at them and say "Dance for me monkey, amuse me!"

I'm sure the Simpsons wasn't hinting at the state of modern television but man it was dead on. It would seem that saying a relatively common place word would be far less worrisome than the absolute stupidity that happens elsewhere on the dial.
2001-09-03 09:05:57 AM  
Hey, give the public what it wants. TV/Movie industries are nothing but whores anyway. You want cussing? Sure. Sex? Why not?

TV may at one time, been a beacon of culture, but not anymore. It's simply a vehicle for tittilation. Granted, there are some 'high brow' items on, but for the most part, it's idiotic shows for idiotic viewers.

God help society.
2001-09-03 10:00:06 AM  
" has proposed having a character use a scatological reference that has never before been uttered on an ABC series"

Swearing is fine, but talking about shiat eating is going too far i feel.
2001-09-03 10:02:56 AM  
farkING BASTARD GAY-ASS SWEAR FILTER!!!!!! It ruins the effect of your point! Loads of the linked pages have swears on them so it can`t be a "make safe for work" thing.

When is Drew going to lighten up like the TV censors???!
2001-09-03 10:14:28 AM  
Tv has sucked so bad for so long that they are getting desperate enough to try anything.

But the fark filters are a good idea.
Some people just want to fark up a good time for all the nubians that eat shiat.
See my point?
2001-09-03 10:42:26 AM  
Bill Hicks once had a short bit about the downward spiral that TV is in. I'm paraphrasing...

"One day, I promise ya, we'll see this. The camera will show a beautiful woman, from the shoulders up. Then it'll move back a bit, and you can see she doesn't have a shirt. Then it'll pull back some more, and you will see her naked boobs. Then it'll pull back more, and you can see she's sitting on a couch, with no pants on, spread eagle, with just two fingers covering her pussy. Then she'll hold up a Coke can."

You were a genius, Bill.

R.I.P. Bill Hicks, December 16, 1961 - February 26, 1994
2001-09-03 11:14:58 AM  
And the slippery slope continues. It's pretty sad when society thinks vulgarity is needed for entertainment.
2001-09-03 04:05:33 PM  
Bah, who needs the network TV? Cable 4 evuh!
2001-09-03 04:10:03 PM  
Apparently The NY Times has to censor itself, too. They can't print the words they are talking about, but instead they use references like, "the common word that refers to the refuse of a bull," and "the common four letter word for dung."

Give me a break. I don't have virgin eyes. Just print the farking words instead of making me figure out some childish riddle.

Isn't the press supposed to have more freedom when it comes to language?
2001-09-03 04:53:33 PM  
Why is it that American radio is doing the opposite? I refuse to listen to a song where every other word is bleeped out. It's unlistenable.
2001-09-03 04:55:29 PM  
Damnit, what is wrong with vulgarity? Why do we beat ourselves into believing this stuff is somehow morally bad. It doesn't matter.

There's nothing evil about nude beaches or making love (yes even in black leather whips) or gay people and there is nothing evil about the word fark. They laugh at us in Germany, Japan and others, and I'm sick of it.

The only thing I hate more than the government monitoring speech and actions is companies monitoring it "just to be safe." And is not exempt from this.
2001-09-03 06:21:38 PM  
Gota laff at you yanks... seems everyone wants the government out of your business ( deregulation ) , outa your schools ( prayer etc ), outa your homes ( gota exercise that gun totten right cuz you think it's in your consitiution ), but, when public standards come into play y'all dumb it down to the lowest common denominators so nobody is offened. You use censorship up the wazzo. But y'all have a right to "bare arms :-)" to protect "free speech". Y'all are a contradition.

Full frontal nudity, violence and swear'n have been common on Canadian and British TV for 35 years - since the '60's. Geez we Brits and Canucks haven't become a complete bunch of perverts being exposed to this and we don't kill each other at the alarming rate that you do...

Off my soap box and putt'n on my asbestos shots :-)

Flame away...
2001-09-04 10:38:58 AM  
Not one. I`m impressed.
2001-09-04 01:26:28 PM  
Americans are a bunch of big babies when it comes to this shiat. "Wah, I'm offended. I can't believe they said that." If the worst thing in your world is someone saying a "naughty" word, then I want to find out what you're on.
2001-09-04 01:27:21 PM  
The NY Times is lame. If it's a news story, they should include the words that were uttered, not those bizarre euphemisms.

What a bunch of doody-heads.
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