Crap CBS Says

Someone needs to give the folks at CBS a reality check.

In responding to the predictable ire in some circles regarding the title of the otherwise completely innocuous and unworthy of attention series $H*! MY DAD SAYS, the network is pointing out that “the program is inspired by the wildly popular Twitter phenomena, which now has more than 1.5 million followers.”

Um, 1.5 million is a lot of followers… on twitter. On television? Not so much. If the show managed to bring in twice as many viewers as it has followers, it would still be considered a huge, massive, undeniable, cancel-it-for-the-love-of-God-we-are-bleeding-money failure.

There was absolutely no reason that CBS couldn’t have gone with the title CRAP MY DAD SAYS… except, of course, for the fact that in doing so, they wouldn’t have gotten the free publicity they’ve gotten for a show that is, by all accounts, no MODERN FAMILY.

It has, however, brought to light an issue that might do from a little bit of debate, and that is why the public airwaves are now full of… well, $#*! you sure couldn’t say just a few years ago. Watch any network’s primetime line-up and I guarantee you’ll hear the words “douchebag,” “dick,” “balls” and “ass.” And we’re not talking about shows on FX or airing at 10 p.m., we’re talking the big three networks in what was once referred to as the family hour.

It seems we’ve got trouble. Right here in River City. Trouble with an T that rhymes with C and that stands for cursing.

Now to be fair, I’m not exactly known for my gentile word choice, nor am I easily offended. But I’m also not being broadcast into millions of American homes every night. There was a time when I resented groups who wanted to take shows off the airwaves because I believed that rather than trying to get things I enjoyed yanked, they needed to simply turn the offensive shows off.

But what happens when all of the shows are offensive to some degree? When words like “balls” and “douchebag” are as commonly uttered as the formerly-forbidden “bitch” or “damn.” It raises some interesting questions, such as where the line will be drawn, should a line be drawn, and what does the shifting of said line say about our culture and it’s morality? Should we expect more from the characters on television than we get from politicians such as the vice-president and his now-famous utterance-heard-round-the-world?

There aren’t any easy answers, but it’s a topic worth discussing… and where better than in the comments section below? Just remember… this isn’t SOUTHLAND. Let’s keep it civil.

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  • Amelia

    I disagree I do not think censorship is necessary. A word is just a word. I think television is for entertainment not for instructing morals, if that were the case we might as well just watch Barney.

    As far as children go, it is up to parents and other guardians to teach the appropriate way to speak and act. My parents let me watch most of the same things that they watched when I was a child. I went with them to R rated movies. We've had HBO for as long as I can remember, and my parents were not very concerned about restricting my viewing.
    Despite this I still choose not curse when I speak – although I did go through a phase in high school. I know that using curse words makes you look more unintelligent and tends to make other people less cooperative. If you choose to curse you're doing yourself a disservice no one else, that doesn't mean we can't watch it.

  • joshemerson

    I hate how overly censored American TV is. You really realize just how bad it is when you watch British shows as they were aired over there. Cursing, nudity, and adult storylines are all allowed, yet over here you have groups getting worked up just because the word 'shit' is in the title of a TV show. And it's not even the actual word, it's a censored version!

    This reminds me of that scene on 30 Rock.
    Liz: “It used to be on TV you couldn't say crap. Then they let that slide and now we can say whatever we want. Douchebag, asswipe…
    Jack: “Anal rot”
    Liz: “Exactly”

    I wish they could say whatever they wanted!

  • TheRealCT

    Television may not be for INSTRUCTING morals, but at the same time, is it there to corrupt them? Other than tons of free publicity, what does CBS gain by NOT going with a title that doesn't include a profanity — implied or said?

    I think my point here is that just as you went through a “curse” phrase and then learned better, TV is going through the same thing. Unfortunately, TV seems not to have learned. Instead, it is continuing to push the boundaries and WILL continue to push the boundaries until they are made to stop. And then, as always happens, someone will say, “Why is the FCC getting involved in this? The networks should be able to censor themselves.” And the answer will be, “Yes, they should, But they proved themselves unable to, and so someone has to do it for them.”

  • TheRealCT

    I think to a degree, you're missing the point. As it stands now, you CAN'T say whatever you want on TV. If the FCC decides to just sort of say, “Screw it. TV is a free-for-all. Say what you want, whenever you want” then this conversation comes to an end. But that's not how things are now. There are words you aren't allowed to say. And many of the words we now DO hear on a nightly basis are words that only a year or two ago couldn't be said. Where is the line drawn? Will parents have to worry that soon, Saturday morning cartoons will be allowed to use the word douchebag because it's SO commonly accepted?