OK I’m going to say this once: There is a difference between cursing, and cursing in context.
Last night the internet was up in arms over a tweet made by satirical online newspaper, The Onion, and an allegation that Family Guy creator and Oscars host Seth Macfarlane sexualized a nine-year-old.
Yesterday The Onion tweeted: “Everyone is afraid to say it but Quvenzhané Wallis (the nine-year-old Oscar nominated star of Beasts of The Southern Wild) is kind of a c***, right?,” and deleted it about an hour later after outrage spread like wildfire across the social network.
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To profane is human, and occasionally divine. Swearing can be functional, and powerful. In the right hands a good swear word can be wildly entertaining, shocking, surprising. Offensive. Funny. Liberating.
There’s a shedload of stories in this country and overseas about swearing at the moment, sparking kerfuffles over what language is acceptable, and what goes too far. Can there ever be a consensus?
2Day FM, employer and enabler of Kyle Sandilands’ rabid sewer mouth, has banned nine words as part of its attempt to impose a “kids in the car” decency test on radio announcers. On the blacklist are: “F . .k, f . .ker, motherf . .ker, arsehole, bullshit, shit, f . .kwit, c . .t and cock.”
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Mel and Kochie are our friends. That’s what the ads on the back of buses tell us at the moment and that’s the way Sunrise producers want us to feel about their star presenting duo. It works. Many of us do feel that way.
Over at Nine, Today stole Sunrise’s set but they’ve never quite managed to poach Sunrise’s blend of down home folksiness and folksy down homeness. Karl Stefanovic went and transformed himself from sensible foreign correspondent to superblokerrific eccentric everydude, and that has largely worked. But it hasn’t worked as well as “The Sunrise Family”.
Mornings are family time. Mornings are nice time. Mornings are when your food is (mostly) not deep fried, your beverages are (hopefully) non-alcoholic and your kids are (slightly) better behaved. One thing mornings are definitely NOT is swearing time.
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Well, puck me with a fitchfork. The F-word is apparently an acceptable part of Australian speech.
That’s the only conclusion you can draw after the trade mark examiner gave two thucking fumbs up to a soon-to-be-released product called “Nuckin Futs”.
After the initial trade mark application was rejected, a savvy lawyer argued that the f-bomb is an everyday part of Australian speech. And he won. The product is on its way, with the only caveat being it can’t be marketed to minors.
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Are you offended by the C-word?
Had I asked that question a decade ago, the answer would probably have been “yes”.
But the C-bomb has been blowing up in the strangest of places – like the Facebook page of archconservative Lisa Oldfield, wife of right-wing radio broadcaster David Oldfield.
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