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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the dirty-minds dept.

Censorship 821

The Parents Television Council says the "$#*!" in the title of the upcoming CBS show $#*! my dad says is indecent. From the article: "'CBS intentionally chose to insert an expletive into the actual name of a show, and, despite its claim that the word will be bleeped, it is just CBS's latest demonstration of its contempt for families and the public,' declared PTC President Tim Winter. 'There are an infinite number of alternatives that CBS could have chosen, but its desire to shock and offend is crystal clear in this decision.'" By this logic Qbert was the filthiest game ever made.

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821 comments

First $#*! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338170)

First $#*!

All I have to say is: (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338172)

Fuck the fucking fuckers!

Re:All I have to say is: (4, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338256)

I think you meant to post "$#*! the $#*!ing $#*!ers!"

Re:All I have to say is: (5, Funny)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338406)

"Hey look, it's the Expletive Formerly Known As Fuck."

ignore them and show it anyway (4, Insightful)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338176)

no matter what you do some bed-wetting crybaby is going to bitch about it, so just ignore them and continue with what you want to do.

Re:ignore them and show it anyway (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338214)

Exactly. That is why I still strangle kittens.

Re:ignore them and show it anyway (4, Insightful)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338290)

No, it would be better to subtly taunt them to make complete fools of themselves and lose whatever credibility they still might have.

Re:ignore them and show it anyway (5, Insightful)

RangerElf (32760) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338442)

I definitely concur with you. Ignore them and they become increasingly annoying until you can't ignore them any more; pester and ridicule them, and they throw a hissy fit and shut up.

Doesn't always work (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338346)

The vocal minority of folks with too much time on their hands and no dignity beg to differ.

Go to any public meeting (especially if it's during working hours) and see what I mean.

Re:ignore them and show it anyway (2, Insightful)

CosaNostra Pizza Inc (1299163) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338582)

$#*! "family values" conservatives.

Fuck right off. (5, Insightful)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338182)

CSI shows chest cavaties that have been ripped open. Law and Order discussed horrible sex crimes. But heaven forbid you say a naughty word!

Didn't South Park already cover this [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Fuck right off. (5, Insightful)

Kenoli (934612) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338248)

But heaven forbid you say a naughty word!

Heaven forbid you imply a naughty word.

Re:Fuck right off. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338368)

How is 'shit' considered 'naughty'? 'Dirty', maybe. But 'naughty'?

Re:Fuck right off. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338466)

evidently you've never seen what i do with my shit

Re:Fuck right off. (4, Funny)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338616)

Quite a surprising number have even declared it to be Holy!

Re:Fuck right off. (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338270)

Didn't South Park already cover this [wikipedia.org] ?

Simpson's did it too

Re:Fuck right off. (1)

bfree (113420) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338580)

And there was I thinking you were talking about their movie:

Remember what the MPAA says; Horrific, Deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don't say any naughty words!

Re:Fuck right off. (4, Interesting)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338630)

Replace the Anglo-Saxon word "shit" with the Frankish word "poo" and then everything will be a-okay. (Yes our US FCC really is that stupid and inconsistent.)

They're right! (5, Funny)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338184)

Kids should never be exposed to the symbols $#*!. They should have &^@%ed those symbols out.

Re:They're right! (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338448)

In fact, they should only be exposed to the following symbols:
+ - = / * $ and ~.

They're far less violent.

Re:They're right! (4, Insightful)

gorzek (647352) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338606)

$ is probably the most violent symbol of all.

Re:They're right! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338516)

The 1 - 4 will now be replaced with duplicates of 5 - 8 to remove any confusion of indecent symbols. The letters A, F, D, and P will also be removed as these could be used for indecent purposes too.

Mij

Re:They're right! (2, Funny)

murphyje (965004) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338556)

Just wait... if you think that's offensive, just wait until some studio announces, ":-) LOL"

WTF ? (4, Insightful)

daveime (1253762) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338202)

Are these people so repressed that even the suggestion of a "naughty word" is enough to get them complaining ?

Have they really got nothing better to do with their time ?

I thought the Puritan movement died out in the 17th century, obviously I was wrong.

Re:WTF ? (2, Interesting)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338388)

I thought the Puritan movement died out in the 17th century, obviously I was wrong.

Where the hell have you been?

I guess it has changed a little. Offenses that used to be punishable by stoning, now only land you in rehab.

CBS chose to *insert* an expletive? (5, Insightful)

Kelson (129150) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338210)

How have they missed the fact that "Shit My Dad Says" is the title of the source material? Complaining that CBS chose to "insert" the word into the title makes them look like the people who were horrified that New Line Cinema decided to use an obvious 9/11 reference in the sequel to "Fellowship of the Ring"..."The Two Towers."

(All that said, I could have sworn I read somewhere that CBS had retitled the TV show as "Stuff My Dad Says," but I guess I misremembered.)

Re:CBS chose to *insert* an expletive? (1)

Mr Thinly Sliced (73041) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338484)

It's quite tricky when you have your head up your ass.

The thing that impressed me is that we're hearing about it - one of them worked out how to get a USB keyboard and mouse far enough up there to write their letter of displeasure.

Re:CBS chose to *insert* an expletive? (1)

The Yuckinator (898499) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338508)

They should have called it "Shat my dad says" and everything would have been fine.

Gawd, I wish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338212)

Carlin were alive to appreciate this, since this is Number One on his list...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_Nrp7cj_tM

Stop listening to the PTC (-1, Redundant)

0racle (667029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338218)

Seriously, I say fuck'em.

Re:Stop listening to the PTC (4, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338360)

And all you do is complain about it on Slashdot, which is why your opinion goes unheard.

Meanwhile, they get out their letter writing campaigns, their phone calls to senators, whatever it takes. Which is why they end getting listened to.

Frankly, I don't think the people at the FCC really care. If it were up to them alone, we would have swearing and nudity all over TV by now. But there are people who really do care, and they make a concerted effort to have their opinion heard. That is why they are listened to.

And really, that's kind of how it should be. If a small group of people really really cares about something, and the rest of us don't care too much, it's basic social wisdom to compromise in favor of the people who really do care. That's true in all human relationships, not just at the national level.

Godwin on the first try (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338236)

I'm sorry but would it be possible to systematically execute these people.

The nazi's had a workable system, just their direction was wrong.

Don't kill the minority groups, kill all humans who just naturally suck... like the members of the Parents Television Council.

All we need now is a charismatic leader to get us on our way.

That's right (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338242)

It's indecent.

Half of what airs on TV is indecent.

And you are offended by a censored TITLE?

Perhaps if you watched any of the Soap Operas they air on daytime TV, you'd re-consider how decent you thought TV was in the first place.

Re:That's right (1)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338446)

Are you admitting to watching Soap Operas cause I'm going to have to ask you to turn in your man card.

Re:That's right (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338586)

Two and a half men. :D

[John]

What the #$(@ (1)

rhathar (1247530) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338244)

is this #$(@ing $#*!?

Decency Groups says.... (1)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338252)

"...If you don't like the show, use the "OFF" button"
oh! ermmm... They didn't say that did they!

Sorry...

I am happy to (2, Insightful)

Vipersfate (1143119) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338254)

completely agree. I know you can't please everyone, but people today just seem to go looking for things to complain about.

Re:I am happy to (1)

twoallbeefpatties (615632) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338328)

What, just people today?

Re:I am happy to (1)

Vipersfate (1143119) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338610)

Tomorrow. Yesterday. Next Thursday.

boys drag girls down until they finally say NO (-1, Offtopic)

cellurl (906920) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338274)

I teach sunday school, (and have taught 9th grade also).
I tell girls that boys will drag them as far down in the gutter as they will allow.
Its up to the girl to show disapproval when they have reached their tolerance level.

CBS is definitely trying to make a buck from shock. Kudos for calling them on it.

For me, I download everything, so I am immune to CBS and most ads for that matter!
I know this self-censorship will probably dwindle, but for now its heavenly!

Bored this summer, help a good cause [wikispeedia.org]
jp

Re:boys drag girls down until they finally say NO (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338434)

You're part of the problem, you know. You've now set expectations such that "boys will be boys" and that the girls should just expect boys to behave like gutter trash and learn to live with it.

If you held "boys" to as high a standard for their behaviors as you seem to set for "girls" then you might be working to get the world to this neo-Victorian attitude that you seem to want to live with.

Personally, I think the Victorians were a bunch of overly-repressed fuckers whose hypocrisy is almost unmatched in the history of the world, and I'd hate to see us revert back to it. Even the hypocrisy of 1950's USA is tame in comparison. I actually think we're better off as a culture if we're more open about shit. When you liberally sprinkle your fucking vocabulary with shit that other people think is taboo, eventually the words lose all their goddamn power to shock and offend and they become nothing more than motherfucking words - which is what they should be. The word "shit" as in the title of the show "Shit my Dad Says" is a word that means nothing more than fecal matter unless you've got a goddamn stick rammed so far up your ass it makes you walk funny.

But whatever - it's a free country. If you want to fight for neo-Victorian attitudes I say fucking go for it. Balls out, as they say.

Re:boys drag girls down until they finally say NO (4, Insightful)

molo (94384) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338520)

What, girls can never be devious or sexually adventurous without the prodding of a boy? Are you living in 1955?

-molo

Re:boys drag girls down until they finally say NO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338538)

Do you warn the boys about crazy girls who will sleep with them and then accuse them of rape

Re:boys drag girls down until they finally say NO (1)

bareman (60518) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338560)

If God tries to make a buck from shock [Ezekiel 23:20], why not CBS?

http://bible.cc/ezekiel/23-20.htm [bible.cc]

Re:boys drag girls down until they finally say NO (5, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338602)

Please, give the puritan crap a rest. Women are just as filthy as men, perhaps more so.

Re:boys drag girls down until they finally say NO (5, Insightful)

NiteShaed (315799) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338608)

I tell girls that boys will drag them as far down in the gutter as they will allow.

You know, you're an asshole. I don't think I've ever started a post on Slashdot that way, and I really don't go in for name-calling, but you get the prize for driving me to it. You seem to have issues with males (I can't tell from your name whether you are one or not, but it's irrelevant), and you should be working through that yourself, not poisoning children's minds to share in your gender issues. No, BOYS will not drag girls into the gutter, some will, some won't. Just as some girls will be manipulative little monsters, and others won't. Shame on you for actively trying to damage these girls' outlook with regards to the other half of the population.

For me, I download everything, so I am immune to CBS and most ads for that matter!
I know this self-censorship will probably dwindle, but for now its heavenly!

Great, another do-gooder who isn't affected by something, but feels compelled to "protect" everyone else. You appear to have mastered the use of the "off button" on your television, so instead of cheering for censorship, why not just help some other easily offended prats find it too, and quit telling others what they can and can't see on TV.

brain damage (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338276)

How fucked in the head do you have to be for $#*! to be offensive... There's nothing there!

Re:brain damage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338414)

If you find Shit to be offensive, how can you not also find $#*!, which clearly is just a stand in for shit, just as offensive. These people just need to realize that there is no right to not be offended.

Re:brain damage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338454)

It's what it implies that is offensive you dolt.

Languages Change (4, Insightful)

rotide (1015173) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338296)

Not that I agree, but I understand where they are coming from.

If the 'F' word is banned in your school and the kids all of a sudden decide to say the word 'Squash' in lieu of the naughty word, eventually they become synonymous. Saying "Squash you, Mr. Teacher" is still potentially going to get you in trouble if the teacher knows what "Squash" means in that context.

So, the question really is, is the putting together of the letters F-U-C-K naughty, or the meaning and/or implied meaning of the word the naughty bit?

If it's the latter, then _any_ substitution of the word still implies the word and carries the negative connotation along with it.

Again, I don't agree with it and frankly, I think all words should be allowed. It's all part of the language and any negative feelings you have to a word are _your_ problem.

Re:Languages Change (2, Insightful)

Nzimmer911 (1553899) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338518)

Ummm how about 'frak' in Battlestar? No uproar there, but that's prolly because these Jesus freaks don't approve of Sci-Fi in general.

Re:Languages Change (1)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338534)

If it's the latter, then _any_ substitution of the word still implies the word and carries the negative connotation along with it.

On that note, the word "meep" got banned in schools in Danvers, Massachusetts [wbztv.com] . Apparently enough kids were using it in situations where it could be a naughty word, so the principle banned it.

From the article I linked:

WBZ tried to contact principal Murray to find out more about why he banned the word, but we did not hear back from him. ... WBZ also reached out to the school commitee[sic], the town administrator, and the superintendent of schools for comments, but all have refused.

I guess no one wants to admit how retarded that is.

Re:Languages Change (4, Insightful)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338540)

That treads on dangerous territory though.

When we get into synonyms, then really, the un-#(@)#'ed title is "Shit My Dad Says". Now, we know they're not talking literally about feces. They're just using a more laid back way to say "stuff".

Should the word "stuff" be illegal? Should the very word "intercourse" be illegal, as it has exactly the same meaning as "fuck"? Should it be illegal to say "a child without a father", since it is synonymous with "bastard"?

When you start trying to ban substitutions because they "mean the same thing" then you're literally encountering a roadblock that will prevent the language from working properly. There will be entire situations and scenarios that are literally non-describable because the very discussion of that situation is forbidden.

No, I say we need to dispense with the notion of "profane speech" entirely. Rude speech will continue to be rude (IE, "I fucking hate you." is the same in meaning as "I hate you.", because the idea conveyed is the same), whilst positive speech that contains words that have been deemed taboo (Ie, "That's fucking awesome!") will retain it's meaning as well.

Then people can judge speech by it's true meaning rather than the words used to convey that meaning.

Infinite (0)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338298)

There are an infinite number of alternatives that CBS could have chosen but its desire to shock and offend is crystal clear in this decision.

I don't think we should take writing advice from someone who doesn't know the meaning of the word "infinite."

Well, unless a whole LOT of new words were added to human language without me knowing about it...

Re:Infinite (1)

Danse (1026) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338584)

There are an infinite number of alternatives that CBS could have chosen but its desire to shock and offend is crystal clear in this decision.

I don't think we should take writing advice from someone who doesn't know the meaning of the word "infinite." Well, unless a whole LOT of new words were added to human language without me knowing about it...

Only if by "LOT" you mean "infinite", but then you might be suffering from the same problem as the person writing the complaint. :)

Re:Infinite (2, Funny)

B1ackDragon (543470) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338622)

Since apparently they think $#*! is a word in the language, I guess there are an infinite number of alternatives: $, $%, $$%, $#%, ... I just it just depends on how many of them would be offensive ;-)

(Filter error: please use fewer 'junk' characters. I guess slashdot does find them offensive.)

Wow (1)

shoebucket (196059) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338300)

So THAT's the committee which decides which is a "bad" word? I've been wondering about them for years...

Do these people live in reality? (5, Insightful)

the_raptor (652941) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338302)

Yeah cause you never hear people say "shit" or much worse in about any situation I have ever been in during my life. I heard it at my Catholic primary school. This is what happens when "Christians*" live in little gated communities and become completely out of touch with reality and the wider community.

* I am a Christian. Most of the people that whine about this stuff aren't really Christians. They just believe in ritual and "decency", they seem to miss that Jesus was mocking this kind of Pharisaical behaviour. Well actually they generally miss most of what Jesus said or at least fail to apply it.

Re:Do these people live in reality? (-1, Flamebait)

Microlith (54737) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338356)

Most of the people that whine about this stuff aren't really Christians

Please, enough with the "no true scotsman" fallacies.

They are as Christian as you claim to be, and unfortunately are much louder.

Re:Do these people live in reality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338618)

I am a Christian. Most of the people that whine about this stuff aren't really Christians.

And the amusing thing about this is they would most likely claim that you aren't a real Christian either. This is why such statements are fallacious.

$# looks like SH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338316)

maybe it's because $# looks like SH at least they didn't write it $#!+ then this would be obvious that they chose those symbol on purpose!

They should have used 'ninnle' as a swearie substi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338322)

After all, nobody really likes Ninnle, and it's so appropriate.

the tragedy of life (3, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338332)

is that the crankiest, dumbest, lamest voices are also the loudest voices, on any issue

this PTC group consists of a handful of assholes who have self-appointed themselves as spokespeople for the rest of us, for our common decency, when the only thing they represent is a small shrill fringe of intrusive overcontrollling twatstains

Guilty if you even think it, buddy! (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338336)

So, really, what the Parents Television Council is ultimately aiming to do is outlaw THINKING bad words or thoughts, right? If the symbolism doesn't matter, it must be the underlying thought or intent, eh?

Yeah... good luck with that. I suspect the principals behind the PTC will wind up being the first ones locked up.

TV-MA-L (1)

dward90 (1813520) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338342)

This is the exact reason television developed a rating system: to give parents a relatively easy way to decide what material is appropriate for their own kids. If parents want to have their children sequestered from the world of human speech, they have that right. However, no group has the right to tell another group what they should or should not say in any medium. It's the entire point of the first amendment.

Doesn't go far enough..... (1)

NiteShaed (315799) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338344)

While they're at it, shoot, darn, gosh-darn-it, and golly are just surrogates for other "unacceptable" words too. Perhaps the PTC should be going after "Leave it to Beaver" reruns as well for promoting this kind of potty-mouth behaviour in children. Gee-wilikers, hey don't even "bleep" those words!

change it back then (5, Insightful)

DynamoJoe (879038) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338352)

Fine, then remove $#*! and put back the word "Shit". If they're going to be offended anyway, might as well make it count.

Hey (1)

fragnafritzz (1098565) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338354)

If you've got a stick up your ass, you might as well fuck yourself with it.

WT#? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338362)

screw 'em

What can they do about my brain? (4, Informative)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338364)

What do the decency groups know about indecency?

(. ) ( .)

Are these decent? I'm sorry, you can't wash out the filth out of my brain ... you can try, but I see the a-style logo [astyle.it] and I see what I see, because of the filth in *my* brain.

If you see the same ... well *giggle*

You're doin' it wrong (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338476)

(oYo)

See? Much better! (Yes, filth is in the eye of the beholder.)

Re:You're doin' it wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338596)

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Caterpie_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Dear PTC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338366)

Dear PTC $#%, 345#$%#$ and $%#$%$#ers.

If you don't want to watch, please feel free to change the channel, otherwise leve me the f$#@ alone and let me enjoy my programming in piece.

P.S You busybody munch of f$#@@ing wanker eat $@#$ and die.

Love

A m$#@$%f$@er who's tired of your $#i@

Qbert? (1)

olddotter (638430) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338372)

Sorry. Maybe I'm getting old, but what is Qbert slang for? I know the game, BTW.

Re:Qbert? (1)

devjoe (88696) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338562)

I don't think Q*bert is slang for anything, but the character swears with a series of punctuation marks in the video game, similar to the title of this program.

*Sigh* (4, Insightful)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338380)

I block channels with religious programming, because I don't care to see it. If you are too sensitive to allow yourself to be exposed to implied vulgarity, feel free to block the channels that offend your delicate sensibilities.

Here's the gaff; YOU AREN'T CBS's CUSTOMER. Advertisers are. CBS is quite expert at attracting viewers. If you don't like their content, by all means DON'T WATCH IT.

This really isn't a difficult concept.

-Peter

Humor them... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338390)

and change the name of the show to Crap My Dad Says instead. That'll show 'em!

Re:Humor them... (1)

Megahard (1053072) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338624)

But "crap" is vaguely obscene. Should be "Excrement my Dad says"

PTC is bunch of repressed girly men (2, Interesting)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338402)

"The PTC will wage an unrelenting campaign against every network advertiser that chooses to support this program; and in this instance, we will wage an unrelenting campaign against every local advertiser sponsoring the program at the affiliate station level," Winter warns.

And I will boycott any company that caves into these power hungry anti American pansies: against Free Speech = Anti American = Traitor.

And, I will put any company that tells these repressed sissies on the front of my purchasing list.

The PTC are a bunch of #^&@@*# and $&@((*$## swallowing ^$**##!

But PTC, because of the minority of people like you who can't take "harsh" words, I have stopped watching TV because it has become so infantilized to the point of being boring, vapid, and just a waste of time. Which is interesting because of those programs that are geared towards stupid people are perfectly fine to the PTC. The PTC likes stupid stuff and I guess that makes them stupid?

Never mind. I've wasted too much time thinking about those *&*@^# people at the PTC..

That's right Winter! I called you a *&^&*#$###! What are going to do about it you (*^(*(*@(*#**#####!!!

That's not the offensive part (2, Insightful)

Angst Badger (8636) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338408)

What's really offensive is that, in this day and age, we can't just say "shit" when we mean "shit". Queen Victoria may not be amused, but the Victorian age has been over for a long, long time.

From the ShitMyDadSays Facebook page: (1)

Joao (155665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338416)

"They're offended? Fuck, shit, asshole, shitfuck; they're just words...Fine. Shitfuck isn't a word, but you get my point."

Just one question (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338426)

How long has it been since Tim Winter last got laid? I wouldn't be surprised if he has no children of his own...

Re:Just one question (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338628)

Unfortunately, these types of groups are usually filled with hot girls looking for guys like this. It's sad, but he's probably doing just fine there.

Everyone's advice to me as a single guy on finding women is "Dude - you should go to church! There's lots of girls there!". And that strategy has worked for many people. I just refuse to compromise myself in that way.

I agree that it's indecent, here is why. (1)

Kaz Kylheku (1484) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338428)

The $#*! stands in place of a word, in a particular context. It's the semantics of the underlying expression that is indecent, not the $#*! itself.

Let's ask this question: how can you fill in the blank in ``____ my dad!'' such that the sentence is decent, and yet the word filled in requires to be covered up with $#*!.

I do not think... (4, Insightful)

Kylere (846597) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338430)

I do not think that adults who still talk to invisible friends have any right to make decisions for the rest of us.

"$#*!" the Decency Group (1)

donrich39 (723851) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338432)

Too many people have nothing to do!

freeballer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338438)

these decency groups need to take the stick out of their as- and raise their own children their own way and leave everybody else alone.
Everybody knows saying !@#$^ is indecent, yet we do that to convey a concept like stubbing their toe in the shortest possible method.
If they are so offended they need to stop bitching, it used to be saying breast of chicken was indecent. Yet its used everyday and in fact
breast refering to female anatomy isn't really a stigma anymore.

Change channel, or get a life, get a job (or a better one), throw out your tv and have sex once in a while. Frig! How they "think" (and I use that word loosely refering to them)
asterix is offensive?

Yknow. (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338468)

I had a teacher in third grade, who forbade the use of the word "superman" because it contained the word "super" (slang for drinking in Swedish.) I was the only one in class who had even a shred of sympathy for her. Later I realized she had Asperger's, without any self-insight whatsoever, and every goddamn psychiathrist I've met swears I have asperger's too. I'm still prone to orange-and-blue humanity-absolved morality like this; if it seems insane, could that be because it is "insane"?

In other news ... (1)

handy_vandal (606174) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338470)

People with allergies say ragweed pollen makes them sneeze.

America has it all upside-down (1)

ThoughtMonster (1602047) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338474)

Swearing is immoral and God forbid our children seeing any naked bodies (male or female) on the telly.

On the other hand, violence (Rambo-like caricature violence is still violence) and titilation is probably OK.

I recently read that family groups were all up in arms because the little girl in the movie Kick-Ass said the word "cunts" or something like that. They did not seem to mind the fact that she murders tens of people in the film, though.

It's legal in Fremont (Seattle) (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338496)

So they should change the channel or turn off their TVs and leave our community standards in place.

devil's advocate.... (1)

kervin (64171) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338526)

My observations on the subject...

An effect language communicates the very broad range of human emotions that are possible. Everything from euphoric happiness to blinding hate. And there are many, many of those spectrums.

This is where curse words come in. They help or allow us to communicate some of those extreme emotions or feelings.

Accepting those words in everyday speech, making them less taboo diminishes their effectiveness. And in the end, simply necessitates us arbitrarily marking new words as taboo so as to communicate these important feelings.

Annoying groups offend me (1)

CrazySpence (609418) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338532)

I think all members of the PTC need to be shot and their children sold to poorer countries for their constant freaking out over nothing.

I'll start an Anti-Parents Television Council (1)

mozumder (178398) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338542)

And the first complaint we're going to send to the FCC is about the random unpronounceable symbols in the show title instead of using the more appropriate word "shit".

The Parents Television Council (1)

X86Daddy (446356) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338558)

The PTC is an indecent group. To abuse a Twain quote, these people really do want to outlaw steak because babies can't chew it. It's even worse though... Their aim is to turn every television show into saccharin, content-less, right-wing Abrahamic-style "morality" approved, child-oriented programming, without exception. These are the same people who performed an automated letter writing campaign thing when Janet Jackson's nipple threatened to destroy the very fabric of society, thereby getting the massive increase in FCC "obscenity" fines a few years back.

On further thought, the steak and babies analogy actually fails with these people... after all, a nipple is one of the very first things a baby should see.

Criminal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338564)

And people wonder "where were the parents" when kids go bad. I can pretty much point to the commenters to this thread and say "They were here"

Me too (1)

aafiske (243836) | more than 4 years ago | (#32338570)

I have a rich contempt for families and the public too, where do I sign up to show my support?

hmm.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32338578)

Wont someone think of the children?! ... maybe parents should step up and actually do some parenting instead of having some agency...

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