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Toilet Seat Sign of the Times?


I just watched a short video online of the very first time a toilet seat was shown on TV.  It was on the show "Leave it to Beaver" when Beaver & Wally bought a pet baby alligator and needed a place to keep it. They were allowed to show only the top of the toilet (not the seat) with the tank cover removed.  I always knew that couples weren't allowed to sleep in the same bed, but I never realized that bathroom scenes were taboo.

Well times certainly have changed, haven't they?  I turned on my set just a few days ago and there was someone sitting on a toilet doing his business.  Since NYPD Blue we've seen quite a number of bare bottoms too (and a lot more!) 

So do you think going from "no scenes with a toilet in sight" to "sexually explicit scenes & language" means that television has progressed?  I never supported censorship, but what values are we teaching our children and how as a society do we begin to act toward others when our heroes are scheming & ruthless.  Can someone be a little overly ambitious? What some call "Reality" shows are often, at least to me, a sad depiction of society and what it takes to win.  I think a program will do just about anything to increase its viewing audience, so what's next?  How far would you go to win $1 million...or what if the prize was $10 million? 

Entry #84


TenajComment by Tenaj - October 6, 2007, 3:51 pm
I've seen them eat road kill with maggots for $1 Million. On Extreme ???. I couldn't even watch it, let alone do it.

time*treatComment by time*treat - October 6, 2007, 8:21 pm
You've posted many questions here, but I'll answer just 1.
We are teaching our children ... the value of the "off" button.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 7, 2007, 1:17 am
I agree Tenaj, although I once watched a show about a town that specializes in preparing roadkill for dinner. It was weird. I don't know about the maggots however. Yuck!!

Time*Treat - yes, the off button is a very valuable tool.
TenajComment by Tenaj - October 7, 2007, 2:55 am
A line from the movie "Bicentennial Man" Andrew explaining the wild thang.

"That you can lose yourself. Everything. All boundaries. All time. That two bodies can become so mixed up, that you don't know who's who or what's what. And just when the sweet confusion is so intense you think you're gonna die... you kind of do. Leaving you alone in your separate body, but the one you love is still there. That's a miracle. You can go to heaven and come back alive. You can go back anytime you want with the one you love."

tnteaComment by tntea - October 7, 2007, 2:38 pm
I have no young children 24/7 in the house. We have the big screen I bought hubby for his b'day last July. It is for sports only or news. I do not watch tv.   Andy Griffth everyonce in a while.. or if that "joke of a president" is on, I watch... or listen for a good laugh.

I quit watching tv a long time ago. Seems that the shows that are aired are for those with low IQ .
I worries me that the content has gotten worse from what I hear. If people refused to watch the trash then they would clean it up. Write to those who are advertising in the slots between the filth and let them know you refuse to buy their products if they keep supporting such trash.
Rick GComment by Rick G - October 8, 2007, 3:08 pm
I can deal with Rob and Laura's separate beds and the Beaver's no potty censoring, but looking at a man's ugly butt every week on NYPD Blue....now that's just nasty and a little "blur vision" on his ass would have been welcome. I can appreciate naked buttocks as much as the next person, but please, not his and not while I'm eating dinner!
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 8, 2007, 6:46 pm
Tntea, I love Andy Griffith. Once in a while I see it on Family Channel (or maybe it's TVland) and the stories aren't as silly as I thought they were. They talk about relationships with people and family values. There was one I saw recently where Opie was playing with his slingshot and killed a bird, leaving a nest of babies with no mother. His Dad told him to listen to the sound of the baby birds crying for their mother. Still, I wouldn't be happy living in the days where women like Aunt Bea felt their main goal in life was to cook dinner for the men.
ToddComment by Todd - October 8, 2007, 8:42 pm
Just saw your blog entry. I agree with what you're getting at. The bottom line for me is that most of the time the language and imagery is GRATUITOUS. In other words, most of the time it ADDS NOTHING to the scene, and is done for reasons that have nothing to do with the story.

It can be upsetting when you're watching and enjoying something, and you can recognize the moment something is inserted in the show for no purpose that serves the story.

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