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Norman Lear and the Supreme Court

By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 10:59 am in Uncategorized.

Apparently Norman Lear doesn’t care much for the Supreme Court upholding the FCC’s power to ban “fleeting” so-called obscenities on television. Neither do I, to tell you the truth.

It’s not so much that I want to hear these words – and I certainly don’t want my kids to hear them. Which is why I try to steer them away from cable shows featuring bad language and violence. That’s what parents are supposed to do. I don’t care so much about bare boobs (OK, when it comes down to it, I’m in favor of them), which won’t give them nightmares and won’t lead to them swearing like Bill O’Reilly. Then again, they don’t need to go to school and talk about all the naked people they see on TV. That’s just me worrying about what people think of me.

But the idea that adults’ ears must be sheltered from certain words is just nonsense, especialy when talking about characters on television who, in real life, would use colorful language. We’re adults … we’ve heard it before and we have other things to worry about. Like stocking up on surgical masks and weapons for when the Swine Flu fills the streets with flesh-eating zombies. Which would be fine with the Supreme Court, as long as they don’t say the F word.

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