I must getting old because when the two- year old girl supposedly dropped the F -bomb three or four times during the ABC show “Modern Family, I didn't think much about it. I imagine it happens, perhaps to a lesser degree, in all families. It wasn't until I watched MSNBC’s “The Last Word” and hosted by Lawrence O'Donnell that I found out that it created quite a controversy. Lawrence stated that the producer, purposely wrote those lines in the story line to create controversy for ratings. Lawrence said that the little girl actually said” fudge it” so ABC knew their boundaries all along.
I don't recall if that ever happened in our family even though my stepfather cussed a lot and my mother threw one in every now and then ,when she was angry at my step father. I didn’t use profanity in my teens but I picked it up when I joined the military. Profanity was a second language because it was used by the commanders and it flowed down to the enlisted ranks. We didn't think much of it. It wasn’t until I got out that people started noticing that every other word I used was laced with profanity. I started toning down and eventually won that battle. It stuck because I don't hardly cuss at all these days but it's not because I'm a prude,(far from it) but it's because of my environment. Profanity doesn't bother me in the least bit because I hear a lot of it on TV show,movies etc. and I think it gives extra punch to the lines Jon Stewart and other comedians put out. I also think if you didn’t use profanity in a war film, it would lose its credibility.
Steven Levitan, creator and producer of the TV comedy had the little girl say “fudge” during the taping and bleeped it as she said it and had her mouth obscured by pixilation to make the viewers think that the little girl was actually using the F-bomb.It got the 35,000 member “No Cussing Club” stirred up but I'm surprised that we haven’t heard from the evangelicals yet. Perhaps they they have their full focus on the 2012 election.
TV profanity has become an issue for the Supreme Court and a decision on what can and can't be said will be made in June. We have to be the only industrial nation in the world who tries to be something we're not. We're not Puritans.
I remember several instances where teachers would threaten some students with a bar of soap to wash their fitly mouth because they said the word “damn.”Am I missing something? I don’t think it's appropriate to use the little girl as pawn for pushing the envelope and I think parents should correct their children for using profanity because there are better ways to get your point across. That's a family decision but I'm interested in what you think. Is it a little bit to do about nothing, or is the entertainment media trying to change our culture?