What's so bad about ****?
A simple word, but yet one that would practically ensure that the person who said it never worked on TV again.
The reason I ask this is in honor of the South Park movie, which I recently saw. The thing I found amusing about it was that they had a song about how the little children shouldn't swear, and the song went 'don't say ****, because that's the worst thing you can say'.
I found this rather ironic, given that the point of the film was to be offensive, but, incredibly, it appears that using the word '****' would get the film banned, so they pretended that, in fact, '****' is the 'worst' thing one can say.
What is it that is so bad about the ******? Why, as it appears, would the word '****' get a film an X certificate, whereas something like Lethal Weapon, filled with violence, would get away with an R?
Does this say something about our society, where a simple anatomical word can cause greater offense than murder?
I think it would be better for everyone if these words were effectively neutered; I certainly do not see anything wrong with '****'s (the word!) on TV. It is only by allowing onesself to be offended that these words gain power. For instance, I believe that those little old ladies who take mortal affront at the children on the bus, deliberately trying to offend them, would be better off ignoring it - by doing so, they are better off, since they have one annonyance removed from their life.
Furthermore, and rather more fundamentally, why is it that the most offensive thing in our society refers to the female *******? Doesn't this just show how far we have to go before we have any sexual equality? Or is it just part of the repressed sexuality (that is so misguided that an anatomical word is somehow more offensive than rape or death) that has been with us since Victorian times, and which leads to all the sexual hangups, violence and inequality in our society?
PS. The poll is in honor of ****.
1. AAAA, the American Association for the Aliteration of Acronyms
2. Any one of the 36^4 alphanumeric printable combinations of 10 digits plus 26 letters
3. Any offensive element of the above combination to any social group in existence or yet to exist
4. Pac is obviously a troll worst than amazing
Editorial: This goes for some perspective (with apologies to amazing). Words are just sets of letters, which in their turn are mostly sets of geometrical forms. Any emmotion is in the eye, the body and the brain of the beholder. When someone once complained that a woman in his painting was distorted, a very famous French impressionist painter replied "But, my lady, it is not a woman, it is a painting". Think about it.
Evolution doesn't take prisoners