The Golden Globes yesterday displayed Hollywood’s increasingly coarse contribution to culture again this year as Ricky Gervais dropped an F-bomb during the show’s broadcast. Evidently drinking, he told the AP how delighted he was to have: “a job where you can get drunk and say what you want and they still pay you.”
In our youth, during the now ancient 1960s, public profanity was rarely evident. Our parents could take us to out to dinner or we could watch TV without being abused by other people’s indecent language. Today, strolling through a park or an evening out is routinely interrupted by people describing in coarse language human defecation or sexual activities. Often the offending language is shouted out or used repeatedly in sentence after sentence as obviously vocabulary-challenged speakers struggle to express themselves. These profane words are used as nouns, verbs, adjectives and even adverbs.
The Federal Communications Commission is the federal agency that has rules protecting us from an even greater flood of this obscene language than currently fills our ears. But Rupert Murdoch of Fox has joined with other broadcasters to seek to have a judge in the federal courts end these profanity-inhibiting regulations. We pray Murdoch is not successful.
Currently the FCC prohibits what they call “obscene material.” The Supreme Court has ruled that, to be obscene, material must meet a three-pronged test….
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