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June 21st, 2001

One Less Dirty Word

Have I totally missed something?

Tonight on South Park, they debuted an episode titled “It Hits the Fan.” Now, previously South Park had been pretty heavily bleeped. Any time a character said a curse word, it was censored. However, apparently there is one less “dirty word” for network cable channels to worry about. And, surprisingly, it’s the “S” word.

This latest episode of South Park featured exactly 162 instances of the word “shit.” A counter on the bottom of the screen increased with each utterance. I was amazed by this, as I’d never heard profanity of this level on a non-pay cable station aside from when MTV aired that “Scared Straight 2000” show last year. Try to catch this episode, as there is some interesting social commentary sprinkled throughout.

Could we be seeing a quickly growing trend where people are actually lightening up about profanity on cable? -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday June 21, 2001 -- 9:34:57AM
I sure fucking hope this starts a new age in which "shit" is OK. It will be just like how that goddamned "My Two Dads" made it acceptable to say "ass".

FROM: Patrick
DATE: Thursday June 21, 2001 -- 12:02:36PM
In my book, shit will always be dirty.

DATE: Thursday June 21, 2001 -- 2:01:25PM
If shit will always be dirty in your book, your book will be dirty, too.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday June 21, 2001 -- 3:54:31PM
Rob--Those pages would be stuck together worse than an old Penthouse.

FROM: tristram
DATE: Sunday July 29, 2001 -- 3:51:06PM
well, as i live in the u.k. i often find the tv "entertainment" in the u.s. rather, well, stale, however, south park, has the opposite dramatic effect, oh, and by the way, here in england, we dont censor such things, (and yes, kids do run around saying "shut your fucking mouth uncle fucker".....) but thats not really a problem, because we just kick their asses.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday July 29, 2001 -- 9:19:21PM
Sure, our TV sucks, but we have a lot more of it.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday July 30, 2001 -- 1:47:05AM
How can our tv suck? First off none of it is produced by the BBC. That alone means it is superior to yours you limey bastard.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday July 30, 2001 -- 1:48:03AM
It is kind of shocking though if they would say it that many times, especially when it has never been acceptable before.

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