In case you haven't heard (and why would you?) there's some-a-cussin' going on. Television cussin', that is. Live TV + Jane Fonda = A Hell of a lot of fun.
Jane Fonda appeared on The Today Show Thursday morning talking about a play called "The Vagina Monologues". As you can see, on television you're allowed to say vagina at 9am, but not ... well, watch and learn:
She "inadvertently said" the word. Really? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, inadvertently:
1 : not focusing the mind on a matter : inattentive 2 : unintentional
- in·ad·ver·tent·ly adverb. It didn't sound unintentional to me. I think she was being advertant. It didn't sound like a slip or something that was not intended to be used. Meredith made it sound like it got spewed out in the heat of the moment. Jane knew what she was saying.
A little faux pas by our old pal Jane. At 70, you'd think she would be old enough to know better. Maybe she does, which is why she said it in the first place. Really gang, it's a word.
Apparently, an action group (with a lot of free time) called Concerned Women for America wants the FCC (what's the F for?) to impose a fine on NBC for allowing Jane to use such offensive language on the air when children can hear it.
Since there are already standards in place and children do swear, where then, do they hear such language? At home, of course, where Concerned Women for America live. You can fine NBC if you want, but kids are still going to say fuck, cunt and motherfucker because they think it's fun. I was a kid once, and it was fun then, too. Since they're not hearing those words on TV, maybe the Concerned Women for America should be in living rooms, shopping centers and (God forbid) schoolyards where parents and other kids are using words like that every hour of every day. Get a life, gang.
I love groups who claim to be "concerned" and use words like America in their names to make it sound like they're looking out for your best interests. What they're actually looking out for are their own best interests, which have nothing in common with yours.
If NBC and the FCC caves under the pressure from this group - let me guess, there are probably about 10 members - then shame on them. The fact is, nobody had a stroke or died from hearing Jane say "the C word" on National television. I don't know how many people watch The Today Show, but there probably aren't enough to make up a good baseball team, let alone be offended by a word.
It's a word. It only means what you want it to mean. I don't use it, but I don't use a lot of words. I don't use words like censorship, repression and conformity either. Groups like the Concerned Women for America only want everybody to be the same, which is a really bad way to behave.