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  1. Profanity/Vulgarity

    One of the things that most offends me in media and entertainment is the use of vulgar language. When watching movies on television I breathe a sigh of relief whenever I see, "Edited for content". That means less distasteful and unnecessarily offensive content. I suppose I am more sensitive to this type of thing since becoming a parent. I love certain bands and artist's music. Unfortunately, some of the words they use in their lyrics are such that I recoil in shock and horror at the thought of introducing their music to my children. I have never been a fan of swearing, particulary the F*** word. There are tactful ways to express the same idea and emotion without resorting to crudity. It takes more creativity, wit and humor to be euphemistic while still getting the point across. Some of the most delightful movies were made during the time of the heaviest censorship. Writers had to be more clever. Double entendre and innuendo were used to express things which, phrased delicately, did not upset the sensors but definitely would have if put too bluntly. Obviously there needs to be a balance. Political correctness can be (and often is) taken to far to the extreme. It is not realistic of me I suppose, but I would much prefer to hear kinder and gentler ways of expressing things in media and entertainment as opposed to an overabundance of the F*** word, etc. True, I or my children might hear worse at work or school than much of entertainment which I find offensive. There is a difference, however, between that and choosing to pay money to bring it into your home. There are movies which are excellent, except for that one part. There are songs which would have been beautiful except for an ugly word. Some even which beg the question, "Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?!" When a musician puts out songs with vulgar language, I hesitate to have my children even listen to the safe ones. My fear is that by becoming fans of the safe ones, it will lead them to be exposed to the others. I admit also that knowing a musician uses vulgarity in their songs lessens my enjoyment of the ones in which they don't.
  2. Profanity/Vulgarity

    One of the things that most offends me in media and entertainment is the use of vulgar language. When watching movies on television I breathe a sigh of relief whenever I see, "Edited for content". That means less distasteful and unnecessarily offensive content. I suppose I am more sensitive to this type of thing since becoming a parent. I love certain bands and artist's music. Unfortunately, some of the words they use in their lyrics are such that I recoil in shock and horror at the thought of introducing their music to my children. I have never been a fan of swearing, particulary the F*** word. There are tactful ways to express the same idea and emotion without resorting to crudity. It takes more creativity, wit and humor to be euphemistic while still getting the point across. Some of the most delightful movies were made during the time of the heaviest censorship. Writers had to be more clever. Double entendre and innuendo were used to express things which, phrased delicately, did not upset the sensors but definitely would have if put too bluntly. Obviously there needs to be a balance. Political correctness can be (and often is) taken to far to the extreme. It is not realistic of me I suppose, but I would much prefer to hear kinder and gentler ways of expressing things in media and entertainment as opposed to an overabundance of the F*** word, etc. True, I or my children might hear worse at work or school than much of entertainment which I find offensive. There is a difference, however, between that and choosing to pay money to bring it into your home. There are movies which are excellent, except for that one part. There are songs which would have been beautiful except for an ugly word. Some even which beg the question, "Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?!" When a musician puts out songs with vulgar language, I hesitate to have my children even listen to the safe ones. My fear is that by becoming fans of the safe ones, it will lead them to be exposed to the others. I admit also that knowing a musician uses vulgarity in their songs lessens my enjoyment of the ones in which they don't.