Sunday Question – How Do You Feel About All This Profanity?

I have never cursed. I have never said a bad word in my life. I’ve never even come close to saying a bad word because I got mad at anything. When I was younger, I know I had trouble saying the word “Schlitz”, which was one of the beer brands my dad used to drink, so it’s possible I said something at that time. Other than that potential however, I have never said anything that anyone could ever consider as profane.

I mention this because last weekend, from what I understand, the MTV Awards were pretty much nothing but profanity. It supposedly got so bad that the sensors couldn’t keep up with all of it during the live feed, and so much bad language got through that the company ended up apologizing the next day. You can bet that there will be an FCC fine coming down the line. After all, if they find the CBS $500,000 when Justin Timberlake inadvertently pulled down Janet Jackson’s top, fill definitely fine MTV and hefty sum because they know that nobody even tried to talk to any of these so-called celebrities about the possibility of tempering their language.

I don’t know if anyone can really explain to me what what all of this is about these days. Sure, back when I was a kid there was some language that was thrown around. After all, I’m a military kid who lived on a military base, and military professionals are not necessarily known for their discretion when it comes to their language. However, most of the time if they were children around at least a married ones would try to watch their language as much as possible when they’re out in public. And something almost nobody ever did was use bad language in front of their parents or someone else’s parents.

These days nobody cares whether it’s an adult or child, they pretty much believe they have the right to say whatever they want to say where ever they want to say it and as loud as they want to say it. And they all believe that they should be able to express themselves this way without worrying that someone is going to take offense and probably punch them in the face. I tend to be one of those people who believes that if you decide to engage in behavior that outside of the norm that you expose yourself to whatever reaction comes and you probably deserved it. If you’re acting in noble fashion you wouldn’t say things like this, even though your actions might be extraordinary, and in that case I might say that the reaction you get might be a bit extreme. After all, nothing is ever cut and dry.

Now obviously I’m not a prude. I watch movies where there’s profanity, and of course I watch a lot of sports for every once in a while you will hear a player or coach other something that you probably wish they wouldn’t other because you know kids are watching, but if you’ve ever played sports you know that people get caught up in the emotions and sometimes stuff just comes out. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, even in movies because it’s fiction. We all have the rights of choice in determining whether were going to participate in things such as movies and the like. Heck, a very small portion of my mind wants to say that what happened at the MTV Awards was fine also. The difference in the second is enabled alive presentation, everybody who was on the show knew it was live, and at a certain point based on what I’ve read some of the people who got up on stage decided to have fun with it and see if they could top what someone else instead by using even more bad language than was necessary.

Personally, I think a lot of this behavior is definitely unnecessary. I have a couple of friends who use profanity all the time,and you can bet that I call them on it. It doesn’t seem to make them change, and that’s sort of too bad because it makes me think that they really could care less about my feelings and have almost no respect for me. I know that’s not how they feel, as they told me that, in their reasoning is always that they try but just can’t seem to control it all the time. My response back is that they don’t talk that way at work to the people they work for, and at least in one case would never speak that way to his own mother, which means that they can’t control themselves, they just choose not to.

So, back to the original question, which are thought about profanity? Do you really believe it’s so harmless that anybody can say anything they want to? Or do you believe that it’s just another stage in the world’s “development” that were all going to have to get used to? At least I can say this: there will be no bad language on this blog, and I’m not putting up with it in any comments. I figure since I pay for it, it’s my prerogative. Your turn; what are your thoughts?
 

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22 comments on “Sunday Question – How Do You Feel About All This Profanity?

  • As an Englishman, profanity is part of every day conversation 🙂 But I don’t use it at work (often) and I don’t use it around children. The celebrities were looking for a shock factor and for media interest. Very weak of them.
    .-= ray´s last blog ..The Bible – Surrogate Motherhood =-.

    • Americans often use the same excuse for the language, Ray. Thing is, I hear people using it at times when I really think it’s inappropriate, such as just walking down the street with almost anyone in earshot, including kids & the elderly, and even in stores in front of clerks who can’t respond in kind. It just seems like people don’t care about anyone else for the most part. With their friends, fine, if their friends are speaking the same way.

  • I think it all comes down to professionalism. I’ve been known to drop a few f bombs but not when there are women or kids around.

    These MTV celebrities must have been playing to an audience because if they weren’t getting the response they were looking for you’d think they’d try a different tack. Either that or their complete morons.

    • Just asking Rummuser, but when your son uses it in front of you, do you feel that he’s not giving you the respect you deserve? It’s a shame, but this newer generation doesn’t believe words they say should impact anything until someone hurts them because of it.

    • At least they think it is, Rummuser, and that’s a shame. But at least he doesn’t talk to you like that; good thing. 🙂

  • I know some people that have been using profanity for so long, they really don’t even realize it.

    For some, every other word is an F-bomb!

    I think the media is definately a big part of it- not so long ago, certain words weren’t EVER heard on TV- now you can hear anything and everything at all times of the day and night.
    .-= Carolee´s last blog ..Keywords, Labels, tags and other blog tools =-.

    • Good points Carolee. You’re right, for many people it’s just how they talk, and yet they also seem to know when it’s not going to be beneficial to them and in those times they act right. That’s when you realize they’re not being truthful, just looking for excuses to be crude and not have to think about how to express themselves better.

  • I’ve been known to use profanity, but in front of those who are not offended by it. I don’t use it all the time.

    I have met those whose main vocabulary is profanity. That I’m bothered by.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Sexting and Teens =-.

  • I do swear, but never ever in front of people who I know don’t like it. A lot of my family (including my inlaws) don’t, some of my friends don’t.

    Most of mine is done when I am cooking as I get very impatient and lost my temper with the pots, the pans, the hotplate and most particularly the ceramic hob. I also swear incessantly at flies. They don’t seem to be bothered one way or another.

    There are certain situations in which I don’t like to hear swearing, particularly when it gets excessive (sometimes I even get fed up with my own. One time I told a Heron to **** off – but then it had just eaten my favourite goldfish. Truly.)

    I don’t like to hear children swear. I think the first time I heard a small child swear, I kinda went into shock. These days I’m used to it in a town but still find it quite unnatural if I hear it in the rural area where I now live. (Is that curious? I’m not sure.)

    If you’ll allow me a link to one of my posts (which is, I feel, somewhat still on topic..) the lower part of this post contains my feelings about excessive swearing: RESERVOIR CATS… and some fish.

    Did I see the delete button? Nah, I think not. I think you’ll like this.
    🙂
    .-= Val´s last blog ..Motherpearl =-.

    • That was funny! And I love the image on this post as well. My phrase of choice is “blankety-blank”; if I need, I’ll add “dirty rotten” to it. Yeah, it comes out funny in a way, but that’s what I say.

  • PS. I’ve just added you to my blogrolly thing – is that okay? I’ve put you under blogroll.

    Now, in my opinion, blogroll sounds like swearing….
    .-= Val´s last blog ..Motherpearl =-.

    • Always happy to be on someone’s blogroll. And it doesn’t sound like sweating to me lol

      • Mm… and I actually meant to put ‘you’re under WordPress’! I have most of the blogs under the bloghosts so that I know how easily or not I can comment – certain platforms (not WP) which I won’t name in your comments – but have named in my blog – are a nuisance to use.

        There – see – I didn’t use a swear word there!
        😉
        .-= Val´s last blog ..Motherpearl =-.

      • Proud of you. lol And you could have named them, especially if one is Blogger, which is at times a pain in the neck for me.

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