If you watched the Emmy awards tonight, you had to notice the people getting "bleeped" but Fox went a bit further and pointed the camera away from the stage when Sally Field used a few questionable words. Was it a political move or were they simply censoring her profanity?
Well, as much as I agree with Ms Field that war is horrible, I turn on my TV to watch entertainment, not hear the political rants of rich celebrities. Sally Field is a very talented actress and I've watched Cybil, Places in The Heart and Norma Rae many times. However, if Hollywood stars want to campaign, then maybe they should appear on Larry King Live or even that awful show The View where women with considerably less talent spurt out their personal views. Anyway, Ms Fields obviously doesn't know her history. History shows that women rulers have been merciless when it comes to war. "Bloody Mary" isn't just the name of a mixed drink, ya know. Okay, Mary I wasn't a mother, but Isabella of Spain had 5 children and she started something called the Inquisition.
On the other hand, the people at Fox are demonstrating their hypocrisy. They own FX don't they? There is more banging, screwing and blowing on that network than on HGTV and the Weather Channel combined. Between Nip/Tuck, The Shield and Rescue Me, I've seen more panting and naked butts than when Animal Planet airs the AKC championship.
Okay, maybe Fox needs to be a little more cautious when broadcasting a live show on network television during the family viewing time. However, when the Parents Television Counsel did a study on "objectionable" viewing material, Fox had more instances of violence, profanity and sexual content than any of the other major networks. In fact, these studies by concerned parents show that violence on Fox has increased over 400% in the past few years. Although it was canceled earlier this year, The War at Home, a Fox sitcom, was rated the worst offender by these media watchdogs. The animated series American Dad, also on Fox, was rated as "filthy and alarming."
Now don't get me wrong folks. I believe in Freedom of Speech and I also believe that parents need to spend quality time with their children and determine what is proper for them to view. However, Fox is always preaching about family values when they are making most of their money airing shows that even make an old child of the '60s like yours truly blush.
If Fox is going to completely censor someone for telling the world she doesn't like war and happens to use g**damn while saying it, why not look at all the violence it feeds our kids? Now that I've written this I'm wondering if this had anything at all to do with the use of profanity. Maybe it was censorship after all.