TV Blanking out profanity in TV shows

Bliss

Sally Twit
#1
I was watching Scrubs on Paramount Comedy 1 earlier and they kept blanking out all the swear words. One of the characters was going to say "Son of a bitch" and instead of letting us hear "Son of a.." it just cut to silence until the next character spoke. I lost track of the show due to all these silences. It even cut away from the person at times so you couldn't even see their lips move.

Why are these shows shown before 9pm if they're going to mess with it so much? I didn't enjoy it as much because Scrubs is one of those shows that's so random and I want to enjoy it and watch the whole thing. I don't want to sit there guessing what the character said. It's not like Scrubs is full of swearing anyway.

Does it annoy anyone else?
 

Stab-o-Matic5000

Cutting Edge in Murder
#2
It's better than when they switch out the swear words for non-offensive substitutes. My roommate and I watched Casino on TV a couple months ago and it was just awful.
 

BigBob

Registered Member
#3
It's better than when they switch out the swear words for non-offensive substitutes. My roommate and I watched Casino on TV a couple months ago and it was just awful.
This annoys me more then just cutting to silence. I know on some movies on TNT you get something like:

"I'm going to kill you, you mother lover!"
 
#4
I've always been of the impression that getting offended by curse words is retarded, so I can't stand it when they edit movies for TV. One of the worst cases I can remember was watching Happy Gilmore on TV awhile ago. The scene where he wrestles the alligator to get his ball back he says "Give me my ball back you son of a bitch!" but they edited it to "Give me my ball back you stupid baboon!" I just turned the movie off right then and there.

I will say that I like how Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright handle having to edit out the cuss words in their movies. They just make it so absurd it's almost better. For example, in Hot Fuzz, when one of the characters yells "Jesus Christ!" they edited it to "Peas and rice!"
 

Pugz

Ms. Malone
V.I.P.
#5
It bugs the hell out of me, they do it in Friends, Scrubs, Two and Half Men; it's just little swears too, if it was fuck i'd understand but it's just usually bitch, bastard and Friends edited out whore once.
 

oxyMORON

A Darker Knight
#6
Sometimes censoring swear words can be done effectively. Sometimes the *bleep* can make the scene just as funny. But just omitting the word entirely is just weird.

Luckily, Comedy Central allows basically all cus words except fuck.
 

Stab-o-Matic5000

Cutting Edge in Murder
#7
Sometimes censoring swear words can be done effectively. Sometimes the *bleep* can make the scene just as funny. But just omitting the word entirely is just weird.

Luckily, Comedy Central allows basically all cus words except fuck.
And they even allow fuck during certain hours.

Ahh, the glories of channels on cable you have to pay to get, they can get away with practically anything.
 

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#8
I was watching Scrubs on Paramount Comedy 1 earlier and they kept blanking out all the swear words. One of the characters was going to say "Son of a bitch" and instead of letting us hear "Son of a.." it just cut to silence until the next character spoke. I lost track of the show due to all these silences. It even cut away from the person at times so you couldn't even see their lips move.

Why are these shows shown before 9pm if they're going to mess with it so much? I didn't enjoy it as much because Scrubs is one of those shows that's so random and I want to enjoy it and watch the whole thing. I don't want to sit there guessing what the character said. It's not like Scrubs is full of swearing anyway.

Does it annoy anyone else?
Wow. How are you ever going to watch The Sopranos over there? :lol:

Shows here have an age warning displayed. Now, the assumption is if parents are strict about exposing their children to certain things (violent scene/language), they would zap the show. The show itself remains as it is for the viewing pleasure of more mature audiences.
 

Xeilo

Registered Member
V.I.P.
#9
It bugs the me as well, if they are going to make a show with swearing or show a movie with it in a time where they have to beep it out I just don't see the point.
 
#10
If their objective is to make things more obvious on television, as if older people don't know what's going on, they sure so succeed. Watching R-rated movies on public TV during the afternoon makes them seem completely bastardized for those who have already seen the movie in general.