“Controversial” is a word rarely used to describe this blog. My friends and family know that I avoid confrontation at all costs, and I choose to avoid debates about almost everything, including religion and politics. And I think my readers know that this blog is mostly about good, happy things.
Most likely, the closest I’ve come to a controversial post was this one I wrote in August of 2011, expressing my opinion about profanity.
And, today, I’m re-opening that can of worms with this post.
Last week, I learned that the FCC is considering lifting their ban on the f-word and the s-word on tv and radio. They’re also considering allowing frontal female nudity on television. Yes, you read that correctly, folks. (And, while we’re at it, why is frontal male nudity still taboo…?) I hope you recognized the sarcasm in that last sentence.
I realize that, sadly, profanity is more acceptable these days than when I was younger. And I know there’s the Freedom of Speech aspect of things. But, honestly, I cannot imagine watching tv or listening to the radio with, for example, my 91-year old father-in-law and 86 year-old mother-in-law, and hearing that language.
And, if you’re a family, watching tv with your little children, how do you explain to them the meaning of the f-word or the s-word?
Just why are those words necessary to convey a message?
I know it isn’t the case, but I like to think that folks who use this language refrain from using it around their (or anyone else’s) children. If the FCC goes through with this plan, children will be subjected to hearing these words through the media. Since profanity is usually uttered with emphasis, little ones pick up on those words quicker than others.
The FCC is accepting comments from the public only until April 30. If you would like to let them know your feelings on this matter, click on this link. In the section: “Take action”, there’s another link you can follow, with a form in which to type your comment. It’s very simple.
The sweet innocence of children; why would anyone think it’s okay for these little ears to hear such vulgarity?
And for those of you who say that I have an “off button” on my tv and radio, you’re right. And if the FCC goes through with this, I will exercise that option….