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What's all the "bleepin" about?Posted Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 6:31 PM
Before I get started here, yes I'm aware it's been a long time since I've posted. I keep telling myself I'll do better and then I get tied up and forget, so, once again, I'll do better. HAHA
OK, so I have the evening off and I'm sitting here on the couch flipping through channels and we passed the MTV Music Awards. While under normal circumstances I wouldn't pay it any attention, but yesterday I read a story about how many "bleeps" there were this year. Apparently, in the first 120 minutes, there were more than 100 bleeps and numerous instances that should have been bleeped.
So far, I've watched for 10 minutes and we're 11 bleeps into it.
What my question is, is does a bleep really make a statement less vulgar? I mean, we all know the words and what they're saying and a bleep doesn't change the context of anything. As much as I think we have no shortage of regulation, I have to say that this is something that should be watched more closely and if you're going to bother censoring something, then censor it. Maybe a good whopper of a fine might help to line some of this out.
MTV isn't the only one. Comedy Central is probably the worst channel on cable television as far as this goes. Cartoon Network isn't much better.
My point is, without the bleeps, the show would have been rated R without a doubt, and been subject to different guidelines, like editing out portions of movie.
A few bleeps, in my humble opinion, doesn't make it any less garbage than it already is.
At the risk of repeating my parents, this has really gotten much worse in the last 10 years. Who knows what we'll see on television by 2030.
Ok, I'm hopping off my soap box now.
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