Language Not Safe for Fucking Work
October 10, 2007 7:00 PM Subscribe
What. The. Fuck. The word "fuck"
became the subject of congressional debate in 2003, after NBC broadcast the Golden Globe Awards. Bono exclaimed, "This is really, really, fucking brilliant"
on the air. The Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) decided somewhat surprisingly not to sanction the network for failing to bleep out the word. Explaining its decision, the FCC noted that its (and George Carlin's
) guidelines define "indecency" as "material that describes or depicts sexual or excretory organs or activities"
and Bono had used fucking as "an adjective or expletive to emphasize an exclamation
were outraged. California Representative Doug Ose
tried to close the loophole in the FCC's regulations with the filthiest piece of legislation ever considered by Congress. Had it passed, the Clean Airwaves Act
would have forbade from broadcast:
the words "shit", "piss", "fuck", "cunt", "asshole", and the phrases "cock sucker", "mother fucker", and "ass hole", compound use (including hyphenated compounds) of such words and phrases with each other or with other words or phrases, and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms).
The episode highlights one of the many paradoxes that surround swearing.
This post was deleted for the following reason: as much as this is an awesome post, it is a recent double - post some of these links in the original thread if you haven't already? -- jessamyn