Protests can be effective. The internet blackout caught the attention of folks everywhere. Hopefully the folks that vote it down. (SOPA and PIPA)
Protests can bring about fodder for late night hosts. Or they can become world changing- think Egypt.
But then there’s dumb protests. I mean really useless, stupid ones. The kind that bring to light stuff that would have sailed on under the radar but their protests bring them to our attention. And then I blog about it and it brings it to light even more. So I’m contributing to the stupid, vicious cycle. Pretend I didn’t write this. Unless you agree with me, then enjoy.
Awhile ago I shot back at uber conservative moms who didn’t like Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls. Apparently, it was offensive to have balls in the name of an ice cream that your kids shouldn’t be eating in the first place since it was rum flavored. See? Stupid.
So then I read about more uptight parents and a college kid protesting swearing on TV. I thought they couldn’t swear on TV. They are upset about the latest Modern Family episode where Cameron and Mitchell’s toddler Lilly, drops an F-Bomb. They bleep it out and the producers say she said ‘Fudge’ in real life. It only LOOKS like she said the F word. Harmless.
I seriously don’t think the rampant use of teenagers using F-bombs is due to toddlers on television.
Okay those of you who know me personally, know I will probably defend Modern Family to infinity. I love that show. Heck, I am that show. HELLOOO?? I’m Claire. I want to be Gloria, but I’m Claire. I’m also a bit of Cameron and Phil… but the point is- this show is art imitating life. And that is what makes it so great. I suppose they should have also banned the episode where the kids walk in on the parents ‘doing it’ since that will lead groves and groves of parents to flagrant nookie while our children are home.
This kid, McKay Hatch who says his No Cussing Club has 35,000 members, obviously doesn’t have kids so he is clueless to the rampant swearing and potty talk that streams from toddlers and preschoolers like a turrets affliction. And maybe the parents group protesting has perfect children that never say anything inappropriate. Just about any parent will give you that great story of the first time their kid uses the F word. It was probably in public. Like in church. Or at your in-laws. Perfectly humiliating situations to share with your child when they are an adult at their wedding rehearsal dinner.
Kids swearing for our entertainment is nothing new. What about the fabulous scene in A Christmas Story where Ralphie is helping his dad change the tire on the side of the road and drops the F-bomb to his parent’s dismay? And to his dismay later when he has to suck on that bar of soap. It’s part of life.
Television is entertaining. We like it because it lets us escape, or it shows up as a mirror and we can laugh at ourselves. Which is the case with a show like Modern Family. I don’t think it will cause an outbreak of toddler swearing beyond what we’re used to.
So college kid- guess what? The karma parenting fairies usually have a way of getting back at you. You might need to invest in some bars of Life Buoy soap.
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