posted on Oct, 9 2008 @ 09:18 AM
After reading your post and taking 30 minutes or so to contemplate, I find I am a bit confused about several points.
1. What does Michelle Obama (specifically) have to do with censorship on the Daily Show? Why would you think she "has a soft spot" for the language
Jon uses? Why not a "soft spot" for Jews? Or comedians? Or political comedy? Or short men? I'm curious why you would "connect" Michelle Obama to
Jon's language... Maybe she just got invited to do the show and thought it would be fun... I just don't get the Michelle Obama connection. Unless
you wonder this about every guest on the Daily Show. Like John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Jimmy Carter and Bill O'Reilly.
2. Another confusion: The OP seems to be about Comedy Central and their way of dealing with censorship of profanity. And in that case, why was
it posted in the Board Business Forum? (edit: I see it's been moved.)
3. Another possibility: The OP is about the general relaxed attitude about profanity on cable TV. In that case, why tie a specific guest (Michelle
Obama) to it? If it's not supposed to be political...
It's just weird, you say it's not political, but make this strange (to me) connection of Michelle Obama having a soft spot for foul language... As
if her appearance on the show proves that she condones Jon's language or men getting raped on South Park. (I said to my husband that that episode of
South Park was the worst I've ever seen.)
Then the OP ends with the question: Did the wholesome entertainment values displayed over the last century in television end with the death of Michael
This goes back to point 3 above. In that case, I would answer the question by saying that yes, CABLE television (which is all I have) is notably more
relaxed as regards restrictions on language and content than TV was when I was growing up. I sometimes find myself thinking, "I'm glad my mom's not
alive to see this, as she would have been offended." Of course, she probably wouldn't have cable TV or watch the same shows I do, so she may have
remained ignorant to it all.
I'm not sure what Michael Landon's death has to do with it, though. He was on network TV and I can't even speak to that because I don't know if
their restrictions are also lax, as Cable TV is.
Personally, I don't have any problem with the language on cable TV. And I'm not really sure why people who do, even when it's bleeped, watch it. I
did notice on the Daily Show and South Park last night, a slang term for the male anatomy was repeatedly used and not bleeped. It doesn't bother my
ears and if I had kids, they wouldn't be watching it.
So, even though I believe Cable TV has become more and more lax, it doesn't bother me.
[edit on 9-10-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]