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Opening Arguments

The bleep formerly known as $#*!

Guess we're evolving. Not only are obscenities objectionable, but the symbols we use to show where the obscenties reside are in bad taste:

The Parents Television Council ramped up its ongoing crusade against how human beings actually speak by condemning the title of a new CBS TV Series: $#*! my dad says.

"CBS intentionally chose to insert an expletive into the actual name of a show, and, despite its claim that the word will be bleeped, it is just CBS' latest demonstration of its contempt for families and the public," declared PTC President Tim Winter. "There are an infinite number of alternatives that CBS could have chosen but its desire to shock and offend is crystal clear in this decision."

There's no way around it. To keep up with evolving standards, we're just going to have to have substitutes for the substitutes. So, when you want to write s--- (come on, you know what I mean), instead of putting in $#*! as a stand-in, put in !?!? as a stand-in for $#*! People will still be able to figure out the word by its context, but you'll be twice removed from reality and thus properly insulated from criticism, so WT!?!


Tue, 05/25/2010 - 8:29am

Of course we know what you mean with s----. You mean "socialist."

Bob G.
Tue, 05/25/2010 - 8:39am

I think this even has CARLIN rolling in his grave...!

tim zank
Tue, 05/25/2010 - 9:17am

They (CBS) might as well just spell it out correctly, it doesn't really matter anymore anyway. Our "progressive" friends assure us it's no "big f'n deal".