Will wonders ever cease?  The ever increasingly liberal Supreme Court has ruled, by a 5-4 decision no less, that the American people do not have to sit in their living rooms nightly and be bombarded with filthy and vulgar language on television.

 

Will wonders ever cease?  The ever increasingly liberal Supreme Court has ruled, by a 5-4 decision no less, that the American people do not have to sit in their living rooms nightly and be bombarded with filthy and vulgar language on television.
On Tuesday, the high court ruled that the Federal Communications Commission has the authority to crack down on what Justice Antonin Scalia calls the “foul-mouth glitteratae from Hollywood.”
 The ruling allows the FCC to levy huge fines on broadcasters for airing a single expletive.
In their ruling, the Supreme Court stated TV viewers “should not be hit with the f-word or the s-word during prime-time broadcasts.”
The FCC recently broadened fines for 4-letter word tirades following several incidents on live broadcasts. Nicole Richie uttered expletives during the 2003 Billboard Music Awards in reference to her and her co-star, Paris Hilton’s series “The Simple Life.” Cher also used profanity against her critics during a Billboard Music Awards presentation.  The FCC estimated that 2.5 million minors viewed the show.
The FCC’s new policy says a single “fleeting expletive” could trigger “huge” fines for the network and local broadcasters who air the show.
Fox and other networks challenged the policy calling it “unjustified and unwarranted.”
We’ve come a long way haven’t we baby? There was a whole generation of movie-goers who covered their ears near the end of “Gone with the Wind” when Clark Gable as Rhett Butler uttered that immortal line…”Frankly my dear I don’t give a——.”
Over the years we’ve dulled our senses to listening to what is often referred to as “John Wayne cussin’” in the movies, which gradually gravitated onto the TV screens. Screenwriters said it was necessary to make their stories more “realistic.”
Frankly, I could do with less reality and more entertainment. The really good programs of the 50s and 60s didn’t rely on bad language but rather on well-written dialogue.
I lay the blame on the rise of gutter language to the level of “social acceptability” squarely on the shoulders of “The Woodstock Generation.” Along with free love, drugs and the anti-establishment (anyone over age 30) came the vulgar talk, which became a slogan for the youth of the day.
Once there was a time when even a soldier or sailor would blush when they accidently turned loose with an expletive in front of a lady. Today, some women can talk circles around men when it comes to filthy talk.
As a church-going, God-fearing individual, I also am concerned about the manner in which people profane the name of God on television and in public. And I don’t just mean putting God’s name in front of a word that describes condemnation, I am referring to how loosely God’s name is used in everyday conversation. “Oh my God” might be a proper response to the 9-11 attacks, Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy Assassination but not to having your home remodeled on H&G TV.
The Bible says let your “Yes be yes and your no be no.” Any additional adjectives are “vain and foolish babblings.”
I tip my hat to Justice Scalia, who apparently cast the deciding vote in the court’s ruling. Maybe the ruling will lead back to a kinder, gentler speaking society because you can be sure our young people are influenced by what they hear and see over the airwaves.
Scalia stated in the court’s ruling, ”The commission could reasonably conclude that the pervasiveness of foul language and the coarsening of public entertainment in other media such as cable, justify more stringent regulation of broadcast programs so as to give conscientious parents a relatively safe haven for their children.”
Amen, Justice Scalia.
When it comes to coarse language, some things are better off being left unsaid.