TV awesomeness is up 2400%

The self appointed vanguards of censoring speech, the Parent’s Television Council, just released a very inspiring report about the use of indecent language on broadcast primetime TV.

The bad news first. Fans of “damn” and “bastard”, you will be disappointed to know that usage of those words went down in this study compared to five years ago. And would probably be WAY down from 100 years ago when when sodden tarnacious scalawags actually used those words.

The good news is that overall free speech profanity is up 63% since the previous survey in 2005.  We must give the PTC props for keeping us appraised of the increase of free speech.

The PTC lists all sorts of profanity.  I have heard “dick” more in the past year on TV, but I reckon that got lumped into the PTC category for “other genitals” (other meaning other than balls and euphemisms for balls).  The C-word does not rank its own category (not crap, which is up 57%) so I guess that is lumped into Other Genitals as well.  BTW,  my tween daughters think Crap IS the C-word.

Here is the big surprise of the survey.  The F-word it #1 in Prime Time!  The number one profanity in terms or usage (276) and percent increase (2409%) is “bleeped fuck”.  The only other word that the PTC counted was shit which came in at a measely 95 uses.  Fuck is far and away the profanity of choice on network TV.  It is like the networks said to the FCC, “@#$% the FCC for their &$#@ing sanctimonious imposition of skewed moral values, you %@#&ers!”

Here are the stats. You can read the entire PTC report here.

Language is the least of my concerns when the TV is on.  The kids hear plenty of cursing when daddy steps on a stray Duplo brick with his bare feet.  The ideas that are on TV are far more troubling for me as a rational parent.  TV violence is usually cartoony, but the new show The Walking Dead was too grody and scary for me to watch with the kids in the room.  I am not worried about the kids seeing a nipple or a couple in love, but I would pause Tivo if the girls were in the room when characters were discussing something too mature for them to understand.  An eight year old does not need to know the details of Bree’smenopausal fling with a well endowed man who can go all night.

Tivo (and the Pause button) are the best tools for parents controlling what kids see on TV.  Not the PTC or FCC with their fines and boycotts.

For kicks, here is the PTC About statement from their webpage with all the profanity “BLEEPED”

The Parents Television Council is a #$%@$&% education organization advocating responsible %&$#@#$%. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are #$%&$ assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. Our &$&@#$ grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and $&#$ with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to &$%# the flow of harmful and negative $#%&# targeted to &%@#$. We are a &%@#$# organization that @$&%# with elected and appointed government officials to @$&&#$%# #$ broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces &%@$# research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in $&#@$&#$@#&$@. This information is %#$@ free of charge so parents can make &@$%#$ viewing choices for their own families.

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