There must be something in the water at the moment.

June 23, 2008

Everyone seems to have taken leave of their senses.
On the BBC site they pose the question: “Has swearing lost its power to outrage?”
Now I reckon the answer has to be a pretty resounding “Yes”. Which is probably a shame, but when I went to school it was the place I learnt to swear. I see swear words as a legitimate part of our vocabulary, words that have a use and can be very expressive. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not making an argument for swearing being big and clever. Although it can be if you do it right.
Anyway, the article traces the history of swearing in UK broadcasting, from Bill Grundy and the Sex Pistols to John Lydon on I’m A Celebrity.
Read the article here.
It then asks several people for their views on the subject. And some of these views are absolutely priceless. The sort of thing that you think: “Does your brain even know your mouth is moving?”
One of them, Miranda Suit, of the broadcast standards campaign group Media March, is madder than a box of frogs. She’s so off the scale with her views that I can’t just ignore them. Here’s a quote from part of her reply:
“What I’m talking about is maintaining standards, thinking about children, thinking about family life and that’s where I think we have fallen far short of what the Americans do. It’s much easier to bring up a child in America and not be constantly assailed by offensive, unpleasant, downright obscene material. In this country you can’t easily bring up a child in that way.”
She actually suggests (in all seriousness) that bringing up a child in American is better than in the UK as they are subjected to nasty images in the media.
As opposed to being exposed to, say, one of the highest gun ownerships in the world.
Yeah, I’d much rather my child be blown away than learn to swear. You muppet.
What a surprise to learn that there’s religion hidden behind this nonsense. You want to seriously have a look at what’s important to you if you think that swearing and moral decency are a greater threat to the youth of this country than guns, drugs, crime and bullets.
And then you’ve got the Bishop of Fulham getting his priorities all wrong too. He seems to think that swearing against the god he believes in is the worst crime imaginable. Again, here’s what he has to say:
“But what makes me angry is blasphemy. I think it is disgraceful. I would much rather they used the f-word. It shows a total disregard for God. It was considered deeply offensive until recently.”
Worry about what’s really important. Like the victims of abuse at the hands of the church over the centuries. Or people living in fear and oppression.
Nice to see that moderates like Roger Mellie are still keeping good company.

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