In Defense of the Bl**p

Friday, October 14, 2011

Transcript

Some see bleeping obscenities out of broadcast television as censorship. Others see it as a very necessary means of protecting children. OTM producer Chris Neary has a different defense of bleeping - that it's an invaluable comedic device. He spoke with Michael Schur, the co-creator of Parks and Recreation, who says that the conviction of the person being bleeped is the key to laughs.

 

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Comments [2]

I agree with Karen. Cursing should only be used when you are hurt badly or are reall really mad. If you use it all the time it shows you are not in control. I work for a major telecommunications company and cursing is not allowed. I cut my finger like a paper cut and mumbled a 4 letter word. The tech I had worked with for a year said to me "I did not think you knew how to cuss."
Save it for the right time and place.
I would watch Red Skelton and have tears in my eyes he did not use a single cuss word. I would then hear Richard Pyror cuss just to get a laugh. I did not find him and other cussing comics funny. I find most people that cuss a lot have little substance in what they say. They are just being lazy.

Oct. 16 2011 05:44 PM
Karen from Kannapolis, NC

As a high school teacher, I hear more than my share of cursing everyday. I find it very sad that our country has embraced crude language and other formerly disdained activities as funny and a regular part of what it means to be an adult. When did we go from trying to live a life of excellence to proclaiming our right to be as base as possible. My students struggle to communicate without using foul language. As an adult, it my responsibility to model good behavior. When we celebrate the crude as adults, there is a profound affect on our children. This isn't an issue of government regulation or imagining what filthy comment was bleeped out of a television show. It is a statement about who we have become as a society.

Oct. 16 2011 05:13 PM

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