At the time, the words were considered highly inappropriate and unsuitable for broadcast on the public airwaves in the United States , whether radio or television. As such, they were avoided in scripted material, and bleep censored in the rare cases in which they were used. Broadcast standards differ in different parts of the world, then and now, although most of the words on Carlin's original list remain taboo on American broadcast television. The list was not an official enumeration of forbidden words, but compiled by Carlin to flow in a comedy routine. Nonetheless, a radio broadcast featuring these words led to a U.
Since when can the "F" word be said on TV?
Why Can't People Say Fuck on Television? | The Mary Sue
Skip navigation! Story from Pop Culture. When trailers for Tina Fey 's new movie, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot , began to air on TV, we were, of course, intrigued by the idea of the comedian playing a war correspondent. Then another question popped up: Since when did the F-word get so acceptable that we can see it referred to casually albeit as "WTF" spelled out in military alphabet without the Parents Television Council blowing a gasket? Are we possibly done clutching our pearls about a little word? To answer that question, we decided to give ourselves — and you — a little history of the word "fuck" and its place on our screens. The poem skewers some monks "because they fuck the wives of [the town of] Ely.
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But this is the first time I can remember a broadcast commerical on any network actually using the F-word. I think but am not sure that the FCC censorship of certain words only applies to broadcast TV that you can pick up with an antenna for free , not cable channels even ones like comedy central. There are really no legal standards for cable to begin with as it is not subject to the same FCC oversight which applies only to media which use part of the public spectrum to broadcast. However, many cable channels have tended to voluntarily limit themselves to following some of the basic rules anyway, such as watching what goes on the air before certain times of the night.
More than once. There's a spoiler for X-Men: First Class if you've not seen it, too. The best gag in Get Shorty sequel Be Cool that didn't involve Dwayne Johnson is at the beginning of the movie, when John Travolta's mobster-turned-movie-producer Chili Palmer talks about why he's leaving the movie business. You know what I say? Fuck that.