George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words have nothing on Russia's mat, a profane vocabulary that's common throughout the country, and especially prevalent in male-dominated spaces like prisons and the army. Mat has a long history in poetry, parody, and political speech, and, on Monday, Vladimir Putin signed legislation to ban it.
America's sweetheart Julia Roberts apparently only knows a handful of bad words, and most of them are too tame to censor on network TV. Sally Field, meanwhile, knows all the curses, and will gleefully combine any one of them with the suffixes "-sucker" and "-licker."
Today's Staunton News Leader, a Gannett newspaper based in Virginia, came with a little surprise for the children. In a "Kid's Corner" sidebar buried in the weather section, the caption accompanying a Crayoned drawing included the word "fucking." As in: If you’re a fucking idiot, it can be fun to refer to your draft site as “the war room.” Wait, what?
Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live is more circus than talk show; tonight Real Housewife of New Jersey Jacqueline Laurita dropped a shit and an ass in one sentence. Between this and parent company NBC's inability to catch M.I.A.'s middle finger during the Super Bowl, standards and practices might need a bit of an overhaul.
Senator Orrin Hatch is a mild-mannered elderly Mormon who's spent his career voting for liberal judges and working on legislation with liberal Democrats, for whom he writes beautiful songs when they die. But now he has to win a Republican primary in Utah by securing support from the Tea Party folks, who all hate him. What's his plan? Developing a potty mouth, just like the Common Man.
Everybody loves movies with colorful language. But what happens when those films filter down to television, where their content is controlled by the FCC? Well, censors have to get really creative! Here's a collection of the most ridiculous "edited-for-TV" moments.
This morning, Meredith Vieira interviewed a thirteen year-old girl who is a possible accomplice in a beating that resulted from a text message war. She mentioned some of the language used, including one word not appropriate for television.
On the Today Show this morning, Meredith Vieira played a video game designed to show the dangers of driving while distracted. Among those dangers: cursing on air. Video inside.
Most Americans are coarse oafs whose idea of fine dining is a grilled cheese sandwich with Grey Poupon on the side. So we all tend to like shouty British TV chef Gordon Ramsay, who screams cuss words at people on reality shows, which is behavior we all relate to. But other British chefs are not fans! Last week one Ramsay protege called him a "sad bastard" and said he hopes to never speak to him again. And today, famous chef Herbert Berger said celebrity cooks like Ramsay are "petulant," "spoilt divas," and act like "children." Berger, you donkey! You can't possibly hope to win this battle. Though I'm sure it's not fun to work for Gordon Ramsay, it is certainly fun to watch Gordon Ramsay exhibiting his forthright management skills when dealing with his inferiors in the kitchen, as he does in this helpfully uncensored clip from his show Kitchen Nightmares:
Click to viewIt's already been an exciting week for accidental on-air cursing, with New York broadcast institution Sue Simmons interrupting last night's Medium to ask what the FUCK New York is doing, but Sue and Bill O'Reilly just left us wanting more. So video guru Richard Blakeley (who's explored reportorial bloopers before) collected ten of our very favorite meltdowns by people whose job it is to not curse on TV. Some of these went out live, some were stolen from satellite feeds, but they're all golden. From Jim Ryan telling Dick Oliver that he'll explain how to be a reporter later to broadcast legend Bill Plante throwing a tantrum at the White House to vintage Sam Donaldson and Leslie Stahl, it's a cavalcade of rage and frustration. Like life. Click to watch!