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.